Training and Career Development Core

This component of the OSU Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) develops, implements, and evaluates a Training and Career Development Program (TCDP) in cancer health disparities. The overall goal of the TCDP is to help prepare the next generation of health disparities researchers by offering training that emphasizes transdisciplinary science and multi-level approaches to address cervical cancer health disparities among Appalachian populations. The TCDP is open to students, postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty in behavioral sciences, public health, nursing, basic sciences and related disciplines. Postdoctoral trainees will be supported by the TCDP while students and junior faculty will have opportunities to participate in program initiatives and the Center’s research projects.

This transdisciplinary training program will prepare trainees for work in collaborative teams.  The Center investigators have extensive experience with research in Appalachia and the expertise to provide this focused training.

This training program expands training capacity, and helps to fill a void in training focused on cancer health disparities. This program builds on the solid foundation established over the last five years of the OSU CPHHD and will provide additional capacity for training the next generation of health disparities researchers with expertise in issues related to cancer prevention and control among Appalachian populations.

The specific aims of the training program are to:

  1. Recruit postdoctoral trainees to a transdisciplinary training program in health disparities research that includes: a) a specialized curriculum of instruction, b) mentored research experiences, and c) development of an NIH grant proposal
  2. Provide opportunities for students and junior faculty at OSU to participate in the Center’s research projects and special program initiatives
  3. Conduct continuous process evaluation and annual outcome evaluation of the training program and provide feedback to center leadership

Electra D. Paskett, PhD – Director
Amy Ferketich, PhD – Co-Director
Toyin Sokari – Core Program Manager

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: