Meet the leaders and members of the Cancer Control research program at the OOSUCCC – James who focus on reducing the incidence, mortality & morbidity of cancer.

Leaders

Electra Paskett, PhD

Dr. Paskett’s research program is nationally recognized for studying cancer health disparities. The program has four major areas of focus and has evolved to utilize a "team science approach" to understanding and intervening in these problems: energy balance and cancer prevention; promoting the.

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Mary Ellen Wewers, RN, PhD, MPH

Dr. Wewers investigates tobacco cessation among rural Appalachians who smoke and use smokeless tobacco. This work involved partnerships with community health departments and rural county extension agents.

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Members

Barbara Andersen, PhD

Dr. Andersen studies biobehavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for disease progression. Follow up work continues on the Stress and Immunity Breast Cancer Project, a randomized clinical trial of a psychological intervention to reduce stress, improve quality of life, health behaviors.

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Floor Backes, MD

Dr. Backes' research interests include: Endometrial cancer treatment and outcomes, sentinel lymph node evaluation for endometrial cancer, biomarkers to predict risks of endometrial cancer lymph node involvement and survival outcomes, and ovarian cancer treatment.

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Micah Berman, JD

Dr. Berman’s research focuses on the intersection of public health and law, with a focus on tobacco regulatory policy and how public health research can inform regulatory decision-making, particularly in the emerging area of federal tobacco regulation. Also, Dr. Berman researches how legal.

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Theodore Brasky, PhD

My overarching interest is to develop a further understanding of the association of inflammation and cancer; specifically through the study of substances and genes hypothesized to affect inflammation. I have been involved in the study of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the risk of.

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Kristen Carpenter, PhD

Dr. Carpenter’s primary research focuses on the identification of risk factors for sexual and psychological maladjustment in gynecologic and breast cancer patients during various stages of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. She also focuses on identification of cognitive and interpersonal.

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Ajit Chaudhari, PhD

Dr. Chaudhari is interested in gait and balance of cancer survivors, both in understanding how problems with these develop and in how they can mitigate these negative effects of cancers or cancer treatments. Current investigations focus on the evolution of chemotherapy-induced peripheral.

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Sonia Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Duffy was trained in health behaviors and epidemiology. Dr. Duffy has conducted longitudinal study of head and neck cancer patients and looked at the relationship between health behaviors and biomarkers and recurrence and survival.

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Amy Ferketich, PhD

Dr. Ferketich’s primary research interest is tobacco control, and on this topic she has worked on smoking cessation projects targeting underserved populations and a study examining clean indoor air policy adoption in the Appalachian region of the U. S.

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Brian Focht, PhD

Dr. Focht’s research and professional interest is in the area of exercise and health psychology/behavior with a particular emphasis on exercise oncology, physical activity promotion in chronic disease prevention/management, and the effects of exercise on quality of life/psychological well-being.

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Randi Foraker, MA, PhD

Dr. Foraker's research focuses on the association between socioeconomic status and cardiovascular disease outcomes, such as heart failure, myocardial infarction and receipt of evidence-based therapies. In her role as assistant professor in the College of Public Health, she is pursuing research.

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Jeffrey Fowler, MD

Dr.Fowler is the director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and professor of gynecologic oncology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He has extensive expertise in the latest surgical techniques including radical pelvic surgery, pelvic reconstruction and minimally invasive.

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Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD

Current projects examine parent-child communication about childhood cancer, long-term adjustment among families of pediatric brain tumor survivors, grief and adaptation among families whose child died of cancer, quality of life among families in pediatric palliative care, and social outcomes for

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Maura Gillison, MD, PhD

The principal focus of the Gillison laboratory is to investigate the role of human papillomavirus infection in head and neck malignancies, from cohort studies of oral HPV infection to genetic indicators of response to chemoradiotherapy.

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Ronald Glaser, PhD

Ronald Glaser is a tumor virologist who has studied Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and cancer for several years. He has focused primarily on viral latency and the replication of EBV in epithelial cells in order to help understand the role that EBV plays in the etiology of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

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Darrell Gray, MD, MPH

Dr. Gray is interested in identifying and developing solutions for health disparities in the colorectal cancer care continuum (from prevention to survivorship). More specifically, his work is geared towards community engagement in preventive health behaviors and interventions (such as patient.

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Shelly Hovick, PhD, Affiliate

Dr. Hovick is interested in people’s perceptions of their risk for cancer and other chronic diseases and the extent to which they respond to risks with information seeking and the adoption of prevention and early detection behaviors. She focuses on the identification of key social and cognitive.

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Rebecca Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson is involved in collaborative multidisciplinary team science with a focus on the epidemiology of chronic disease in women including osteoporosis and fracture, cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoarthritis.

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Jessica Kahn, MD, MPH

Dr. Kahn's research interests include interdisciplinary clinical and epidemiologic studies related to prevention of cervical cancer and other diseases caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), both in the United States and globally.

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Mira Katz, PhD, MPH

Dr. Katz’s research focuses on communication issues associated with cancer prevention and control, with a concentration on improving the health of minority and underserved populations by informing and influencing decision making to improve an individual’s health. Her current research projects.

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Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD

Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser’s work addresses behavioral influences on immune and endocrine function. Her current projects address how stress and depression enhance inflammation, and how dietary and behavioral interventions may lower inflammation.

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Jennifer Kue, PhD

Dr. Kue's expertise is in community health promotion and achieving health equity in underserved minority populations, community-engaged research, and refugee and immigrant health. Her research applies the principles of community-engaged research to understanding and addressing cancer health.

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Stanley Lemeshow, PhD

Dr. Lemeshow's biostatistics research includes statistical modeling of medical data, sampling, health disparities and cancer prevention.

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Dean Lillard, PhD

Dr. Lillard's current research focuses on health economics, the economics of schooling, and international comparisons of economic behavior. His research in health economics is primarily focused on the economics of cigarette marketing and consumption and on the relationship between advertising of.

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Bo Lu, PhD

Dr. Lu's primary research interest focuses on the statistical methodology of health outcome research, including evaluation of causal effect in observational data, propensity score adjustment for non-randomized studies with complex design, design and analysis of survey sampling, statistical models

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Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH

Dr. Lustberg's research focus is on novel biomarkers in experimental therapeutics. She has ongoing research protocol with blood based markers including circulating tumor cells and microvesicles.

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William Malarkey, MD, Affiliate

Non pharmacologic interventions to modify inflammatory risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer in employees of The Ohio State University

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Catalin Marian, MD, PhD

The main focus of the lab is in the field of biomarkers of cancer risk, molecular epidemiology and carcinogenesis. Our primary research interest is identifying biomarkers that can be used in the clinic to assess breast and lung cancer risk, particularly those related to diet, smoking and.

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Glenn Martinez, PhD, MPH

Dr. Martinez' research focuses on sociolinguistics and applied linguistics of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and along the U. S.

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Ann McAlearney, ScD

Dr. McAlearney's research projects focus on electronic health record implementation and use in ambulatory care settings, population health management and quality improvement opportunities in health care, and care coordination across care settings.

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Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH

Dr. McRee's research focuses on adolescence as an important opportunity for health promotion and disease prevention. Her cancer-relevant research interests are in the prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV) though adolescent vaccination.

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Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Menon's research focuses on the development and testing of tailored interventions to increase cancer screening behavior. A major emphasis of this research has been on increasing early detection among aging and vulnerable minority populations and the reduction of health disparities in cancer.

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Michelle Naughton, PhD, MPH

Dr. Naughton's current research includes a longitudinal project on the quality of life impacts of breast cancer and its treatments on a cohort of 836 women diagnosed between ages 18-45; the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Lilac Study; and several on-going studies in the Alliance examining the

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Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH

I am interested in using animal models along with human populations to investigate how exposures early in life, particularly childhood affect adult cancer risk along with the biological pathways that are affected. Specifically, I am interested in looking at childhood obesity/nutrition and how.

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Tonya Orchard, MS, RD, Affiliate

Dr. Orchard is an early-stage investigator interested in dietary interventions to reduce inflammation and lessen detrimental side effects of chemotherapy in breast cancer survivors. My research group is currently examining cognitive and neuroinflammatory outcomes of dietary treatment during.

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Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, Affiliate

Dr. Overcash is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP) specializing in geriatric oncology, and is currently the Director of Nursing Research at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center and an Assosciate Clinical Professor at the College of Nursing at Ohio State University. Her primary areas of.

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Tasleem Padamsee, PhD

Dr. Padamsee's research interests include: Medical Sociology; Political Sociology; Health Policy; Qualitative, Comparative and Historical Methods; Gender and Sexuality; and Race and Ethnicity.

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Michael Pennell, MS, PhD

Dr. Pennell's research interests include the methodological issues in cancer studies including the design and analysis of Group Randomized Trials for cancer screening interventions, survival analysis, joint modeling of cancer outcomes, and dose-response assessment of carcinogens.

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Ellen Peters, PhD

Dr. Peters has three major strands of research. First, her research interests in decision making include number processing and the study of individual differences in numeracy and an intuitive sense of numbers.

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Phyllis Pirie, PhD

Dr. Pirie's research involves the evaluation of community-based health promotion programs; smoking prevention; childhood obesity

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Douglas Post, PhD

Dr. Post's research interests are in the areas of health communication and behavioral health. Specifically, my research focuses on activating patients through patient communication training interventions, as well as testing patient and health care provider interventions to improve cancer-related.

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Leah Pyter, PhD

Dr. Pyter’s research interests are to understand the basic mechanisms underlying cancer-induced changes in inflammatory processes in the brain and periphery. Specifically, using rodent models of breast and oral cancer to study the immune-mediated effects of peripheral tumors on 1).

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Paul Reiter, PhD, MPH

Dr. Reiter's research addresses cancer prevention and control through two main thematic areas, cancer screening and vaccination. Both health behaviors are effective strategies for reducing disease burden, yet remain underutilized.

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Ashley Rosko, MD

Dr. Rosko’s research aims are to develop an expertise in cancer and aging, advance translational geriatric research efforts, and improve outcomes in older adults with myeloma. Nationally, I am involved with the Cancer and Aging Research Group and have approved in an international investigation of.

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Ritu Salani, MD

Dr. Salani's interests include surgery for advanced ovarian cancer, healthcare quality, outcome analysis and optimizing healthcare service delivery.

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Eric Seiber, PhD

Dr. Seiber’s research interests focus on health care financing for vulnerable populations. Specifically, what is the role of health insurance and coverage enrollment barriers on cancer prevention service utilization.

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John Sheridan, PhD

Dr. Sheridan's research focuses on understanding mind, brain and body interactions as they relate to modulation of peripheral physiological systems. This includes neuroendocrine regulation of gene expression in inflammatory and immune responses, and stress-induced susceptibility to infectious and

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Peter Shields, MD

Dr. Shields is a medical oncologist with a focus on the treatment of lung cancer. His research interests are in prevention, with a focus on lung cancer and breast cancer.

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Abigail Shoben, PhD

Dr. Shoben's statistical methodology interests lie in clinical trials with correlated data, including longitudinal trials and group randomized trials. She is also involved with several proposed group randomized trials in the areas of cancer screening and prevention.

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Roman Skoracki, MD, Affiliate

Dr. Skoracki's research interests focus on clinical outcomes in head and neck cancer reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. He is also engaged in a patient education initiative for breast cancer patients anticipating reconstruction, including its creation, implementation and.

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Michael Slater, PhD, MPA

Dr. Slater’s interests are in community-based substance abuse prevention efforts, alcohol-related risk perceptions and media coverage, and responses to alcohol advertisements and warnings, as well as conducting investigations of media coverage and cancer, and persuasion and media effects.

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Kathryn Vannatta, PhD

Dr. Vannatta has a history of funded research in pediatric psychology emphasizing social, emotional and behavioral outcomes of children affected by cancer and its treatment. Dr. Vannatta is broadly interested in childhood family and peer relations and how risk and resilience are demonstrated in.

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Maryjo Welker, MD

Dr. Welker's primary interests are education, clinical practice, and administration, along with an interest in global health.

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Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD, Affiliate

Dr. Wells-Di Gregoria's interests include symptom management/palliative care interventions (insomnia, anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue); providing psychological interventions for patients and families with advanced disease; and facilitating communication and decision-making for families at the

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Yi (Wendy) Xu, PhD

Dr. Xu's areas of research include health economics, health insurance benefits design, disparities in health care, disease prevention, quality of care, and medical claims data analysis using advanced econometric methods.

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