Talar Markossian, PhD, MPH has a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.P.H in Health Services Administration from the American University of Beirut. Her research interests include health outcomes research and economic evaluation of health services programs and policies. The focus of her recent work has been on evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of cancer patient navigation. Cancer patient navigation is a process to guide patients from underserved and ethnic minority origins through the intricacies of the health care system when they receive positive cancer screening. Other recent projects include evaluating disparities in cancer outcomes that are due to race/ethnicity and geographic residency status; and identifying healthcare system-level factors that are associated with disparities to access cancer care.