The Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource (BMSR) provides expertise and training to support the needs of prevention, cancer control and clinical researchers in their pursuit of behavioral research investigation and methodology.

BMSR Director: Paul Reiter, PhD

Qualitative Data Collection, Management & Analysis: Jill Oliveri, DrPH

Data Collection & Management Specialist: Cathy Tatum, MA

Recruitment & Regulatory Preparation Specialist: Cecilia DeGraffinreid, MHS, RHIA

Program Manager:  Heather Aker, MPH

Research Associate: Ananya Jena, MPH

Program Coordinator: Caroline Gault, MPH


Paul Reiter, PhD, associate director of the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource (appointment pending), is also an assistant professor in the OSU College of Medicine, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

Dr. Reiter has extensive research experience in the behavioral sciences. Most of his research has addressed 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. He is particularly interested in examining the determinants of engaging in these behaviors and designing programs to increase their use.

Dr. Reiter received his PhD from The Ohio State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer control at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina.

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James Fisher, PhD works with colleagues at the Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System at The Ohio Department of Health to examine the occurrence of cancer in Ohio. For more than a decade, he has been involved with the creation of more than 100 reports and articles describing cancer burdens in both Ohio and the United States. He routinely uses data from various cancer-related sources, such as OCISS, SEER, and BRFSS.

Dr. Fisher is interested in cancer-related disparities, methods of identifying spatial clusters of cancer and improving cancer surveillance systems in the U.S.

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Cathy Tatum, MA, the BMSR specialist for Data Collection and Management, is also a program director in the Division of Population Sciences of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center.

She has served as program director on OSUCCC research projects as well as several NIH-funded cancer control research community-based projects. Recent projects include work on an R24 grant (Community Based Participatory Research Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Ohio Appalachia); R01 grants (Enhancing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Primary Care and The Ohio Patient Navigator Research Program); and a P50 grant (Project 1 of the Community Awareness Resources and Education Project) for the OSU Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.

Ms. Tatum’s expertise includes: developing and implementing several NIH-funded cancer control community-based research projects; managing research projects among underserved minority and rural populations; coordination among investigators, staff and study populations; and survey data collection methods and procedures.

Handling all consultations for data collection and supervising staff within this section, Ms. Tatum also works closely with the Recruitment & Accrual and Behavioral Assessment sections of the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource.

Ms. Tatum received her Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Jill Oliveri, DrPH, the BMSR specialist for Qualitative Data Collection, Management & Analysis, is an expert in qualitative data collection, management and analysis. She is also a clinical research manager in the OSUCCC’s Division of Population Sciences, where she manages research studies focusing on underserved and minority populations as well as on quantitative methods.


Dr. Oliveri has been extensively involved with all qualitative research activities within the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource. She is an expert in quantitative methods and has trained several research staff members in qualitative analysis and software application.

She received her MPH degree from The Ohio State University and her Dr.PH. degree from the University of South Carolina.

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Cecilia DeGraffinreid, MHS, RHIA, is the BMSR specialist for Recruitment & Regulatory Preparation for Behavioral Measurement as well as a program director in the Population Sciences Division of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center.

She has nearly 20 years experience in all aspects of the management of large, multi-centered- NIH/NCI-, industry- and cooperative group-cancer control clinical trials. One of her primary areas of interest is access to healthcare, especially the inclusion of minorities and the underserved onto research studies.

She received her MHS from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

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Heather Aker, MPH, serves as the technical and administrative manager of the BMSR. She works closely with faculty and staff to ensure timely, high quality and cost effective work.

Ms. Aker specializes in the design and construction of tailored applications for data collection and management. Her secure, web-based creations streamline the recruitment process and provide for detailed respondent tracking and reporting. She also offers interviewer training which focuses on survey response rates and the participation of hard-to-reach populations.

She received her BSAS from Youngstown State University and her MPH with specialization in epidemiology from The Ohio State University.

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Ananya Jena, MPH, is a full-time research associate with the BMSR. She assists investigators in developing customized paper-based and online tools for data collection and closely monitors data quality.

Her research interests include analyzing rates and trends in cancer and cancer screenings in underserved populations, as well as the use of geocoding and spatial statistics to provide a visual narrative of community health assessments.

She received her BS in microbiology and her MPH with specialization in epidemiology from The Ohio State University.

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Caroline Gault, MPH, is a full-time research associate with the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource. She is interested in making research more applicable to improving the health behaviors and practices utilized in the community in order to enhance the health of the population.

Ms. Gault designs secure mobile data collection and integration tools for use in the field. As part of her research interests, Ms. Gault recognizes the importance of collecting and managing data that can be analyzed in an efficient, useful manner.

She has a BS in Health Sciences and a MPH with a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from The Ohio State University.

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