Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH

"I believe that our members are the key to helping us know how to deliver the best care possible."

Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute




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Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH, is passionate about understanding the influences of policy and culture on patient choices and experiences of clinical care. She asks critical questions about people's experiences with the health policies that directly affect them—and that are changing rapidly—from evidence-based clinical guidelines to insurance coverage rules to patient-provider communication.

Dr. Henrikson's projects include studying ways to improve price transparency for Kaiser Permanente Washington members and researching the impact of price data on behavior. She also explores interventions to improve child and adolescent vaccine use in Washington state. In addition, she is an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates' Evidence-Based Practice Center.

Public health originally captured Dr. Henrikson's interest during her undergraduate internship at a women's correctional facility, where she completed qualitative research on women's experiences with prison health care. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in public health with a health behavior and education concentration. She then completed a doctoral program in public health genetics, focusing on the multidisciplinary assessment of the impact of genetic technology on public health.

Dr. Henrikson's career includes having directed a cancer patient education and resource center for the University of North Carolina. She also worked as a medical editor for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and as a health education specialist at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Henrikson joined Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute as a research associate in 2010 and was promoted to assistant investigator in 2018.


  • Behavior Change

    Social/behavioral theory; mixed methods behavioral research; social epidemiology; patient-provider communication

  • Cancer

    Systematic evidence review; improving patient access to price information

  • Child & Adolescent Health

    Vaccine hesitancy 

  • Public Health Genetics

    Social, ethical, and policy implications of genetic and other emerging technology


Recent publications

Pisu M, Henrikson NB, Banegas MP, Yabroff R. Costs of cancer along the care continuum: what we can expect based on recent literature. Cancer. 17 October 2018. doi:

Henrikson NB, Zhu W, Baba L, Nguyen M, Berthoud H, Gundersen G, Hofstetter AM. Outreach and reminders to improve human papillomavirus vaccination in an integrated primary care system. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Jul 1:9922818787868. doi: 10.1177/0009922818787868. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Blasi PR, Nguyen M, Shibuya KC, Patnode CD. Behavioral counseling for skin cancer prevention: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018 Mar 20;319(11):1143-1157. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.21630. PubMed

Dunn J, Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Blasi PR, Nguyen M, Lin JS. Screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018 Jan 9;319(2):173-187. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.11669. PubMed


Health Services & Economics

Cost-of-care conversations: How can health care be more transparent?

In this interview, Nora B. Henrikson, PhD, describes her new study to identify better ways for patients and providers to talk about how much the patient pays.

Read it in Healthy Findings and Healthcare in America

vaccines & Infectious Diseases

Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV): A shot we can all sing about

With help from the Group Health Foundation, GHRI’s Nora Henrikson and team are finding fun and effective ways to spread the word about HPV vaccine.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Latest news

New way to tackle vaccine hesitancy tested, found wanting

Group Health, WithinReach, Seattle Children’s, BestStart, Washington Department of Health partnered.

Read about it in News and Events.

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