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Fellows

Pre-doctoral

  • Tara Hayes Constant, Anthropology
    Mentors: Drs. Beti Thompson and Linda Ko

    Third year BCPT fellow in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, and a sixth year student in the Biocultural Anthropology PhD program, PhC. Tara's current research is on cancer among low-income Latina women, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Field-site: Lima, Peru. Tara has been involved in several cancer-related studies, including the following: knowledge and attitudes of HIV-positive Kenyan men towards cervical cancer screening for their female partners; medical advocacy among African American breast cancer patients during diagnosis and treatment; challenges and opportunities for advancing breast cancer advocacy in low and middle income countries; and patient/provider effects on delayed diagnosis among Peruvian women with breast cancer. With these efforts as background, Tara carried out her dissertation research under the supervision of co-chairs Dr. Bettina Shell-Duncan and Dr. Steve Goodreau, a mixed methods and anthropologically grounded study of social support networks and self-efficacy among women under treatment for cancer at Peru's central cancer hospital. Data collection was completed Summer 2015. Tara will complete her defense, anticipated for Winter 2016.

  • Colin Malone, Epidemiology
    Mentors: Polly Newcomb and Donald Patrick

    Second year BCPT fellow in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, and a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology. Colin is currently researching determinants of cervical cancer screening uptake among participants of an ongoing trial of home-based HPV self-screening at Group Health and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Colin is currently investigating about barriers and determinants to using traditional and novel screening methods among women at high risk of cervical cancer. He is also modeling the cost-effectiveness of HPV self-screening. Colin's current research interests include pragmatic clinical trial design, and the use of behavioral research and modeling to enhance clinical trials and reduce disparities in cancer screening.

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

    Second 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.

  • Ursula Tsosie, Epidemiology
    Mentors: Polly Newcomb and Shirley Beresford

    Third year BCPT affiliate fellow in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, and a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology. Ursula's current research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is focused on cancer worry and gastrointestinal cancers, screening, and treatment. Her interests also include health disparities, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Post-doctoral

  • Fayth Miles, Health Services
    Mentors: Drs. Johanna Lampe and Marian Neuhouser

    First year BCPT fellow in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. 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.

  • Jesse Plascak, Health Services
    Mentors: Drs. Donald Patrick and Beti Thompson

    Third year BCPT fellow in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. Jesse's research concerns the investigation of macro level factors affecting health disparities. He has recently collaborated with Drs. Patrick, Beresford, and Molina to investigate associations between characteristics of the residential context (i.e., Latino residential segregation, social cohesion) and plans to obtain a mammogram and self-reported mental health among Latinos. Working with Dr. Beti Thompson, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Jesse is investigating the associations between residential contextual factors and individual-level cortisol and pesticide exposure among Latina's in the Yakima Valley. He also continues to collaborate with researchers from Ohio State University on several projects, including investigations of: geographic access to physical activity resources and prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity; and geographic access and community messaging to promote healthy behaviors.

Pre-doctoral Affiliate Fellows

  • Natalia Oster, Health Services

    Natalia's current research at UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is in the study of Breast Pathology to assess pathologists' characteristics and breast tissue characteristics (such as age of the woman, breast density, biopsy type) that may impact the variability of pathologists' interpretation of the specimen.

Post-doctoral Affiliate Fellows

  • Rebecca Drieling, Epidemiology

    Rebecca's primary areas of research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, include evaluation of disease prevention strategies and behavioral interventions to improve diet and physical activity. Her recent dissertation research focused on osteoporotic fracture risk factors.

  • Sarah Knerr, Health Services

    Sarah's primary areas of research at Group Health Research Institute and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, include PUEDO dissemination focus-group analysis and TREC mixed methods analysis.

  • Dianne Latterman, 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.

  • Farah Sahoo, Health Services

    Farah's current research at the University of Washington, is to study non-adherence to medications in Hematopoietic Stem Cell (HCT) recipients. She is interested in studying the factors affecting adherence and developing interventions to improve adherence to medications in this patient population.

  • John Scheel, 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
  • Jennifer Livaudais
  • Javiera Martinez
  • India Ornelas
  • Miruna Petrescu-Prahova
  • Yamile Molina, Health Services
  • Abby Rosenberg, Epidemiology
  • John Scoggins
  • Sara Tamers
  • Silvia Tejeda
  • Olivia Thompson
  • Steve Zeliadt