Meet the leaders and members of the Cancer Control research program at the OSUCCC – 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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Members

Daniel Addison, MD

Dr. Addison is an early career clinical investigator and practicing cardiologist with unique expertise in cardiovascular imaging and cardio-oncology. He recently joined OSU following the completion of his NIH T-32 advanced cardiovascular imaging fellowship at MGH, where he focused on.

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Barbara Andersen, PhD

Barbara Andersen, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James and is a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology. She studies the psychological, behavioral, and biologic (biobehavioral) aspects of cancer as they relate to disease progression.

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Loni Arrese, PhD

Loni Arrese, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at OSUCCC – James, where she focuses her research on head and neck cancer. One of her recent studies explored the relationship between patient and clinician ratings of swallowing function in patients with head and neck cancer.

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Elizabeth Arthur, PhD, APRN-CNP

Dr. Arthur is in the College of Nursing and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James. Her research interest primarily focuses on women’s sexual wellbeing in survivorship, particularly how they and their partner adjust to changes in sex and intimacy after treatment.

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Floor Backes, MD

Floor Backes, MD, is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, through which she conducts research to reduce incidence, mortality and morbidity of cancer. She has a strong interest in Lynch.

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Micah Berman, JD

As attorney and member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, Micah Berman, JD, focuses on the intersection of public health and law. His research examines how public health research can assist in tobacco regulatory policy and explores how legal doctrines facilitate or limit.

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Theodore Brasky, PhD

Theodore Brasky, PhD, is a member of the nationally recognized Cancer Control team at the OSUCCC – James. His research is centered on further understanding the link between inflammation and cancer.

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Kristen Carpenter, PhD

Kristen Carpenter, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research centers on risk factors for sexual and psychological maladjustment in gynecologic and breast cancer patients during various stages of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Dr..

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Jeffrey Caterino, MD, MPH

Jeffrey Caterino, MD, MPH, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James and vice chair of research for the Department of Emergency Medicine, where one focus of his research is the diagnosis and risk stratification of cancer patients who present to the emergency department

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Ajit Chaudhari, PhD

Ajit Chaudhari, PhD, has a specialized perspective as a member of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program, as his research focuses on gait and balance of cancer survivors. He explores how gait problems develop in cancer patients and how these problems can be mitigated.

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Hyunyi Cho, PhD

Dr. Cho’s research interests center on primary and secondary prevention of cancer through effective health and risk communication. Specific research interests include message effects on diverse audiences, media effects on risk perceptions and behaviors, using social media and new media.

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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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Ashley Felix, PhD, MPH

Dr. Felix is interested in female malignancies characterized by racial disparities. Her research portfolio centers on the molecular epidemiology of gynecologic malignancies as a means to identify biomarkers related to etiology and survival outcomes.

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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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Jeffrey Fowler, MD

Jeffrey Fowler, MD, is professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ohio State, where he also holds the John G. Boutselis Chair in Gynecology and is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James.

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Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD

Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she focuses her research on pediatric cancers and the roles of family. In particular, she is interested in parent-child.

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Darrell Gray, MD, MPH

Darrell Gray, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Ohio State and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where he also serves as deputy director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity. His work is focused on.

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Kristen Hoskinson, PhD

As a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, Kristen Robinson Hoskinson, PhD, focuses her research on pediatric neuropsychology with an emphasis on improving the understanding of cognitive, emotional and behavioral conditions that result from neurologic injury, such as

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Shelly Hovick, PhD

Shelly Hovick, PhD, is a health communication researcher in the multidisciplinary OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program. Her work focuses on the evaluation of personalized cancer risk communication interventions and cancer information seeking, particularly the factors that lead individuals to.

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Timothy Huerta, PhD

Tim Huerta, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at OSUCCC – James, where he focuses his research on the secondary use of federally-developed large scale data at the intersection of technology and health. Specifically, he is interested in creating systems that make the reassessment of.

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Rebecca Jackson, MD

Rebecca Jackson, MD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she is involved in collaborative multidisciplinary team science. Her work focuses on the epidemiology of chronic disease in women, including cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and.

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Jessica Kahn, MD, MPH

Jessica Kahn, MD, MPH, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James and is based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary clinical and epidemiologic studies around the prevention of cervical cancer and other diseases caused by.

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Mira Katz, PhD, MPH

Mira Katz, PhD, MPH, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on communication issues associated with cancer prevention and control. She is interested in how to improve the health of minority and underserved populations by providing.

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Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she focuses her research on behavioral influences on immune and endocrine function, as well as metabolism. One of her studies addresses the extent to which chemotherapy changes breast cancer.

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Jessica Lynn Krok, PhD

Jessica Krok-Schoen, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James. Her research focuses on geriatric oncology, cancer survivorship and health disparities.

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Jennifer Kue, PhD

As a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, Jennifer Kue, PhD, applies the principles of community-engaged research to understand and address disparities in cancer incidence, screening, treatment and mortality. She also examines the influence of culture, refugee trauma.

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Clara Lee, MD

Clara Lee, MD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on understanding and improving how cancer patients make decisions about surgical treatments. Dr. Lee has developed measures for the quality of decisions about early-stage breast cancer.

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Stanley Lemeshow, PhD

Stanley Lemeshow, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where his research focuses on biostatistics. In particular, his work involves statistical modeling of medical data, sampling, health disparities and cancer prevention.

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Dean Lillard, PhD

Dean Lillard, PhD, is a member of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program, where he researches health economics, international comparisons of economic behaviors and economics of schooling. His work focuses on the economics of cigarette marketing and consumption, and the relationship between.

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Bo Lu, PhD

As a member of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program, Bo Lu, PhD, brings a statistical perspective, as his research focuses on the methodology of health-outcome research. His work includes evaluating the causal effect in observation data and propensity score adjustment for non-randomized.

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Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH

Maryam B. Lustberg, MD, MPH, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James.

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William Malarkey, MD

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

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Glenn Martinez, PhD, MPH

Glenn Martinez, PhD, MPH, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James. As a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Arts and Sciences, he brings an interesting perspective to cancer research.

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Ann McAlearney, ScD

Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on information technology innovations in health care, cancer care improvement, population health management, reducing disparities in care, quality improvement and leadership

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Heather McGinty, PhD

Heather McGinty, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on outcomes reported by cancer patients/survivors, including health-related quality of life, cancer-related distress, health disparities and cultural factors. One of her recent.

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Leena Nahata, MD

Leena Nahata, MD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at OSUCCC – James, where she focuses her research on fertility counseling and fertility preservation among young people with cancer. She also created the program for fertility and reproductive health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and.

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Michelle Naughton, PhD, MPH

Michelle Naughton, PhD, MPH, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where she focuses her research on lifestyle and psychological factors that influence health and disease. v Her work also examines the impact of illness and health-care interventions on health-related.

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Timiya Nolan, PhD, RN

My research interests are centered on the study of cancer survivorship health disparities and development of age- and culturally-sensitive interventions. My long-term goal is to build an independent program of research that identifies contextual factors of quality of life (QOL) among young.

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Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH

Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH, is a member of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program, where she focuses her research on how early-life exposures affect adult cancer risks, particularly regarding the effects of nutrition, obesity and exposure to tobacco. Among her research projects is one.

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Tonya Orchard, PhD, MS, RD

Tonya Orchard, PhD, MS, RD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on dietary interventions to lessen chronic inflammation and chemotherapy side effects in breast cancer survivors. One of her recent clinical studies revealed that better diet.

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Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC

Janine Overcash, PhD, GNP-BC, is a geriatric nurse practitioner in the College of Nursing at Ohio State and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James. Her work focuses on the care of older patients diagnosed with cancer, particularly on helping them maintain their functional.

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Tasleem 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. Padamsee’s recent work includes a multi-method study of how diverse women who are at elevated risk for breast.

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Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH

Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH, is professor and chair of the Department of Surgery in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also holds the Urban Meyer III and Shelley Meyer Chair for Cancer Research and is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James.

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Michael Pennell, MS, PhD

As a member of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program, Michael Pennell, MS, PhD, focuses his research on methodological issues in cancer studies. His work explores the design and analysis of group randomized trials for cancer-screening interventions, survival analysis, joint modeling of.

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Ellen Peters, PhD

As a professor of psychology, Ellen Peters, PhD, brings a specialized view as a member of the OSUCCC – James Cancer Control Program. Her research explores three major topics in the study of judgment and decision making: the role of numeric ability (also called numeracy), the impact of affect.

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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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Carolyn Presley, MD, MHS

Dr. Presley's main research objectives are to optimize functional status and minimize treatment burden of older adults with lung cancer using geriatric assessment directed interventions, integrated oncopalliative care delivery models, and patient reported and universal health outcomes.

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Leah Pyter, PhD

Leah Pyter, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on the underlying mechanisms of cancer-induced behavioral comorbidities. In particular, she uses rodent models of breast cancer and cancer survival to study the immune-and.

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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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Megan Roberts, PhD

Dr. Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health at OSU. As a social scientist, her work is grounded in health behavior theory, and she uses this basis to examine how intrapersonal and interpersonal factors (e.

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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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Cynthia Sieck, PhD, MPH

Cynthia Sieck, PhD, MPH is a member of the Translational Therapeutics Program. She is interested in how patients with cancer can utilize patient portals across the continuum of care.

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Roman Skoracki, MD

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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Min-Ae Song, PhD

Dr. Song's main research goal is to understand cancer etiology in populations. Her research interests have focused on two areas including tobacco-related harm and cancers in both observational and experimental study designs to understand how differences among genes and environment/lifestyle.

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Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD

Dr. Strassel's research is focused on understanding the clinical, economic, and patient-reported outcomes related to pain and symptom management. Optimal care for people with pain and related symptoms is important because pain is often suboptimally treated and has significant consequences.

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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

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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Mary Ellen Wewers, RN, PhD, MPH

Mary Ellen Wewers, RN, PhD, MPH, is a member of the Cancer Control Programat OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on tobacco cessation among smokers and smokeless tobacco users in Appalachia. One of her recent studies tests a novel methodology characterizing geographical patterns of pro-.

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Karen Patricia Williams, PhD

Dr. William’s research interest is in cancer prevention and control which focuses on cancer disparities. She developed the Kin Keeper Cancer Prevention Intervention to addresses, in part, the continuous cancer burden carried by disenfranchised women of color and women with limited resources.

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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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