CPCRN WORKGROUP & INTEREST GROUP PROJECTS

CPCRN members across Collaborating Centers and affiliate institutions regularly form cross-center projects to investigate areas of shared expertise within the Network. Expand and explore the Workgroups and Interest Groups accordions below to view complete listings of the Network’s current projects, as well Inactive Projects to learn about previous Network efforts. Though discontinued, these projects may be revived if renewed interest and resources become available.

The Network's current projects are broken down into two categories: Workgroups, which are comprised of investigators from two or more Centers who collaborate on a well-defined set of deliverables to meet goals around a common theme; and Interest Groups, which are semi-permanent collaborative efforts that dissolve once work is complete, or evolve to function as permanent Network entities, and are redefined as Workgroups.

Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Interest Group

Purpose

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors face unique challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and follow up of cancer which translates into higher morbidity and mortality. These challenges include unique concerns regarding late/long-term effects and higher prevalence of certain cancer types. Our experience (and I think supported by literature) is that it is challenging to capture long-term follow up on the AYA population due to mobility/competing life demands. This creates challenges for doing studies and building an evidence base. There are newer therapies for which we don’t yet understand the full range of late/long-term toxicities. The CPCRN has demonstrated interest in cancer survivorship, with AYA being a subset and representing a small(er) proportion of cancer survivors. Having multiple sites increases power for any intervention, and we would be able to focus in on specific questions (e.g. cardiotoxicity, reproductive late effects, psychosocial). Project ideas include:

  • Gathering data on preferences/strategies for contact/follow up/recruitment in this population;
  • Observational studies or secondary database analysis to describe late/long-term effects of newer therapies (biologics), late/long-term effects for potentially understudied, and strategies to reduce cardiovascular morbidity.

For more information about the AYA Cancer Interest Group, please contact Project Chair, Dr. Linda Overholser (linda.overholser@cuanschutz.edu).

Co-chairs

Linda Overholser, Colorado School of Public Health

Members

Wesley Burkett, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tatiana Enriquez,
University of Arizona
Ciaran Fairman, PhD, CSCS, CET
University of South Carolina
Elizabeth Garcia, BSBM
University of Arizona
Jennifer Guida, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Clare Meernik, PhD, MPH
Other Center
Karly Murphy, PhD
Other Center
Linda Overholser, MD, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Malesa Pereira, MPH, CPH, CCRP
Other Center
Courtney Petagna, MPH
Emory University
Priyanka Ravi, BDS, MDS
University of Arizona
Susan Sabatino, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Meghan Skiba, PhD, MS, MPH, RDN
University of Arizona
Emily Tonorezos, MD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Tara Torres, MPsych
University of Arizona
Casey Walsh, PhD, MSW
University of Washington
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

Organizational Readiness Interest Group

Purpose

For more information about the Organizational Readiness Interest Group, please contact Project Coordinator, Derek Craig (derek.w.craig@uth.tmc.edu).

Co-chairs

Maria Fernández, University of Texas, Houston

Members

Prajakta Adsul, PhD, MBBS, MPH
Other Center
Cici Bauer, PhD, MS
University of Texas, Houston
Derek Craig, PhD, MPH
University of Texas, Houston
Emanuelle Dias, MPH, CPH
University of Texas, Houston
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
Emory University
Paige Farris, MSW
Oregon Health & Science University
Maria Fernández, PhD, MA
University of Texas, Houston
Victoria Foster, MPH
New York University – City University of New York
Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, MBA
New York University – City University of New York
Jessica Islam, PhD, MPH
Other Center
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Karen Lutrick, PhD
University of Arizona
Alexandra Morshed, PhD, MS
Emory University
Linda Overholser, MD, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Kelly Palmer, PhD, MHS, CCRP
University of Arizona
Randy Schwartz, MSPH
Other Center
Cynthia Thomson, PhD, MS, RDN
University of Arizona
Tara Torres, MPsych
University of Arizona
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
New York University – City University of New York
Aubrey Villalobos, DrPH, MEd
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Lauren Workman, PhD
University of South Carolina
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

Social Deprivation Interest Group

Purpose

Initially conceptualized at the 2021 CPCRN Annual Meeting, the Social Deprivation Interest Group was proposed and formally established following a discussion about how an equity lens in cancer prevention and control research requires a deep understanding of the multilevel social determinants of cancer outcomes. The Interest Group is particularly interested in exploring the following determinants: influence of neighborhood deprivation on individuals’ preventive behaviors; access to healthcare services; competing demands; and cumulative psychosocial stressors, among others.

For more information about the Social Deprivation Interest Group, please contact Project Director, Julie Kranick (julie.kranick@nyulangone.org).

Co-chairs

Cici Bauer, University of Texas, Houston

Members

Prajakta Adsul, PhD, MBBS, MPH
Other Center
Natoshia Askelson, PhD, MPH
University of Iowa
Cici Bauer, PhD, MS
University of Texas, Houston
Wesley Burkett, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Perla Chebli, PhD, MPH
New York University – City University of New York
Lori Crane, PhD, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Paige Farris, MSW
Oregon Health & Science University
Maria Fernández, PhD, MA
University of Texas, Houston
Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH
University of Arizona
Jennifer Guida, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Heidi Haines, MS
University of Iowa
James Hébert, ScD, MSPH
University of South Carolina
Rachel Hirschey, PhD, RN
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Maia Ingram, MPH
University of Arizona
Jessica Islam, PhD, MPH
Other Center
Linda Ko, PhD, MPH, MS
University of Washington
Ariella Korn, PhD, MS, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Julie Kranick, MA, MPhil
New York University – City University of New York
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Melissa Mazor, PhD, MS, RN
Other Center
Stephanie Melkonian, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sean Mikles, PhD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alexandra Morshed, PhD, MS
Emory University
Meghan O'Leary, PhD, MA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cassie Lewis Odahowski, PhD, MPH
Other Center
April Oh, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Antoinette Percy-Laurry, DrPH, MSPH
Other Center
Aaron Seaman, PhD, MA
University of Iowa
Ryan Suk, PhD, MS
University of Texas, Houston
Tara Torres, MPsych
University of Arizona
Erika Trapl, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Ben Urick, PhD, PharmD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cynthia Vinson, PhD, MPA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Mary Wangen, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Shannon Watkins, PhD
University of Iowa
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Arica White, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Kate Yeager, PhD, RN, MS
Emory University
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Whitney Zahnd, PhD
University of Iowa

Lung Cancer Screening Interest Group

Purpose

Results of the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial have informed the development of favorable guidelines and policies to support implementation of lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT); however, uptake and maintenance of screening remain suboptimal. To maximize the individual and population health benefits of lung cancer screening, there is an urgent need for efforts to raise clinician and candidate engagement with lung cancer screening, support informed consideration of uptake, and facilitate adherence. While there has been some early attention to addressing disparities and inequity, there are a host of opportunities for developing, testing, and implementing targeted and tailored strategies to support appropriate and informed lung cancer screening in a number of underserved communities that are likely to experience higher rates of eligibility for screening due to tobacco use history. The CPCRN Lung Cancer Screening Interest Group will consider these opportunities and work toward generating ideas and collaborations to develop an evidence base to support equity in lung cancer screening implementation.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Interest Group, please contact Project Directors, Mary Wangen (wange062@live.unc.edu) & Emily Bilenduke (emily.bilenduke@ucdenver.edu).

Co-chairs

Alison Brenner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jamie Studts, Colorado School of Public Health

Members

Prajakta Adsul, PhD, MBBS, MPH
Other Center
Shacoria Anderson, MPH
Emory University
Allison Antoine, MPH, CHES
Other Center
Emily Bilenduke, MA
Colorado School of Public Health
Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mary Charlton, PhD, MS
University of Iowa
Perla Chebli, PhD, MPH
New York University – City University of New York
Lori Crane, PhD, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Natalie Del Vecchio, PhD
University of Iowa
Jan Eberth, PhD, MSPH
Other Center
Paige Farris, MSW
Oregon Health & Science University
Beverly B. Green, MD, MPH
Other Center
Heidi Hamann, PhD
University of Arizona
James Hébert, ScD, MSPH
University of South Carolina
Richard Hoffman, MD, MPH
University of Iowa
Jaron King, MS
University of South Carolina
Stephanie Land, PhD
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Gita Mody, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cassie Lewis Odahowski, PhD, MPH
Other Center
Courtney Petagna, MPH
Emory University
Daniel Reuland, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tom Richards, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Betsy Risendal, PhD
Colorado School of Public Health
Susan Sabatino, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Aaron Scherer, PhD
University of Iowa
Randy Schwartz, MSPH
Other Center
Jackilen Shannon, PhD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University
Krishna Sharma, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Leeann Siegel, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Elsa Staples, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Jamie Studts, PhD, MA, MS
Colorado School of Public Health
Tara Torres, MPsych
University of Arizona
Anil Vachani,
University of Pennsylvania
Cynthia Vinson, PhD, MPA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Arica White, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Randi Williams, PhD, MPH
Other Center
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Whitney Zahnd, PhD
University of Iowa