The Padamsee Research Team: Improving Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Through Social Science Research and Knowledge

The Padamsee Research Team at the OSUCCC – James, led by cancer research expert and Principal Investigator Tasleem J. Padamsee, PhD, is dedicated to understanding the unique challenges and concerns of the diverse group of women at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer.

The Padamsee Research Team’s flagship project, the Daughter, Sister, Mother Project: Empowering Women & Their Health Care Providers to Fight Familial Cancer, is just one example of how this research team conducts meaningful, in-depth social science research within several different studies.

The goal? To understand how high-risk women make risk-management decisions. As a cancer-prevention focused research group, this team aims to empower women and their health care providers to make the most impactful cancer-prevention choices that protect women’s health.

Through careful, in-depth research and analysis, the team gains unique insights into understanding women’s decision-making processes – and their effects – in order to shed light on modifiable target points and personalize decision-support interventions. Rather than asking women to conform better to perceived norms and guidelines, the Padamsee group analyzes women’s health factors to help women make choices consistent with their own values and preferences. By providing women with resources, high-quality information and support to act on those choices, the team helps empower women to implement decisions that maximize their own personal preferences.

Every woman’s risk and decision-making process is different, and by understanding each woman’s unique experience, the Padamsee Research Team can help develop meaningful processes and programs that lead to improvements in women’s physical and emotional health.

Breast and ovarian cancers are complex, and today, they no longer are solely defined by location or even by stage.

Mission

At the OSUCCC – James, the Padamsee Research Team’s mission is to work collaboratively to create and conduct meaningful research that changes the lives of women coping with an increased risk for breast or ovarian cancer. All of the team’s research – including their flagship project called the Daughter, Sister, Mother Project – is doing just that, and this dedicated, highly specialized team is opening new avenues of support for women, from both internationally acclaimed health care providers and personal networks, around the complex risk-management issues they face.

To deliver the most effective cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment, these world-renowned experts identify and understand the complex emotional, social and cultural dynamics of the diverse group of women at higher risk for developing these cancers.

Through careful, in-depth research and analysis, the team gains unique insights into understanding women’s decision-making processes – and their effects – in order to shed light on modifiable target points and personalize decision-support interventions. Rather than asking women to conform better to perceived norms and guidelines, the Padamsee group analyzes women’s health factors to help women make choices consistent with their own values and preferences. By providing women with resources, high-quality information and support to act on those choices, the team helps empower women to implement decisions that maximize their own personal preferences.

Every woman’s risk and decision-making process is different, and by understanding each woman’s unique experience, the Padamsee Research Team can help develop meaningful processes and programs that lead to improvements in women’s physical and emotional health.

Who We Are

The OSUCCC – James Padamsee Research Team, led by internationally recognized cancer researcher Tasleem J. Padamsee, PhD, comprises several researchers from across numerous medical and research disciplines.

This diverse team of experts includes talented scientists and researchers from multicultural backgrounds – all who strive to reach the highest accomplishment levels -- while also maintaining a humble demeanor, respecting each other and sharing knowledge.

This enables the Padamsee Research Team to extend in a broad range of research and ideological directions, without fear of failure, to impact and meaningfully change patients’ lives. How? The team seamlessly works together to conduct research compassionately, making every patient feel as if she is the most important person under this care.

The Padamsee team of undergraduate- and graduate-level researchers, along with doctorate- and medical-level mentors, engage directly with patients to understand each woman’s experiences with cancer risk and prevention. Additionally, the team collaborates with other talented researchers in adjacent areas that are focused on cancer prevention. Doing so opens a range of methodological approaches, novel techniques and advanced insights that lead to better understanding of each woman’s decision-making process, and ultimately, improving women’s health care.

The Padamsee Research Team’s expertise includes:

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Health-Related Decision Making
  • Diversity in Clinical Populations
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Survey Design & Administration
  • Biostatistics
  • Communications

Principal Investigator:

Tasleem Padamsee

Tasleem J. Padamsee, PhD


Tasleem Padamsee, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she brings a sociological and public health perspective to cancer prevention research. Her recent work includes a multi-method study of how diverse women at elevated risk for breast cancer make prevention decisions and the subsequent effect on their health. Dr. Padamsee has authored and co-authored numerous articles appearing in well-respected publications, including Breast Cancer Research, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Health Psychology and Social Politics. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation, Reed Foundation and Wellcome Trust.



Research Assistant II:

Megan Hils

Megan Hils, BA, MPH


Megan Hils is a staff research assistant and has been with the research team since September 2016. She received her bachelor's degree in Human Rights Studies from the University of Dayton (2012) and a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from Ohio State University (2018). Megan's main interest with the Daughter Sister Mother Project is exploring the aspects of a woman’s life that inform her behavior and decisions about her health. She enjoys spending time outside and exploring things to do in Columbus; most of her free time in the warmer months is spent playing Australian Rules Football with her local club.



Graduate Research Assistants:

Anna Muraveva

Anna Muraveva, MA (PhD Candidate)


Anna Muraveva is in her fifth year of the PhD program at the Department of Sociology. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Saratov State University, Russia and her master's degree in the same discipline from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Anna has been with the research team since August 2015. Her main interests with the Daughter Sister Mother project are how socioeconomic context shapes women’s prevention decisions and the extent to which a partner or spouse impacts these decisions. Anna is in her final year of the PhD program and spends most of her time working on her dissertation. Her hobbies are reading, visiting art museums and rock-climbing with her husband.



Rachel Meadows

Rachel Meadows, MPH (PhD Student)


Rachel Meadows is a fourth-year PhD student at OSU’s College of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from the University of Kansas (2013) and master's in Health Behavior & Health Promotion from The Ohio State University (2015). Rachel has been with the research team since September 2015. Her main interests with the Daughter Sister Mother project are racial differences in personal beliefs that affect health decisions, such as mistrust of the healthcare system. She is a busy mom to a one-year-old boy, Theo, and enjoys spending time outside doing activities like gardening and hiking.



Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Melissa Angeli Reyes

Melissa Angeli-Reyes


Melissa Angeli-Reyes is a senior at Ohio State University majoring in Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Melissa has been with the research team since the Spring of 2016. She has enjoyed being a research assistant for Dr. Padamsee and has particularly enjoyed learning research methods. Her main interests with the Daughter Sister Mother project include racial differences in use of religion as a form of social support and how socioeconomic and demographic factors affect women’s decision making. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys kayaking and playing with her beloved parrot and dog.



Theresa Tran

Theresa Tran


Theresa Tran is a senior studying Behavioral Neuroscience in OSU’s College of Arts and Sciences with a minor in Global Public Health in the College of Public Health. Theresa has been with the research team since January 2017. Her main interest with the Daughter Sister Mother Project is how social support influences women’s future decisions. Theresa is graduating in May and will be attending the University of Pittsburgh for her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. In her downtime, she enjoys exploring food places around Columbus and spending time with her dog, Bowie.



Emma Wauschek

Emma Wauschek


Emma Wauschek is a fourth-year undergraduate Sociology student in Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences. She has been with the research team since September 2017. Her main interest with the Daughter Sister Mother project is how women’s perception of their cancer risk is influenced by their use of online message boards targeted toward women at high risk of breast cancer. Emma is from Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoys going on walks and traveling.


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Tasleem Padamsee, PhD

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Dr. Padamsee is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she brings a sociological and public health perspective to cancer prevention research.

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