Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Program

The goals of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program are to reduce the burden of cancer through hypothesis-driven observational and interventional research that spans the bench-to-bedside-to-community at large and targets all stages of neoplasia, from primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, through to end-of-life care.

People

Program Members

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    Azuero PhD, MBA, Andres, Associate Scientist

    Dr. Azuero's focus is on the design, management, and analysis of clinical trials and health interventions, and the use of statistical and machine learning techniques for modeling personalized treatment response and observational data. He specializes in a broad spectrum of classical statistical and machine learning techniques. He collaborates in several research projects within and outside UAB.

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    Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, Marie, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Baskin is a nationally-renowned health disparities researcher and professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South among residents of both rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Dr. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson...

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    Bhatia M.D., Smita, Senior Scientist

    Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH joined UAB in 2015 to establish the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. She is the Gay and Bew White Endowed Professor in Pediatric Oncology and serves as Vice Chair for Outcomes in the Dept. of Pediatrics. She also serves as the Associate Director for Outcomes Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bhatia completed her training in Blood Banking, Hematology/ Oncology and BMT from the University of Minnesota, where she also received her MPH in Epide...

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    Brown Ph.D., MPH, Elizabeth, Senior Scientist

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    Burgio Ph.D., Kathryn, Senior Scientist

    Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD, is a behavioral psychologist, Professor in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Continence Program, and Research Director of the UAB Genitourinary Disorders Center. She directs the Behavioral Sciences Section and the Behavioral Medicine Program in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She is also Associate Director for Research at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Birmingham VA Medical Center.

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    Carson Ph.D., Tiffany, Associate Scientist

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    Chapman Lambert PhD, CRNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, Crystal, Associate Scientist

    Dr. Chapman Lambert is a promising early career investigator. Her research activities focus on improving health outcomes for minority population, more specifically women living with HIV (WLWH). For her dissertation she recruited and administered a survey to 300 WLWH to assess their attitudes, beliefs and knowledge regarding HPV and cervical cancer screening. Continuing her passion to improve health outcomes for WLWH, Dr. Chapman Lambert is evaluating multilevel factors that impact medication and...

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    Cropsey Psy.D., Karen, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Cropsey attended undergraduate and her masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana for her doctoral training and completed internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in forensics and substance abuse at University of Mississippi Medical Center and Virginia Commonwealth University. She stayed on as faculty in the Department of Psychia...

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    Daniel Ph.D., Casey, Associate Scientist

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    Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Wendy, Senior Scientist

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    Durant, Raegan, Scientist

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    Dutton Ph.D., Gareth, Senior Scientist

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    Fontaine Ph.D., Kevin, Senior Scientist

    I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Antoine Lavoisier Endowed Professor of Energetics and Healthy Lifestyles. I also serve as the Associate Director of the Physical Activity and Exercise Core of UAB’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) and as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...

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    Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Mona, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and is a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is PI on numerous federally funded projects that bring in over $51 million and Co-PI on additional grants worth approximately $20 million. Most of this funding has a common theme of improving health and preventing disease in minorities.

    Dr. Fouad is PI for the CDC-funded center entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approa...

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    Gangaraju, Radhika, Associate Scientist

    Dr. Gangaraju comes to our division from the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, where she completed a Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology and conducted research with Dr. Josef Prchal, a former UAB Hematology member. Originally from India, Dr. Gangaraju received her Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degrees from Rangaraya Medical College, Andhra Pradesh. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency in the UAB Montgomery program from 2010-13...

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    Gower Ph.D., Barbara, Senior Scientist

    Barbara Gower is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and serves as Director of the Metabolism Core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Human Physiology Core for the Diabetes Research Center. Her research focus is on the interplay between diet, endocrinology, and metabolism and their relation to chronic metabolic disease, with expertise in evaluation of body composition, body fat distri...

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    Harrington, Kathleen, Scientist

    Kathleen Harrington is a health behaviorist who directs the UAB Tobacco Consult Service and is currently involved in tobacco cessation and electronic cigarette research among hospital patients. She is also involved with a program promoting enrollment in the MD-MPH joint degree program. She has designed and delivered training to apply motivational interviewing techniques to promote engagement and adherence for a variety of health issues. Kathleen Harrington received masters degrees in Education a...

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    Hendricks, Peter, Scientist

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    Johnston, Emily, Associate Scientist

    I am a pediatric oncologist with a focus on solid tumors and end-of-life care research. I am originally from Iowa, went to Carleton College in Minnesota for undergraduate before heading to Stanford for my medical training. I joined the UAB faculty July 2018. I live in Homewood with my son and husband and enjoy running, reading, hiking, and spending time with my little guy.

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    Kempf PhD, MPH, Mirjam-Colette, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Mirjam-Colette Kempf has a broad background in infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioral sciences. Her previous research has focused on HIV health services and outcomes research with particular emphasis on psychosocial barriers of access to care and health care disparities among HIV-infected women living in the rural South. She is the Co-PI for the NIH-funded UAB-MS Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) site, a member of the National WIHS cohort investigating the HIV epidemic in Women ...

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    Kenzik Ph.D., Kelly, Associate Scientist

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    Kim Ph.D., Young-il, Scientist

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    Liang, Margaret, Associate Scientist

    I grew up in Ohio and completed my undergraduate, medical school, and residency training at The Ohio State University. I then went on to complete my fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. I moved to Birmingham to work at UAB because of the amazing multi-disciplinary cancer care team that we have. The UAB health system and Cancer Center are dedicated to being at the cutting edge of providing high quality and well coordinated cancer care...

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    Liu M.D., Ph.D., Rui-Ming, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Rui-Ming Liu received her M.D. and PhD (in Toxicology) degrees from Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China. She is an American Board of Toxicology certified Toxicologist. Dr. Liu joined the UAB School of Public Health in 1999 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. In 2014, Dr. Liu was promoted to Professor with tenure and moved from School of Public Health to School of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division.

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    Madan-Swain Ph.D., Avi, Senior Scientist

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    Manne Ph.D., Upender, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Manne obtained his M.S. (Biochemistry, Histochemistry, Parasitology, Zoonosis) and Ph.D. (energy metabolic pathways of endoparasites) degrees from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. His postdoctoral training was in molecular immunology and vaccine development for malaria (Malaria Research Center, Delhi, India); in helicobacter infections (School of Microbiology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); and in histopathology, molecular tumor biology, and preclinical translational...

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    McDonald, Andrew, Associate Scientist

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    Messiaen Ph.D., Ludwine, Senior Scientist

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    Murdaugh, Donna, Associate Scientist

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    Nagy Ph.D., Timothy, Senior Scientist

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    Niranjan, Soumya, Associate Scientist

    Dr. Soumya Niranjan is an Assistant Professor of Health Professions in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (India) and doctoral degree in Medical Sociology from UAB. She also completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation Sciences from University of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Dr. Niranjan’s research interests include h...

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    Norian Ph.D., Lyse, Scientist

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    Ojesina M.D., Ph.D., Akinyemi, Associate Scientist

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    Partridge M.D., Edward, Senior Scientist

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    Pisu Ph.D., Maria, Scientist

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    Rocque M.D., Gabrielle, Associate Scientist

    Dr. Gabrielle Rocque is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Hematology & Oncology and Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree, medical doctorate, Internal Medicine residency, and fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She also completed a Masters of Science in Public Health from UAB. She currently practices as a medical oncologist, specializing in t...

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    Rogers M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.S.M., Laura, Senior Scientist

    Dr. Laura Rogers is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is also a Senior Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Center for Exercise Medicine, and the Cancer Control and Population Science Program of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed her MD degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and a Ma...

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    Salvador M.D., Carolina, Associate Scientist

    Dr. Salvador earned her MD and completed her internship, residency and a research fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She completed a fellowship in Oncology/Hematology at the University of Louisville where she is currently Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology. Her primary clinical activities are in the medical oncology program for breast cancer. Her primary research interests are in preventive oncology and minority health rela...

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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Senior Scientist

    Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH, is a behavioral scientist with a deep commitment to the elimination of cancer disparities in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level. Her primary area of interest is cancer prevention and control (including tobacco control) among low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations (particularly Latinos and Afric...

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    Schoenberger-Godwin, Yu-Mei, Associate Scientist

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    Sharafeldin, Noha, Associate Scientist

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    Shikany Dr.P.H., James, Senior Scientist

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    Triebel Psy.D., Kristen, Scientist

    Dr. Triebel joined the faculty in 2008 after completing a two-year postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at UAB. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Her clinical work involves neuropsychological evaluation of adults and older adults with a wide variety of neurological disorders, with a specialty focus in cancer, dementia, and movement disorders (including DBS pre-surgical evaluations). Dr. Triebel is also involved in educating graduate students, interns, and postdoct...

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    Vance PhD, MGS, MS, David, Senior Scientist

    Dr. David Vance is a psychologist who actively researches neurocognitive aging and HIV. His funded studies focus on transcranial direct current stimulation, olfactory dysfunction, cognitive prescriptions, and others. He chairs the Neurocognitive Group of the Women’s Initiative HIV Study, a national longitudinal cohort study. His scholarship has led to numerous publications (+235 peer-reviewed articles) and presentations (+450) as well as being an invited member to a White House forum and an N...

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    Wesselmann M.D., Ursula, Senior Scientist

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    Williams M.D., Grant, Associate Scientist

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    Wolfson-Stockman M.D., Julie, Associate Scientist

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    Worthey, Elizabeth, Scientist

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    Yang, Fan, Associate Scientist

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    Yi Ph.D., Nengjun, Senior Scientist

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    Yun Ph.D., Huifeng, Associate Scientist

    I am an associate professor in the department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). After working as a statistician/epidemiologist, I have accumulated more than 10 years of experience in the study design, analysis, and methodological development using a variety of data system, including electronic medical records, Medicare, Medicaid, SEER, commercial administrative data, and patient surveys. At the same time, I have established strong collaboration with experts on a v...

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