Dara Sorkin

Associate Professor
School of Medicine

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Psychology and Social Behavior

Phone: (949) 824-0149
Email: dsorkin@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
100 Theory, Suite 100
Mail Code: 1835
Irvine, CA 92697

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Research
Interests
Close relationships, social support and conflict, behavioral lifestyle interventions around chronic disease management, program evaluation, integration of technology into health decision making
   
URL Reducing Racial Disparities in Diabetes: The Coached Care Project
   
Academic
Distinctions
2015 Outstanding Community Research Award Recipient

2015 Dean's Junior Physician/Scientist Award for Outstanding Research
   
Available Technologies
  Sorkin, D. H., Rook, K. S., & Lu, J. L. (2002). Loneliness, lack of emotional support, and lack of companionship as risk factors for having a diagnosed heart condition in an elderly sample. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 24, 290-298.

Rook, K. S., Zettel, L. A., Sorkin, D. H. (2002). Commentary: Older adults’ social relationships: Strengths and vulnerabilities. International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Newsletter, 1 (41), 20.

Rook, K. S., Sorkin, D. H., & Zettel (2002). The vexing problem of loneliness: Current trends and future projections. Aging Today, 23, 9-10.

Rook, K. S., & Sorkin, D. H. (2003). An involving volunteer role as a source of important social provisions: Effects on older adults’ psychological health. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 57, 315-339.

Rook, K. S., Sorkin, D. H., & Zettel, L. A. (2004). Stress in social relationships: Coping and adaptation across the life span. In F. Lang & K. Fingerman (Eds.), Growing together: Personal relationships across the lifespan. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Ngo-Metzger, Q., Kaplan, S. H., Sorkin, D. H., Clarridge, B. R., Phillips, R. S. (2004). Surveying minorities with limited-English proficiency: Does data collection method affect data quality among Asian Americans? Medical Care, 42, 893-900.

Sorkin, D. H., & Rook, K. S. (2004). Interpersonal control strivings and vulnerability to negative social exchanges in later life. Psychology and Aging, 19, 555-564.

Newsom, J. T., Rook, K. S., Nishishiba, M., & Sorkin, D. H., Manhan, T.L. (2005). Understanding the relative importance of positive and negative social exchanges: Examining specific domains and appraisals. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 60B, P304-P312.

Sorkin, D. H., & Heckhausen, J. (2006). Motivation: Theory/Human Models. In R. Schulz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Aging, 4th edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.

Ngo-Metzger Q, Telfair J, Sorkin D, Weidmer B, Weech-Maldonado R, Hurtado M, Hays R. (October, 2006). Cultural competency and quality of care: Obtaining the patient’s perspective. The Commonwealth Fund Report no. 963.

Mavandadi, S., Sorkin, D. H., Rook, K. S., & Newsom, J. (2007). Pain, positive and negative social exchanges, and depressive symptomatology in later life. Journal of Health and Aging, 19, 813-830.

Rook, K.S., Mavandadi, S., Sorkin, D.H., & Zettel, L. A. (2007). Optimizing social relationships as a resource for health and well-being in later life. In C. M. Aldwin, C. L. Park, & Spiro, A. III (Eds.), Handbook of Health Psychology of Aging, New York: The Guilford Press.

Ngo-Metzger., Q, Sorkin D. H., Phillips, R. S., Greenfield, S., Massagli, M.P., Clarridge, B., Kaplan, S., (2007). Providing high-quality care for limited English proficient patients: The importance of language concordance and interpreter use. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22, 324-330.

Ngo-Metzger Q, Sorkin D. H., Mangione, C., Gandek, B., Hays, R.D. (2008). Evaluating the SF-36 Health Survey (Version 2) in Older Vietnamese Americans. Journal of Aging and Health, 20, 420-436.

Sorkin, D., Tan, A., Hays, R.D., Mangione, C., & Ngo-Metzger, Q. (2008). Self-reported health status of older Vietnamese and non-Hispanic white older adults in California. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56, 1543-1548.

Sorkin, D. H., Rook, K. S., Heckhausen, J., & Billimek, J. (2009). Predicting changes in older adults’ interpersonal control striving. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 69 (3), 159 – 180.

Farruggia, S. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2009). Health risks for older U.S. adolescents in foster care: The significance of important others’ health behaviors on youths’ health and health behaviors. Child: Care, Health & Development, 35, 340-348.

Ngo-Metzger, Q., Sorkin, D. H., & Phillips, R. S. (2009). Health care experiences of limited-English proficient Asian Americans. The Patient: Patient-centered Outcomes Research, 2(2), 113-120.

Sorkin, D. H., Pham E., & Ngo-Metzger, Q. (2009). Racial and ethnic differences in the mental health needs and access to care of older adults in California. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 57 (12), 2311-2317.

Sorkin, D. H., Ngo-Metzger, Q., & De Alba, I. (2010). Racial/ethnic discrimination in healthcare: Impact on quality of care. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25 (5), 390-396.

August, K. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2010). Ethnic and racial disparities in indicators of physical health status: Do they still exist in advanced old age? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58 (10), 2009-2015.

Kaplan, S. H., Billimek, J., Sorkin, D. H., Ngo-Metzger, Q., Greenfield, S. (2010). Who can respond to treatment? Identifying patient characteristics related to heterogeneity of treatment effects. Medical Care, 48 (6 Suppl), S9-S16.

August, K. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2010). Marital status and gender differences in managing a chronic illness: The function of health-related social control. Social Science and Medicine, 71 (10), 1831-1838.

August, K. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2010). Racial/ethnic disparities in the exercise and dietary behaviors of middle-aged and older adults. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26 (3), 245-250.

August, K. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2011). Support and influence in the context of diabetes management: Do ethnic differences exist? The Journal of Health Psychology, 16(5), 711-21.

Sorkin, D. H., Nguyen, H. & Ngo-Metzger Q (2011). Assessing the mental health needs and barriers to care among a diverse sample of Asian American older adults. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(6), 595–602.

Sorkin, D. H., Ngo-Metzger, Q., Billimek, J., August, K. J., Greenfield, S., & Kaplan, S. H. (2011). Under-identified and under-treated depression among racially/ethnically diverse patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 34 (3), 598-600.

August, K. J., Nguyen, H., Ngo-Metzger, Q., & Sorkin, D. H. (2011). Language concordance and physician-patient communication around mental health needs. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59 (12), 2356-62.

Billimek, J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2012). Self-reported neighborhood safety and non-adherence to treatment regimens among patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 27(3), 292-296.

Sorkin, D. H., & Billimek, J. (2012). Dietary behaviors of a racially and ethnically diverse sample of overweight and obese Californians. Health Education and Behavior, 39(6), 737-744.

Ngo-Metzger, Q., Sorkin, D. H., Billimek, B., Greenfield, S., & Kaplan, S. H. (2012). The effects of financial pressures on glucose control among racial/ethnically diverse patients with diabetes. Journal of General Internal Medicine , 27(4), 432-437.

Jacobson, J.A., Ji, L.J., Ditto, P.H., Zhang, Z., Sorkin, D.H., Warren, S.K., Legnini, V., Ebel-Lam, A., Roper-Coleman, S. (2012). The effects of culture and self-construal on responses to threatening health information. Psychology and Health, 27(10), 1194-210.

Rook, K. S., Luong, G., Sorkin, D. H., Newsom, J., & Krause, N. (2012) Ambivalent versus problematic social ties: Implications of psychological health, functional health, and interpersonal coping. Psychology and Aging, 27(4), 912-23.

Billimek, J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2012). Food insecurity, processes of care and self-reported medication underuse in patients with type 2 diabetes: Results from the California Health Interview Survey. Health Services Research, 47(6), 2159-2168.

Kim, G., Ford, K. L., Chiriboga, D. A., & Sorkin, D. H. (2012). Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare use, delayed care, and management for diabetes among older adults in California. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(12), 2319-25.

Malik, S., Billimek, J., Greenfield, S., Sorkin, D.H., Ngo-Metzger, Q., Kaplan, S.H. (2013). Patient complexity and risk factor control among multi-morbid patients with Type 2 diabetes: Results from the R2D2C2 study. Medical Care, 51(2), 180-185.

Sorkin, D. H., Biegler, K. A., Peyreda, M.,Kilgore, D., Dow, E. Ngo-Metzger, Q. (2013). Unidas por la vida (United for Life): A culturally-tailored, community-based, family-oriented lifestyle intervention. Journal for the Healthcare of the Poor and Underserved, 24 (2 Suppl), 116-138.

Kaplan, S. H., Billimek, J., Sorkin, D. H., Ngo-Metzger, Q., Greenfield, S. (2013). Reducing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes: The Coached Care (R2D2C2) Project. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(10), 1340-1349.

Sorkin, D. H., Mavandadi, S., Rook, K., Biegler, K.A., Dow, E., & Ngo-Metzger, Q. (2014). Dyadic collaboration in shared health behavior change: The effects of a randomized trial to test a lifestyle intervention for high-risk Latinas. Health Psychology, 33(6), 566-75.
   
   
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