Cancer Prevention & Control Traineeship

Research Mentors


Research Mentors

A core element of the training program is the opportunity to work closely with a primary mentor, as well as a mentoring committee of approximately 3-5 faculty.  In addition to the primary mentor, this committee will assist the trainee in defining and working toward his or her professional goals.  Applicants are asked to state their specific interests in cancer survivorship upon applying to the program, to assure potential mentors can be identified prior to accepting a trainee into the program.  

 Mentors currently work on a variety of funded research projects in the following areas: (1) Quality of Life; (2) Lifestyle; (3) Symptom Management; (4)Tobacco Control; and (5) Clinical Care that potential mentors and cancer control researchers are working on or have conducted.

Potential mentors come from a range of disciplines, have cancer-related funding in a variety of areas, participate in collaborative research teams, and have considerable experience in mentoring.  Click on a mentor's name to link to their bio page, which provides more information about their research interests, current funding and publications.

Potential Mentors & Department

Discipline & Research Interests

Thomas Arcury, PhD
Family and Community Medicine

Medical Anthropology
Rural health, health disparities, qualitative research

Nancy Avis, PhD, MS
Social Sciences and Health Policy

Social Psychology and Epidemiology
Quality of life, symptom management, complementary and alternative medicine, long-term survivors

William Blackstock, MD
Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology
Cancer treatment, quality of life, mentoring

Sharon Castellino, MD

Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology

 Conditions resulting from childhood cancer, and Pediatric cancer survivorship

Suzanne Danhauer, PhD
Social Sciences and Health Policy 

Clinical Psychology
Complementary and alternative approaches to symptom management, post-traumatic growth

William G. Hundley, MD



Vascular biology and function, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, clinical cardiology, and  Echocardiography

Glenn Lesser, MD

Medical Oncology
Symptom management and  quality of life in brain cancer patients

Shannon Mihalko, PhD
Health and Exercise Science

Exercise science
Physical activity, aging and cancer, quality of life

Michelle Naughton, PhD
Social Sciences and Health Policy

Sociology, Epidemiology
Quality of life, long-term effects of chemotherapy, impact of cancer treatment on fertility

Stephen Rapp, PhD
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Clinical Psychology
Cancer and cognitive functioning

Gary Schwartz, PhD
Cancer Biology

Vitamin D, chemoprevention for reducing the progression of prostate cancer

Sally Shumaker, PhD
Social Sciences and Health Policy

Social Psychology
Cognition, quality of life

John Spangler, MD, MS
Family and Community Medicine

Family Medicine
Tobacco control

Erin Sutfin, PhD
Social Sciences & Health Policy

Developmental Psychology
Tobacco control, dissemination and implementation research  

Janet Tooze, PhD        Biostatistical Science

Repeated measures data, data with clumping at zero, nutritional epidemiology and surveillance, cancer prevention

Mara Vitolins, PhD
Epidemiology and Prevention

Nutrition Epidemiology
Dietary factors in symptom management and reducing cancer progression

Kathryn Weaver, PhD
Social Sciences and Health Policy

Clinical Psychology
Health behavior among cancer survivors and their family caregivers, patterns of follow-up care among cancer survivors, and cancer health disparities

Mark Wolfson, PhD
Social Sciences and Health Policy

Tobacco control among college students, community interventions

Jianfeng Xu, MD
Epidemiology and Prevention

Genetic Epidemiology
Genetic factors in prostate cancer progression


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