Population Health and Cancer Control

Program Members

Aronson, Keith, PhD
Associate Director, Social Sciences Res. Institute; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Stress and somatic symptoms in lung cancer survivors
kra105@psu.edu

Aumiller, Betsy, MEd, DEd
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Educational outreach
baumille@hes.hmc.psu.edu

Berg, Arthur, PhD
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Statistical models and algorithms for identifying genes responsible for the formation and progression of cancer
aberg1@hmc.psu.edu

Bopp, Melissa, PhD
Associate Professor, Kinesiology; Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Community-level strategies for promoting physical activity to prevent disease onset
mjb73@psu.edu

Branstetter, Steven, PhD - Co-Leader
Associate Professor, Bio-behavioral Health; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Interventional research on smoking control
sab57@psu.edu

Chetlen, Alison, DO
Associate Professor, Radiology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Radiation safety, breast biopsy safety, male breast disease, systemic malignancies manifesting in the breast and unusual breast cancers
achetlen@hmc.psu.edu

Conroy, David, PhD
Professor, Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Lifestyle modifications, such as physical activity, sedentary behavior, diet and smoking, to improve cancer prevention and survivorship.

Cream, Leah, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Pharmacogenetics of breast cancer prevention and treatment
lcream@hmc.psu.edu

Desai, Dhimant, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Synthesis and mechanisms of chemo-preventive agents
ddesai@psu.edu

El-Bayoumy, Karam, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis and cancer chemo-preventive agents, bio-marker development
kee2@psu.edu

Farace, Elana, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences and Neurosurgery; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Neuropsychological  effects of cancer, interventions to improve survivorship
efarace@psu.edu

Foulds, Jonathan, PhD
Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Psychopharmacology and treatment of tobacco addiction; racial and ethnic differences in tobacco use and relative harmfulness of different tobacco products
jfoulds@psu.edu

Geier, Charles, PhD
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Drug use and non-drug reward processing
cfg2@psu.edu

Goldenberg, David, MD
Professor, Surgery; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Malignant condition of the upper aero-digestive tract
dgoldenberg@psu.edu

Goyal, Neerav, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Surgery; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mental health disorder incidence amongst head and neck cancer patients
ngoyal1@hmc.psu.edu

Green, Michael, MD, MS
Professor, Humanities; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Bioethics, decision-making in cancer, care at end of life
mjg15@psu.edu

Greenberg, Mark, PhD
Bennett Chair of Prevention Research, Professor; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Large-scale behavioral prevention research, particularly in children and adolescents
mxg47@psu.edu

Grigson, Patricia, PhD
Professor, Neural and Behavioral Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Addiction
psg6@psu.edu

Gusani, Niraj, MD
Associate Professor Surgery, Medicine and Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Surgical treatment of hepatobiliary and pancreatic tumors, sarcomas, melanomas and upper gastrointestinal tract malignant
ngusani@@psu.edu

Hillemeier, Marianne, PhD, MPH
Professor, Health Policy and Administration; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic disparities in cancer care
mmh18@psu.edu

Hollenbeak, Christopher, PhD
Associate Professor, Surgery and Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Health economics, economic sequelae of cancer survivorship
chollenbeak@hmc.psu.edu

Jung, Jeah (Kyoungrae), PhD
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Administration; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Use of specialty cancer drugs and health outcomes, cancer drug pricing and payment, cancer treatment patterns, use of cancer screening tests
kuj11@psu.edu

Kaag, Matthew, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Use of selenium in the prevention of prostate cancer; CTCs and metastatic prostate cancer
mkaag@hmc.psu.edu

Kamens, Helen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: understanding the biological contributions to nicotine use and dependence
hmk123@psu.edu

Kasales, Claudia, MD
Professor, Radiology, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: epidemiology, anatomic-pathologic correlation, imaging

Kern, Teresa, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Cancer survivorship in economically depressed areas, quality of care, quality of life
tkern@psu.edu

Kraschnewski, Jennifer, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Community-based weight control interventions, obesity
jkraschnewski@hmc.psu.edu

Lambert, Joshua, PhD
Associate Professor, Food Science; College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Mechanisms of cancer chemo-prevention by teas and its polyphenolic compounds
jdl134@psu.edu

Lanza, Stephanie, PhD, MS
Professor, Biobehavioral Health; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Development of new statistical methods and their application to behavioral data; smoking cessation
slanza@psu.edu

Lengerich, Eugene, VMD, MS
Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Cancer prevention and survivorship in rural populations
elengerich@psu.edu

Levi, Benjamin, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Advance care planning, quality of life
bhlevi@psu.edu

Lewis, Peter, MD
Professor, Family and Community Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Survivorship care
plewis@hmc.psu.edu

Li, Runze, PhD
Professor, Statistics, Eberly College of Science, UP
Expertise: statistical methods for the analysis of time-varying data
rzli@psu.edu

Liu, Dajiang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: development of novel statistical methods for analyzing sequence data, studying the genetics of nicotine addiction and understanding the functional biology of X inactivation
dajiang.liu@psu.edu

Makova, Kateryna, PhD
Professor, Biology; Eberly College of Science, UP
Expertise: Mutational causes of colorectal cancers
kdm16@psu.edu

Mallett, Kimberly, PhD
Research Associate Professor; Prevention Research Center, UP
Expertise: Prevention of skin cancer among high-risk populations
kmallett@psu.edu

Mama, Scherezada, Dr PH
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: obesity prevention and control with an emphasis on promotion of physical activity
skmama@psu.edu

Manni, Andrea, MD
Professor, Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Breast cancer signaling and prevention
amanni@psu.edu

Matthews, Stephen, PhD
Professor; Sociology and Anthropology, UP
Expertise: Geospatial data and spatial analysis
sxm27@psu.edu

McDonald, Alicia, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: prostate cancer etiology and outcomes and infectious agents and cancer
amcdonal@phs.psu.edu

Miranda, Patricia, PhD
Assistant Professor; Health Policy and Administration, UP
Expertise: Geospatial data and spatial analysis
pym1@psu.edu

Muscat, Joshua, PhD, MPH - Co-Leader
Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Genetic and phenotypic markers of tobacco-cancer risk
jmuscat@psu.edu

Newman, Michelle, PhD
Professor, Psychology; College of Liberal Arts, UP
Expertise: Psychosocial interventions and the physical and mental health of cancer patients
mgn1@psu.edu

Pearl, Dennis, PhD
Professor, Statistics, Eberly College of Science, UP
Expertise: biostatistical issues arising from clinical and translation cancer-related research
dkp13@psu.edu

Penrod, Janice, PhD, RN
Professor, Nursing; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Care-giving at end of life, impact of cancer on family
jlp198@psu.edu

Ramachandran, Ramesh, PhD
Professor, Animal Science, Agricultural Sciences, UP
Expertise: pathogenesis of ovarian cancer and prevention of ovarian cancer though dietary modification or pharmacological intervention
rur11@psu.edu

Raman, Jay, MD
Professor, Surgery; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: genitourinary malignancies; disease trends, treatment algorithms, predictors of disease response and utilization of multi-modal treatment for advanced state disease
jraman@hmc.psu.edu

Rogers, Connie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise:Changes in energy balance and nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk 
cjr102@psu.edu

Rovniak, Liza, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Medicine, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: behavioral risk factors associated with cancer prevention
lrovniak@hmc.psu.edu

Schetter, Susann, DO
Associate Professor, Radiology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Breast density and imaging
sschetter@hmc.psu.edu

Schubart, Jane, PhD
Associate Professor, Surgery; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Cancer survivorship intervention research
jschubart@hmc.psu.edu

Sciamanna, Christopher, MD, MPH
Professor, Medicine and Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: management of obesity in primary care
csciamanna@hmc.psu.edu

Segel, Joel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Administration; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Cancer; health economics; patient decision-making and consumer behavior; and quality of care and outcomes
jes8@psu.edu

Sharma, Arun, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Chemical carcinogenesis and cancer prevention Cancer survivorship intervention research
aks14@.psu.edu

Sinha, Raghu, PhD
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Mechanisms of cancer chemo-prevention by synthetic and naturally occurring agents
rus15@psu.edu

Turrisi, Robert, PhD
Professor, Bio-behavioral Health; College of Health and Human Development, UP
Expertise: Behavioral research on interventions to reduce risky behavior such as sun exposure
rturrisi@psu.edu

Vanamala, Jairam, PhD
Associate Professor, Food Science; College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties of whole foods and the role of gut bacterial in obesity and cancer
juv4@psu.edu

Van de Louw, Andry, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Clinical research on acute respiratory failure in patients with hematological malignancies
avandelouw@hmc.psu.edu

Vanden Heuvel, Jack, PhD
Professor,Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences; College of Agricultural Science, UP
Expertise: Role of nutrition and select dietary factors in inflammation and cancer
jpv2@psu.edu

Wang, Li, PhD
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY 
Expertise: Health services research and outcomes research
lwang@phs.psu.edu

Wang, Ming, PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: spatial-temporal survival analysis on prostate cancer in Pennsylvania; health disparities and environmental risk factors; biomarker identification using cancer genetics data

Watts, Meredith, MD
Assistant Professor, Breast Imaging; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise:Breast imaging
mwatts2@hmc.psu.edu

Weisman, Carol, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: guideline-concordant screening for breast cancer, breast cancer policymaking, access to screening
cweisman@psu.edu

Wilson, Robin, PhD
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences; College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Molecular epidemiology of vitamin D and renal cell cancer
rwilson@psu.edu

Wilson, Stephen, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology; College of Liberal Arts, UP
Expertise: Addictive behavior and cigarette smoking
sjw42@psu.edu

Wu, Rongling, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Public Health Sciences: College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: Statistical genetics of complex traits and human disease
rxw35@psu.edu

Yen, John, PhD
Professor of Information Sciences and Technology: College of Information Sciences and Technology, UP
Expertise: Predictive models regarding risk factors associated with cancer
jyen@ist.psu.edu

Zhu, Junjia (Jay), PhD
Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, HY
Expertise: cancer biostatistician
jzhu@phs.psu.edu