Barriers and facilitators to research

In this project, David Press is looking at neighborhood-level contextual factors and bio-specimen research study participation in predominantly African American communities in Chicago.


David Press, MPhil, a predoctoral student in PHS, is investigating how neighborhood-level characteristics may inform study recruitment and sampling characteristics in Chicago communities.

In order to examine the potential association of neighborhood-level factors and research participation in COMPASS, David is conducting a cross-sectional study of potential COMPASS participants residing in diverse Chicago communities.


Previous studies examining determinants of bio-specimen research study participation among minority participants have focused on individual-level barriers and facilitators.

Neighborhood-level contextual factors are associated with environmental exposures, risk factors, and disease occurrence/ outcomes, and may inform research participation possibly through social norms and the influence of social views/ behaviors on the perspectives of neighbors.


David Press, MPhil

David Press, MPhil

David Press is a PhD candidate interested in biomedical informatics to improve population health and clinical care.