Behavioral Science Investigators

Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., M.P.H.  

Research Interests:  health behavior, exercise, cancer survivors, quality of life

Janice A. Blalock, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  developing smoking cessation interventions for smokers with comorbid psychiatric and medical disorders

Paul M. Cinciripini, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  smoking cessation, nicotine psychopharmacology, neurobiology of addiction, clinical trials, genetics and pharmacogenetics

Jeffrey M. Engelmann, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  the neurobiology of nicotine dependence using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

Michelle C. Fingeret, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  body image, facial disfigurement, breast reconstruction, psychosocial oncology, smoking cessation, quality of life

Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  smoking prevention and cessation, skin cancer prevention, genetic counseling, lifestyle change risk reduction, cancer survivors

Jennifer A. Minnix, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  cognitive and affective correlates of addiction and co-morbid disorders

Patricia A. Parker, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  health care provider-patient communication, quality of life

Susan K. Peterson, Ph.D., M.P.H.  

Research Interests: genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancers, adherence to prevention and early detection recommendations, E-health and mobile health technology

Jason D. Robinson, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  neurobehavioral mechanisms underlying nicotine dependence and withdrawal and translating this knowledge to assist those wishing to quit smoking

Susan M. Schembre, Ph.D., R.D.

Research Interests:  cognitive and psychological aspects of eating behavior as it relates to obesity

Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:   reproductive health problems after cancer, sexual problems and distress about infertility after cancer, quality of life, information dissemination, cognitive-behavioral interventions

Eileen Huh Shinn, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  health behaviors and health outcomes, coping with cancer treatment and prevention of late-term effects, stress-mediated cancer outcomes, and dissemination of efficacious screening and diagnostic technologies in cancer

Francesco Versace, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  psychophysiology (fMRI, ERPs) and psychopharmacology of nicotine addiction. Emotion, smoking behavior, smoking cessation, and relapse

Damon J. Vidrine, Dr.P.H.  

Research Interests:  tobacco use and cessation, tobacco-related health disparities, cigarette smoking in special populations, mobile phone-delivered interventions and assessments, health-related quality of life/functional status outcomes

Health Disparities Research Investigators

Marcel de Dios, Ph.D. 

Research Interests: developing and testing smoking cessation treatment interventions for ethnically diverse and vulnerable subpopulations, particularly Latinos

Christopher Fagundes, Ph.D. 

Research Interests:  integrate theories and methods from psycho-oncology, developmental psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and autonomic psychophysiology to understand how the mind and body interact to affect those confronted with cancer and its aftermath.  Particular interest in why certain population groups do not benefit from the same health status as others and how past and current adversities contribute to one's health status

Jennifer Irvin-Vidrine, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  tobacco cessation in underserved populations, smoking-related health risk perceptions, health communications, dissemination of evidence-based interventions, health disparities

Cho Y. Lam, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  nicotine addiction, tobacco use and cessation, ecological momentary assessment and intervention

Lorna Haughton McNeil, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  increasing physical activity among racial/ethnic minorities as a mechanism to reduce cancer risk

Larkin L. Strong, Ph.D., M.P.H.  

Research Interests:  to understand how social, cultural, and environmental influences help to shape patterns of cancer preventive behaviors in minority and underserved populations, with the ultimate objective of translating research findings into health promotion efforts that stimulate meaningful change in opportunities for and adoption of healthy lifestyles

David W. Wetter, Ph.D.  

Research Interests:  theoretical models of addictive and cancer risk behaviors, epidemiology and public health impact of those behaviors, development, evaluation, and dissemination of theoretically-based interventions

Integrative Medicine Program Investigators

Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.

Research Interests:  integrative medicine, biobehavioral effects of psychosocial interventions, incorporation of complementary programs with conventional treatment (e.g., meditation, stress management, emotional writing, yoga, and tai chi/qigong)

Kathrin Milbury, Ph.D.

Research Interests:  to design and evaluate dyadic behavioral interventions to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones

Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D.

Research Interests:  in the utilization of neuroscientific methods to explore the efficacy and mechanisms of non-conventional medicine, as well as the design and implementation of brain computer interface protocols to help patients modify their experience of side effects of cancer treatment