Emily Hallgren, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Office of Community Health and Research and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS. Her work examines the relationship between socioeconomic status and health. She is especially interested in cancer’s financial toxicity and employment effects for both cancer survivors and cancer caregivers, with a special interest in rural populations. Dr. Hallgren’s doctoral work in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago examined financial hardship and employment outcomes among socioeconomically diverse women cancer survivors in rural America. She previously worked at UAMS as a research associate, co-leading community-based participatory research with the Marshallese community in Arkansas to identify and address health disparities. Dr. Hallgren’s long-term goal is to leverage research findings to improve health, quality of life, and economic well-being for all people.