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Swann Arp Adams, PhD, MS, FACE, University of South Carolina

Expertise:
Rural HealthPhysical ActivitySurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesHealthy Eating/DietFQHCs/Community Health CentersHealth Departments/Government Health AgenciesStatewide Cancer Alliances/CoalitionsFaith-Based SettingsProgram EvaluationCommunity Engagement and CBPRNon-Clinical/Clinical LinkagesEpidemiologyCancer RegistriesBreast Cancer ScreeningCancer Treatment QualitySocial Determinants of HealthHospitals/Health SystemsIntervention Development and TestingCancer Disparities/Health EquityLarge Database AnalyticsSpatial Analysis/GIS and Mapping
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   CPCRN Scholars Program Mentor
Telephone: 803-609-4135

Dr. Adams has been conducting research in South Carolina for over 20 years. As an epidemiologist, she has a deep understanding of research study design, sources of bias in research, and applied analytic methods. Much of her work has been conducted using a community-based participatory research approach in which she partners with African American community members to enhance the relevance and impact of her work. Her research has predominately focused on understanding the determinants of cancer health disparities experienced by African Americans and ways to intervene to improve these inequalities. Dr. Adams has received grant funding from multiple sources, including the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, and the South Carolina Cancer Center, among others. She has also received awards for her work from the Arnold School of Public Health, the Vice President for Research of USC, and the College of Nursing.

Address:
1601 Greene St.
College of Nursing, Rm 618
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Amy Ballou, DNP, ACNP-BC, University of South Carolina

Expertise:
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningProstate Cancer ScreeningAmerican Cancer SocietyStatewide Cancer Alliances/CoalitionsNon-Clinical/Clinical LinkagesCommunity Cancer CentersBreast Cancer ScreeningSkin Cancer PreventionLung Cancer ScreeningMental Health Screening/Interventions/Psychosocial SupportHealth and Risk CommunicationOncology Clinical Trial NetworksPalliative and End-of-Life CareCancer Disparities/Health Equity
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 803-240-9175

Dr. Amy Ballou holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in Nursing with board certification as an acute care nurse practitioner from the University of South Carolina. She has also received her bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She has over 14 years of nursing experience and specializes in oncology and hematology. Dr. Ballou’s passion is to increase patient-provider communication to improve health outcomes. Her clinical interests include depression in terminally ill patients and end of life management decisions and care. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society. She enjoys spending time with her family, nature, hiking, and travel.

Address:


Columbia, South Carolina 29203

Lauren Bates, MA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Physical ActivityHealthy Eating/DietCBOs/CoalitionsBehavioral HealthSystematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 585-451-0414

Lauren Bates is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Human Movement Science in the department of Allied Health Sciences. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Biology at SUNY Brockport and her Master’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Exercise and Sport Science. Lauren’s primary research focus is exercise oncology, especially improving quality of life and reducing sedentary behavior in oncology populations. She also examines how the immune system responds to acute and chronic exercise as a potential therapy in oncology populations. Lauren is interested in the interactions of lifestyle behavioral factors and cancer risk, and the translation of basic and applied science into public health outcomes. She is extremely excited to be in the inaugural Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Scholars program and looks forward learning more about dissemination and implementation science focused on cancer prevention and control.

Address:
8718 Rollingwood Rd

Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516

Caitlin Biddell, MSPH, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Economic EvaluationSocial Determinants of HealthCancer Cost/Value-Based CareCancer Disparities/Health EquityQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsLarge Database Analytics
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 919-208-6280

Caitlin Biddell is a PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research focuses on improving cancer care access and quality, particularly by understanding and addressing patient financial hardship, as a means to promoting health equity. Using a range of methodologies–including systems thinking, decision science, and implementation science–she aims to leverage available data and resources to support equitable policy development and program implementation.

Address:
208 Dacian Ave

Durham, North Carolina 27701

Emily Bilenduke, MA, Colorado School of Public Health

Expertise:
Rural HealthBehavioral HealthCaregiversMental Health Screening/Interventions/Psychosocial Support
Project Role:   Project Director
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 970-406-1701

Emily Bilenduke is a Clinical Health Psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado Denver. She graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Psychology. Later, she worked at the Summit Community Care Clinic, a primary care clinic in rural Colorado, as the grant coordinator. Her time at the clinic inspired her to evaluate how people interact with their health. Emily defended her Master’s thesis on the association of microbiome and mood changes in women diagnosed with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy treatment. Her current research interests include psychosocial interventions improving mental and behavioral health in cancer patients and caregivers, barriers to psychosocial care, health disparities, and integrated care.

Address:
University of Colorado School of Public Health
13001 E 17th Place
Bldg 500, Rm 3350
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Wesley Burkett, MD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Cervical Cancer ScreeningVaccine Preventable CancersAcademic Medical CentersOncology Clinical Trial NetworksCancer Disparities/Health EquitySystematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 205-567-1669

Dr. Wesley Burkett is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Chapel Hill, NC and is currently a first-year gynecologic oncology fellow at the University of North Carolina. Wesley graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama. He then obtained his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL. During medical school, he developed an interest in women’s health and oncology, and applied for residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK. While in residency, he received numerous research and teaching awards and was selected to serve as an Administrative Chief Resident. One of his areas of interest in research is trying to better understand and improve care for incarcerated women with gynecologic cancers.

Address:
170 Manning Dr.
CB# 7572
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Perla Chebli, PhD, MPH, New York University-CUNY

Expertise:
Vaccine Preventable CancersHealthy Eating/DietCBOs/CoalitionsFaith-Based SettingsProgram EvaluationSurvey DevelopmentCommunity Engagement and CBPRBreast Cancer ScreeningBehavioral HealthSocial Determinants of HealthAcademic Medical CentersImplementation ScienceIntervention Development and TestingCancer Disparities/Health EquityNavigation/Collaborative, Team-Based CareCultural Adaptation to Evidence-Based ProgramsQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsSystematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 646-501-3524

Perla Chebli, PhD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Section for Health Equity at the NYU Department of Population Health. Her primary areas of focus are community-engaged research, cancer disparities, intervention development, and implementation science. Dr. Chebli's current research projects examine: multilevel factors influencing HPV vaccine hesitancy in immigrant communities in Brooklyn to develop responsive interventions; and community engagement strategies leveraged in the implementation of community-based cancer interventions in NYC. In past research projects, she: engaged diverse Arab American community stakeholders to explore cancer-related needs in Chicago and identify priorities for acceptable, culturally-congruent cancer interventions; analyzed interviews with Latina breast cancer survivors and providers to understand multilevel determinants of financial toxicity; and conducted a process evaluation of community-based breast cancer interventions with Latina women in Chicago. Dr. Chebli holds a Master of Public Health from New York University and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Address:
180 Madison Avenue
9th Floor
#944A
New York, New York 10016

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES, Emory University

Expertise:
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningVaccine Preventable CancersSurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesAmerican Cancer SocietyHealth Departments/Government Health AgenciesStatewide Cancer Alliances/CoalitionsCBOs/CoalitionsRural Health ClinicsProgram EvaluationSurvey DevelopmentCapacity BuildingTraining and Training Evaluation/Technical Assistance2-1-1sBreast Cancer ScreeningTobacco Prevention and Cessation (Inclusion of Non-Tobacco Products (ENDS))Academic Medical CentersHospitals/Health SystemsImplementation ScienceCancer Disparities/Health EquityNavigation/Collaborative, Team-Based CareCultural Adaptation to Evidence-Based ProgramsQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsSystematic Review/Meta-AnalysismHealth/eHealth
Project Role:   Principal Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   CPCRN Scholars Program Mentor
Telephone: 404-727-4701

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Escoffery has over 25 years of experience in health promotion, cancer prevention and control, and evaluation/implementation research. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society, and foundations.

Address:
Emory University
Rollins School of Public Health
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Daniela Friedman, PhD, University of South Carolina

Expertise:
Prostate Cancer ScreeningFQHCs/Community Health CentersHealth Departments/Government Health AgenciesStatewide Cancer Alliances/CoalitionsCBOs/CoalitionsPrimary Care AssociationsFaith-Based SettingsProgram EvaluationCommunity Engagement and CBPRBehavioral HealthHospitals/Health SystemsHealth and Risk CommunicationDisseminationCancer Disparities/Health EquityQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsSystematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Principal Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   CPCRN Scholars Program Mentor
Telephone: 803-576-5815

Dr. Friedman is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and core faculty in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. She is also co-director of the Arnold School of Public Health’s Office for the Study of Aging. Dr. Friedman’s graduate degrees are in health studies and gerontology. Her community- and stakeholder-engaged research is focused on health and cancer communication with diverse older adults. Specifically, she evaluates how communities access, understand, and use disease risk and prevention information, and examines the use of innovative strategies to promote the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based, language appropriate, and culturally relevant messages and programs. Currently she serves as Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Collaborating Center. Dr. Friedman is also a PI on the CDC-funded South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network Collaborating Center and on an NIH study examining effective strategies for communicating about breast cancer and the environment.

Address:
University of South Carolina
Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
915 Greene Street, Room 557
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

David O. Garcia, PhD, MS, University of Arizona

Expertise:
Physical ActivityAmerican Cancer SocietyFQHCs/Community Health CentersCBOs/CoalitionsCommunity Engagement and CBPRCapacity BuildingTraining and Training Evaluation/Technical AssistanceSocial Determinants of HealthCancer Disparities/Health EquityCultural Adaptation to Evidence-Based ProgramsmHealth/eHealth
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 520-626-4641

Dr. Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He has extensive experience in short and long-term intervention trials in the areas of physical activity, diet, and weight management. He received his training from leading institutions and mentors in the field. Since 2006, Dr. Garcia has worked on numerous funded research projects, including research funded by industry, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and foundations. This includes working as a lifestyle interventionist/exercise physiologist in several clinical trials with overweight and obese adults, morbidly obese adults (Class II and III obesity), and individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Since arriving at the University of Arizona, his research has focused on the development of gender and culturally-sensitive weight loss interventions for Hispanic males. To support this effort, Dr. Garcia established “Nosotros Comprometidos a Su Salud -Committed to Your Health”, a program developed to support research through community service and partnering with underserved Tucson residents. Dr. Garcia also is the Assistant Director for Community Outreach & Engagement for the University of Arizona Cancer Center. In this role, he is currently examining the burden of obesity-related disease and cancers, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma, in Mexican-Origin adults.

Address:
3950 S. Country Club Rd
Suite 330
Tucson, Arizona 85714

Yue Guan, PhD, ScM, Emory University

Expertise:
CBOs/CoalitionsCommunity Engagement and CBPRBreast Cancer ScreeningBehavioral HealthAcademic Medical CentersHospitals/Health SystemsHealth and Risk CommunicationDe-ImplementationCultural Adaptation to Evidence-Based ProgramsShared Decision-Making
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 404-712-1671

Dr.  Yue Guan is a board-certified genetic counselor and social behavioral scientist. She holds a Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling and a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Her research work has focused on translational research in precision public health, including: communication research to develop and evaluate effective communications of genomic information; implementation and dissemination research to promote the adoption of evidence-based genomic applications in public health; and community engagement research to expand the reach of genomic screening programs to underserved minority populations. Dr. Guan is the co-director of the Emory Precision Public Health Research Program. She has also served on multiple national committees, including the American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) Research Committee and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Practice Guideline Committee. 

Address:
1518 Clifton Road NE
GCR 534
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Soohyun Hwang, MPH, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Survivorship/Cancer OutcomesProstate Cancer ScreeningAmerican Cancer SocietyFQHCs/Community Health CentersStatewide Cancer Alliances/CoalitionsCBOs/CoalitionsProgram EvaluationCommunity Cancer CentersCancer Treatment QualityAcademic Medical CentersHospitals/Health SystemsDisseminationImplementation ScienceDe-ImplementationIntervention Development and TestingShared Decision-MakingQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative Methods
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 734-707-6635

Soohyun Hwang is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She graduated from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, and completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she worked at the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research. Soohyun’s research interests focus on Implementation Science, organizational behavior, quality of cancer care, care coordination, shared decision-making, health disparities, and mixed methods. Her dissertation focuses on multilevel determinants of guideline-adherent active surveillance follow-up care for low-risk prostate cancer.

Address:
2910 Sanor Pl
Unit 101
Santa Clara, California 95051

Jessica Yasmine Islam, PhD, MPH, Affiliate Member

Expertise:
Cervical Cancer ScreeningVaccine Preventable CancersSurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesAmerican Cancer SocietyEpidemiologyEconomic EvaluationCancer RegistriesCancer Treatment QualitySocial Determinants of HealthCancer Cost/Value-Based CareAcademic Medical CentersPalliative and End-of-Life CareCancer Disparities/Health EquityLarge Database Analytics
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 615-892-0876

Jessica Y. Islam, PhD, MPH is a cancer epidemiologist and tenure-track Assistant Member at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in the Cancer Epidemiology program. Dr. Islam's research focuses on describing and intervening on cancer care disparities across the continuum, at the intersection of infections and cancer. Through her research program, Dr. Islam aims to improve cancer outcomes among vulnerable populations, including racial/ethnic minorities and people living with HIV, using multi-level approaches, advanced epidemiological methods, and an equity-focused lens.

Address:
12902 USF Magnolia Dr
MRC-CANCONT
Office #215
Tampa, Florida 33612

Victoria Krauss, MPH, Emory University

Expertise:
Rural HealthSurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesHealthy Eating/DietFQHCs/Community Health CentersCBOs/CoalitionsCommunity Engagement and CBPRCapacity BuildingTraining and Training Evaluation/Technical AssistanceBehavioral HealthHealth and Risk CommunicationIntervention Development and TestingShared Decision-Making
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 404-727-5214

Victoria earned her Master of Public Health degree from Emory University in 2019. Upon graduation, she became the Program Coordinator for the Ventanilla de Salud (Window to Health) Atlanta, a preventative community health program for individuals visiting the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta. There, she implemented a personalized behavioral health intervention which increased healthy behaviors among participants, and improved the quality of health services provided by the program. Before Emory, she served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala as a Maternal and Child Health Facilitator collaborating with the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala. Currently, she works as the Project Coordinator for SurvivorLink, a patient-controlled digital health platform that was created to increase follow-up care among pediatric cancer survivors. She coordinates the dissemination and implementation of the SurvivorLink project with cancer clinics across the nation.

Address:
Rollins School of Public Health
Grace Crum Rollins Building
1518 Clifton Rd, #444
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningPhysical ActivityHealthy Eating/DietAmerican Cancer SocietyFQHCs/Community Health CentersHealth Departments/Government Health AgenciesCBOs/CoalitionsRetail SettingsSchoolsProgram EvaluationCapacity BuildingTraining and Training Evaluation/Technical AssistanceACCSIS and IC3 SitesDisseminationImplementation ScienceDe-ImplementationQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsSystematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Principal Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   CPCRN Scholars Program Mentor
Telephone: 919-966-3648

Dr. Jennifer Leeman is an associate professor in the UNC School of Nursing and an implementation scientist with a focus on primary prevention in community-based settings. She currently is PI of a CDC-funded contract, “Assessing Awareness and Use of School Health Tools and Resources” that is applying mixed methods to evaluate how schools use four tools that the CDC disseminates to implement school health interventions (2015-2017). She directs the Dissemination Core of UNC’s CDC-funded Prevention Research Center and is faculty in the UNC CTSA’s Dissemination & Implementation Methods unit.

Address:
Campus Box #7460
University of North Carolina School of Nursing
Room 5004
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Karen Lutrick, PhD, University of Arizona

Expertise:
Survey DevelopmentNon-Clinical/Clinical LinkagesTraining and Training Evaluation/Technical AssistanceBehavioral HealthSocial Determinants of HealthMental Health Screening/Interventions/Psychosocial SupportAcademic Medical Centers
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 520-403-1688

Dr. Karen Lutrick is an assistant professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona and the Director of the National Foundation of Emergency Medicine. She has research expertise in disaster response research, clinical trials and research operations, Latinx health disparities, and is building expertise in dissemination and implementation science. In addition to research experience, she is an experienced educator and education researcher, working in the community and within higher education, and recently translating that experience into assisting emergency medicine physicians in the development of research skills.

Address:
655 N Alvernon Way
Suite 228
Tucson, Arizona 85716

Clare Meernik, MPH, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Survivorship/Cancer OutcomesProgram EvaluationEpidemiologyTobacco Prevention and Cessation (Inclusion of Non-Tobacco Products (ENDS))Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 313-410-7067

Clare Meernik, MPH is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research interest is in cancer survivorship and outcomes, specifically among adolescents and young adults. Ms. Meernik intends to focus her career on identifying and addressing barriers to equitable, evidence-based survivorship care and optimizing long-term cancer outcomes related to survivors’ physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs. Her dissertation examines fertility preservation among adolescent and young adult women with cancer in North Carolina, including the impact of fertility preservation on delay to cancer treatment and reproductive success after use of assisted reproductive technology.

Address:
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
135 Dauer Dr
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Sean Mikles, PhD, MPH, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Survivorship/Cancer OutcomesSurvey DevelopmentEpidemiologyAcademic Medical CentersHospitals/Health SystemsNavigation/Collaborative, Team-Based CareMeasures/Measures DevelopmentQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsHuman-Centered Design/Design Thinking/Innovation TechniquesmHealth/eHealth
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 617-610-1507

Sean Mikles is a a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center who studies health system data interoperability and interprofessional collaboration. His career spans nearly 15 years of both academic and industry experience, including five years working at electronic record vendor Epic, the pursuit of an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University, and obtaining a PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Washington. His research aims to support collaboration within a patient’s care team and the integration of health-related data from the patient and community into clinical practice and research. Utilizing user-centered design and implementation science approaches, his current research aims to design and implement systems to improve care coordination for post-treatment cancer survivors, and build connections between oncology practices and support services in the community.

Address:
460 Bangor Dr

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27107

Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, Colorado School of Public Health

Expertise:
Survivorship/Cancer OutcomesPharmaciesRetail SettingsNon-Clinical/Clinical LinkagesEpidemiologyCancer Treatment QualitySocial Determinants of HealthMental Health Screening/Interventions/Psychosocial SupportAcademic Medical CentersDisseminationImplementation ScienceIntervention Development and TestingMedicaid/Medicaid Coordinated Care OrganizationsCultural Adaptation to Evidence-Based ProgramsLarge Database AnalyticsHuman-Centered Design/Design Thinking/Innovation TechniquesComparative Effectiveness
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   CPCRN Scholars Program Mentor
Telephone: 303-724-4760

Elaine Morrato, DrPH MPH CPH is a professor in Health Systems, Management and Policy and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Trained as an epidemiologist and board-certified in public health, her passion is accelerating the translation of evidence into practice with a particular focus on preventive care and drug safety. She directs the Innovation-Bioentrepreneurism and Dissemination Science programs for the NIH-supported Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute. She regularly advises the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on issues of risk communication and management and is currently a visiting scientist with FDA in the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Her past experience as an R&D manager at Procter & Gamble with responsibility for commercializing new OTC and prescription drugs informs her research and public health practice.

Address:
Mail Stop B119
13001 E 17th Pl
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Meghan O'Leary, MA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningFQHCs/Community Health CentersHealth Departments/Government Health AgenciesSimulation and Systems ScienceEconomic EvaluationCancer Cost/Value-Based CareMedicaid/Medicaid Coordinated Care OrganizationsCancer Disparities/Health EquityQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsSystematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: -

Meghan O’Leary is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where she minors in Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research. She is also a trainee in the Cancer Care Quality Training Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. For her dissertation, she is exploring the use of systems science tools for informing decision-making about the implementation of colorectal cancer screening interventions. Meghan previously completed her BA in Anthropology and American Studies at Northwestern University, and her MA in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

Address:
170 Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Radhika Ranganathan, MPhil, BS, University of South Carolina

Expertise:
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningVaccine Preventable CancersRural HealthSurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesProgram EvaluationEpidemiologyCancer RegistriesBreast Cancer ScreeningCancer Treatment QualitySocial Determinants of HealthHospitals/Health SystemsDisseminationCancer Disparities/Health EquityLarge Database AnalyticsSystematic Review/Meta-AnalysisComparative Effectiveness
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 702-613-9324

Radhika Ranganathan is a first year MSPH student majoring in Epidemiology. Trying to help medically distressed who eventually died due to lack of research on prevention and treatment of dreadful chronic ailments has been critical and career-defining in her nine years as a Physician Assistant in perioperative cardiac care. She is interested in health services research which she thinks would be foundational to her profession, dedicated to bringing new methods and technologies in helping rid mankind of dreaded diseases and overcoming health inequalities. She is planning on applying the skills learnt from this program to cancer health disparities research and rural cancer control across the care continuum.

Address:
113 S Sumter St.

Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Mayank Sakhuja, MHA, University of South Carolina

Expertise:
Lung Cancer ScreeningBehavioral HealthSocial Determinants of HealthTobacco Prevention and Cessation (Inclusion of Non-Tobacco Products (ENDS))Health and Risk CommunicationQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative Methods
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 803-446-8063

Mayank Sakhuja is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. He completed his graduate degree in Health Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. During and after completing his graduate degree, he gained experience in managing health programs while working in a public health department of state governments and non-profit organizations such as CARE India. He is currently engaged as a graduate research assistant on a Duke Endowment-funded grant aimed to enhance quality of care by improving health literacy through implementation of an evidence-based intervention that improves patient-provider interaction in South Carolina. He is interested in tobacco cessation, health and risk communication, and how evidence-based practices can improve screening for lung and oral cancers in low- and middle-income countries.

Address:
915 Greene Street
Suite 531
Columbia, South Carolina 29208-0001

Jingxi Sheng, BSN, University of South Carolina

Expertise:
Physical ActivitySchoolsSurvey DevelopmentBreast Cancer ScreeningBehavioral HealthSystematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 434-466-9268

Jingxi Sheng is a third-year PhD student in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina. Her long-term research focuses are healthy behaviors and cancer prevention and control among Asian Americans. Her doctoral research is interested in understanding attitudes and beliefs about the role of physical activity in breast cancer prevention and investigating physical activity factors among Asian Americans. She is interested in inventions other than surgical or pharmaceutical treatments that can help reduce breast cancer risk, such as engaging in regular physical activity. She expects to disclose cultural context on Asian American women’s physical activity experience and better understand the physical activity determinants through her doctoral research.

Address:
810 Forest Park Rd

Columbia, South Carolina 29209-2580

Lisa Spees, PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Expertise:
Cervical Cancer ScreeningVaccine Preventable CancersRural HealthSurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesRural Health ClinicsSurvey DevelopmentEconomic EvaluationCancer RegistriesCommunity Cancer CentersCancer Treatment QualityCancer Cost/Value-Based CareAcademic Medical CentersHospitals/Health SystemsImplementation ScienceCancer Disparities/Health EquityNavigation/Collaborative, Team-Based CareQualitative Methods/Configurational Comparative MethodsLarge Database Analytics
Project Role:   Co-Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 919-966-6609

Lisa Spees is an Assistant Professor in the Health Policy and Management Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a health services researcher interested in examining and reducing health disparities by improving cancer care quality and access among minority and rural populations. To date, her research in this area has focused on identifying multi-level (patient, provider, and organizational) barriers across the cancer care continuum using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Spees is especially knowledgeable in handling complex datasets including CIPHR (North Carolina cancer registry data linked to private and public insurance claims data) and SEER-Medicare.

Dr. Spees is currently leading projects focused on 1) examining the financial impact of hematopoietic stem cells transplant among pediatric cancer patients and their families and 2) improving access to guideline-concordant care for patients with gynecologic malignancies.

Address:
1102-G McGavran-Greenberg
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Cynthia Thomson, PhD, MS, RDN, University of Arizona

Expertise:
Physical ActivitySurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesHealthy Eating/DietAmerican Cancer SocietyFQHCs/Community Health CentersHealth Departments/Government Health AgenciesCBOs/CoalitionsSurvey DevelopmentNCORP SitesDisseminationImplementation ScienceCancer Disparities/Health EquityCultural Adaptation to Evidence-Based ProgramsMeasures/Measures DevelopmentSystematic Review/Meta-AnalysismHealth/eHealth
Project Role:   Principal Investigator
CPCRN Scholar Role:   CPCRN Scholars Program Mentor
Telephone: 520-940-1759

Cynthia (Cyndi) Thomson, PhD, MS, RDN is a cancer prevention scientist with over 20 years of lifestyle intervention clinical trials research effort focused on cancer survivors. Her doctoral degree in nutritional sciences served as the foundation for her translational science career. In 2019 she completed the TIDIRC training and complimented her research program with a focus on implementation and dissemination of evidence-based information and programming with an interest in reaching those under-represented in biomedical research and under-served by cancer survivorship programming.

Address:
1295 N Martin Avenue

Tucson, Arizona 85749

Samantha Joanne Werts, MPH, University of Arizona

Expertise:
Rural HealthSurvivorship/Cancer OutcomesHealthy Eating/DietFQHCs/Community Health CentersRural Health ClinicsSurvey DevelopmentCommunity Engagement and CBPRBehavioral HealthSocial Determinants of HealthTobacco Prevention and Cessation (Inclusion of Non-Tobacco Products (ENDS))Intervention Development and TestingCancer Disparities/Health EquityCultural Adaptation to Evidence-Based ProgramsSystematic Review/Meta-AnalysismHealth/eHealth
Project Role:   Student
CPCRN Scholar Role:   Current CPCRN Scholars Program Member
Telephone: 520-869-0340

Samantha Werts is currently a PhD student in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She completed a Master of Public Health degree in May of 2020 at the University of Arizona concentrating on health behavior and health promotion. Her areas of interest span cancer prevention and control. She is interested in developing and implementing lifestyle interventions to improve health outcomes for cancer survivors. Samantha has been and is currently involved in a wide breadth of research within the area of cancer prevention and control, including work in ovarian cancer survivorship, nutrition and physical activity interventions, and tobacco cessation. After receiving her doctorate degree, she hopes to design and implement lifestyle interventions for underserved cancer survivor populations.

Address:
3950 S. Country Club Rd.
Suite 330
Tucson, Arizona 85714