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Fellows

Pre-doctoral

  • Sepideh Dibay Moghadam, Nutritional Sciences
    Mentors: Drs. Shirley Beresford and Wendy Barrington

    Third year BCPT fellow in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, and a PhD Candidate in Nutritional Sciences. Sepideh's current research focuses on the effect of stress on obesogenic dietary behaviors and consequently weight gain among Hispanic and Caucasian women. She hopes the results can inform an intervention study with the focus of stress reduction and lowering soft drink and fast food consumption among the populations with higher chronic stress. Sepideh works with Dr. Deborah Bowen, at UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to correlate accelerometer data and self-report physical activity among Hispanic and Caucasian women using SESO data, and possibly build a predictive model using triangulation method. Sepideh is involved in another project with Dr. Wendy Barrington, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to correlate cortisol with perceived stress using SESO data. Sepideh is interested in the field of nutrition and public health with the goal of improving population health with a focus on women and children.

  • Sarah Hohl, Health Services
    Mentors: Drs. Marian Neuhouser and Beti Thompson

    First year BCPT fellow and a second year PhD student in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. Sarah's current research focuses on assessing the processes and outcomes of transdisciplinary team science — that which integrates methodologies and frameworks from diverse disciplines — and evaluating interventions that address cancer health disparities. As a doctoral student and BCPT trainee, Sarah plans to evaluate how transdisciplinary approaches in cancer research can yield meaningful solutions to public health problems facing underserved communities.

Post-doctoral

Pre-doctoral Affiliate Fellows

  • Vanessa Torres, Health Services

    Vanessa's research interests include social and behavioral sciences, CBPR, social determinants of health, health disparities, cancer prevention, substance abuse, mental health, rural health, and minority health. She is working as an RA with Dr. India Ornelas on an NIH-funded R34 testing an intervention to reduce unhealthy drinking among Latino immigrant men. Vanessa is the recipient of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Diversity Supplement Award for 2015-2017. As part of her diversity supplement she is conducting qualitative interviews to determine best practices for recruitment and retention of Latino immigrant men for future health services research.

  • Janeth Sanchez, Health Services

    Janet was the National Cancer Institute's National Outreach Network (NON) Community Health Educator (CHE) under the New Mexico State University and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Partnership. As the NON CHE, she built and sustained a network for cancer education, outreach, and research dissemination to reduce the disease and disability faced by communities in New Mexico. She established an extensive collaborative network in the state to ensure the dissemination of evidence-based information and education materials on cancer prevention and treatment, including clinical trials. Her areas of interest include the role and effects of health policy and health insurance in improving access to and performance of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services

Post-doctoral Affiliate Fellows

  • Claire Han, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Information />

    Claire is interested in cancer control – in particular, the complications of cancer treatment, along with interventional studies to improve outcomes during and after cancer treatment. She conducted research on symptom management on GI disorders for her dissertation and previously worked in breast cancer research. As an affiliate she will be working with Drs. Kerryn Reding and Karen Syrjala to examine the characteristics (phenotypes, relationships to other symptoms and QOL) and risk factors of cancer therapy (chemotherapy-, radiation- and molecular-targeted) induced GI complications for cancer survivors.

  • Fayth Miles, PhD, MS, Cancer Prevention

    Fayth's research focuses on understanding how environmental factors along with genetic changes affect biological pathways related to metabolism, inflammation and oxidative stress, ultimately influencing cancer risk or outcomes. Working with Dr. Johanna Lampe, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, she will be involved in analysis of high dimensional data from an intervention study examining the effects of lignans on expression of genes associated with colon cancer, integrating the contributions of the gut microbiome. She will also work with Dr. Marian Neuhouser on analysis of metabolic and inflammatory biomarkers in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT). Fayth recently discovered that dietary factors, such as red meat and added sugars, significantly impact survival among patients with cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract. She will continue collaborations with investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles to identify the contributions of similar pro-inflammatory dietary factors and genetic polymorphisms associated with innate immunity to prostate cancer risk, using data from the prostate, lung, colorectal, and ovarian (PLCO) cancer screening trial.

  • Dianne Latterman, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Dianne's independent research at VAPSHCS/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, involves the neuroscience of nutrition and behavior as they related to metabolism and obesity. As an affiliate she is working with Dr. Ceballos' SANA-II project, learning about content and delivery of community education materials.

  • John Scheel, MD, PhD, Health Services

    John's current research at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, includes working in Uganda to assess women's knowledge and experiences with early breast cancer detection practices and barriers to participating in these practices.

Alumni

  • Catherine Alfano
  • Samantha Artherholt
  • Mateo Banegas
  • Wendy Barrington
  • Kristin Berry
  • Lisa Cadmus
  • Stephanie Whisnant Cash
  • Rachel Ceballos
  • Nadine Chan
  • Roxanna Chen
  • John Choe
  • James Cross
  • Julie Culver
  • Emily Dolan
  • Katharine Gries
  • Margaret Hannon
  • Julie Harris
  • Theresa Hastert
  • Nora Henrikson
  • Tracy Hilliard
  • Deanna Kepka
  • Anne Kirchhoff
  • Sarah Knerr
  • Jennifer Livaudais
  • Javiera Martinez
  • Colin Malone
  • India Ornelas
  • Miruna Petrescu-Prahova
  • Yamile Molina
  • Abby Rosenberg
  • John Scoggins
  • Sara Tamers
  • Silvia Tejeda
  • Olivia Thompson
  • Steve Zeliadt