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Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in
Cancer Prevention and Control

The Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control is an NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral program that will equip participants to work at the interface between behavioral and social science, technology, clinical oncology and cancer biology. The program will provide an immersion in 1) the fundamentals of cancer biology and clinical oncology, 2) theory-based, technology-supported behavioral interventions, 3) outcomes science and measurement, and 4) community engagement strategies, all as applied to cancer prevention, control, and survivorship. The two year training program will consist of research, educational, and career development components and will prepare participants for academic and related careers. Participants will have the opportunity to enroll in one of four relevant Master’s degree programs: an MPH, an MS in Clinical Investigation, an MS in Health Sciences and Outcomes Research, or an MS in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

In addition to the Lurie Cancer Center, Northwestern University’s Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Institute for Public Health and Medicine Center for Behavior and Health, Cancer Survivorship Institute, and Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies all provide resources for the training program.

Program Director for Cancer Prevention: Bonnie Spring, PhD (Contact PI), Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, bspring@northwestern.edu

Program Director for Cancer Control and Survivorship: Frank Penedo, PhD (MPI), Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, fpenedo@northwestern.edu

Program Assistant: Ana Vallecillos, ana.vallecillos1@northwestern.edu, 312.503.6522

Research Mentors

bilimoria,karl
Karl Bilimoria, MD
Assistant Professor
Surgery

Assessment of surgical outcomes, quality of cancer care

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cameron,kenzie
Kenzie Cameron, PhD, MPH
Research Associate Professor
Medicine

Communication-based health interventions

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cella,david
David Cella, PhD
Professor and Chair
Medical Social Sciences

Outcomes and measurement sciences, quality of life (QOL) assessments, health disparities

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garcia,sofia
Sofia Garcia, PhD
Assistant Professor
Medical Social Sciences

Assessment and management of post-treatment symptoms, health literacy

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hahn,elizabeth
Elizabeth Hahn, MA
Associate Professor
Medical Social Sciences

Health literacy, health disparities, health information technologies

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hitsman,brian
Brian Hitsman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine

Causes and treatments of tobacco dependence

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hou,lifang
Lifang Hou, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine

Molecular markers of cancer risk and environmental exposure

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khan,seema
Seema Khan, MD, MD
Professor
Surgery

Cancer prevention clinical trials, breast cancer prevention strategies

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lai,jinshei
Jin-Shei Lai, PhD
Professor
Medical Social Sciences

Psychometrics, health-related QOL assessments

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mohr,david
David Mohr, PhD
Professor
Preventive Medicine

Behavior intervention technologies, psychosocial distress in cancer patients

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penedo,frank
Frank Penedo, PhD
Professor
Medical Social Sciences

Psychosocial, sociocultural, and biobehavioral aspects of cancer survivorship

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phillips,siobhan
Siobhan M Phillips, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine

Physical activity interventions in cancer survivors

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robinson,june
June Robinson, MD
Research Professor
Dermatology

Skin cancer prevention

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siddique,juned
Juned Siddique, DrPH
Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine

Measurement error in diet and activity interventions

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simon,melissa
Melissa Simon, MD
Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Cancer health disparities, community-based participatory research

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spring,bonnie
Bonnie Spring, PhD
Professor
Preventive Medicine

Theory-based technology-supported interventions to alter cancer risk behaviors

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vanhorn,linda
Linda Van Horn, PhD
Professor
Preventive Medicine

Nutritional assessments, dietary interventions

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victorson,david
David Victorson, PhD
Associate Professor
Professor, Medical Social Sciences

Psychosocial, bio-behavioral and mind-body approaches to improve QOL in cancer patients

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wang,lei
Lei Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Radiology

Imaging correlates of treatment-related impairment of cognitive function

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wolf,michael
Michael Wolf, PhD

Professor
Medicine
Health impairments due to low literacy, remedial strategies

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woodruff,teresa
Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Treatment-related fertility impairments

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wu,lisa
Lisa M Wu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Medical Social Sciences

Quality of life and cognitive impairment in cancer survivors

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Qualified PhDs and MDs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement describing research interests and experience, and at least one letter of recommendation to: Bonnie Spring, PhD, bspring@northwestern.edu