Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

William Calo, PhD, JD, MPH

William Calo, PhD, JD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. William Calo is a Latino health services researcher. His research program examines how to adapt, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions to improve cancer prevention and control among diverse and disadvantaged populations. Dr. Calo is currently focused on the impact of interpersonal, systems and policy strategies on HPV vaccine uptake in rural communities and the implementation of locally tailored programs to improve physical activity, nutrition and community-clinical linkages. He applies implementation science methodologies in his studies.

  • Vaccination
  • Puerto Rico
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Neoplasms
  • Parents
  • Population
  • Incidence
  • Research
  • Mortality
  • Communication
  • Health

Recent Publications


Spencer, JC, Calo, W & Brewer, NT 2019, 'Disparities and reverse disparities in HPV vaccination: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Preventive Medicine, vol. 123, pp. 197-203.




Colón-López, V, Fernández-Espada, N, Vélez, C, Gonzalez, VJ, Diaz-Toro, EC, Calo, W, Savas, LS, Pattatucci, A & Fernández, ME 2017, 'Communication about sex and HPV among Puerto Rican mothers and daughters' Ethnicity and Health, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 348-360.
Kornides, ML, Calo, W, Heisler-MacKinnon, JA & Gilkey, MB 2018, 'U.S. Primary Care Clinics’ Experiences During Introduction of the 9-Valent HPV Vaccine', Journal of Community Health, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 291-296.




Calo, W, Suárez, E, Soto-Salgado, M, Quintana, RA & Ortiz, AP 2015, 'Assessing Lung Cancer Incidence Disparities Between Puerto Ricans and Other Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States, 1992–2010', Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 971-975.
Calo, W, Vernon, SW, Lairson, DR & Linder, SH 2015, 'Associations between contextual factors and colorectal cancer screening in a racially and ethnically diverse population in Texas', Cancer Epidemiology, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 798-804.
Cole, AM, Tu, SP, Fernandez, ME, Calo, W, Hotz, J & Wolver, S 2015, 'Reported use of electronic health records to implement evidence based approaches to colorectal cancer screening in community health centers', Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 1235-1245.
Calo, W & Brewer, NT 2015, 'Trends in genital warts in the era of human papillomavirus vaccination' Sexually transmitted diseases, vol. 42, no. 12, pp. 669-670.

Clinical Trials Search

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