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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Tisha Moniek Felder, PhD, MSW

Research Assistant Professor
Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Arnold School of Public Health and
College of Nursing

Phone: (803) 777-9830
Fax: (803) 777-3771

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 620
Columbia, SC 29208-4001
United States



Dr. Felder received her BA in sociology, with a minor in Spanish, from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC in 2001. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, with specializations in social policy and evaluation (practice method concentration) and community and social systems (practice area concentration) in 2002.  In 2010, she graduated with a PhD in behavioral sciences, with minors in epidemiology and health policy, from the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health in Houston. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Felder received additional research training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of South Carolina, jointly affiliated with the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences in the SC College of Pharmacy, and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of the Arnold School of Public Health. 


Access to health-related services
Health disparities
Cancer survivorship
Community-based participatory research
Mentoring and training of diverse faculty
Health services/outcomes research

The long-term goal of Dr. Felder's research is to identify approaches that address disparities in access to care and related outcomes for vulnerable populations diagnosed with cancer. To date, her work has focused on examining racial/ethnic and socioeconomic factors associated with utilization of pharmaceutical services and care. Most recently, her postdoctoral research investigated racial differences in the use of oral anti-cancer agents among Medicaid-insured breast cancer patients in SC. Her postdoctoral research was informed by findings from her dissertation research which examined the use of pharmaceutical patient assistance programs to improve access to prescription medications. Dr. Felder also has strong research interests in the mentoring and training on junior faculty and community-based participatory research.


Dr. Felder has taught an introductory health promotion theory and methods course and has been invited to guest lecture to undergraduate and graduate students on topics including health disparities, pharmaceutical care and scholarly manuscript development.


Dr. Felder has presented at local and national meetings, including the Hollings Cancer Center Annual Research Retreat, American Public Health Association, and American Association for Cancer Research.

Professional Service

Dr. Felder is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Association for Cancer Research,
South Carolina Cancer Alliance and AcademyHealth.

Professional Practice

Prior to working in academia, Dr. Felder applied her macro-level social work training as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (2003-2005).

Research Studies (Selected)

Exploring the use of pharmaceutical patient assistance programs as an option to improve access to and affordability of prescription drugs. National Cancer Institute Cancer Education and Career Development Fellowship (2005-2010), and a Graduate Student Traineeship (2008-2009) from the U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Racial differences in the use of oral anti-cancer agents among Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with breast cancer (1998-2008). Health Outcomes award from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation. $110,000. 2011-2013. Principal Investigator.

Publications (selected)

Felder TM and Bennett CL. Can patients "afford" to be adherent to expensive oral cancer drugs? Unintended consequences of pharmaceutical development. Journal of Oncology Practice, in press.

Palmer N, Geiger A, Felder T, Case D, Lu L, Weaver K. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care Receipt among Male Cancer Survivors. American Journal of Public Health, 2013 Jul;103(7):1306-13.

Felder TM, Brandt HM, Armstead CA, Cavicchia PP, Braun KL, Adams SA, Friedman DB, Tanjasiri S, Steck SE, Smith ER, Daguisé VG, Hébert JR. Creating a cadre of junior investigators to address the challenges of cancer-related health disparities in community-based participatory research. Journal of Cancer Education, 2012 Jun; 27(3):409-417.

Felder TM, Lal LS, Bennett CL, Hung F, Franzini L. Cancer patients' use of pharmaceutical patient assistance programs in the outpatient pharmacy of a large tertiary cancer center. Community Oncology. 2011 June; 8 (6): 279-286.

Felder TM, Palmer NR, Lal LS, Mullen PD. What is the Evidence for Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs? A Systematic Review. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Feb;22(1):24-48.

Finnie RK, Kneuper S, Felder TM, Mullen PD. Beyond Reading Level: A Systematic Review of the Suitability of Cancer Education Print and Web-based Materials. Journal of Cancer Education. 2010 Dec; 25(4): 497-505.

*Fowler T, Steakley C, Garcia AR, Kwok J, Bennett LM. Reducing disparities in the burden of cancer: the role of patient navigators. Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine. 2006;3(7): e193.

*Maiden name