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  • 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.

  • Vanessa Torres, Health Services
    Mentors: Drs. Shirley Beresford, India Ornelas, and Rachel Ceballos

    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
    Mentors: Drs. Peggy Hannon and Beti Thompson

    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


  • Claire Han, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN, Health Services
    Mentors: Drs. Kerryn Reding and Karen Syrjala

    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. Claire will be examining 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.

  • Katherine Wojcik, PhD, Health Services
    Mentors: Dr. Karen Syrjala

    Kathy is interested in cancer affecting children, as well as adolescents and young adults (AYAs), who were diagnosed at 15-39 years of age. Her previous work among children and AYAs in Los Angeles County, included a registry/population-based study of young melanoma survivors (n>100) conducted to determine associations between self-reported barriers and likelihood of recent cancer-related follow-up care (CRFC). Kathy will be examining how psychosocial and behavioral factors may impact the ability of AYAs to get appropriate cancer-related follow-up care. Specifically, the roles of distress, treatment type modified by age, and spatially-derived access to care will be examined to provide insights about why perceived barriers occur and how they influence the likelihood of having follow-up care.

Pre-doctoral Affiliate Fellows

Post-doctoral Affiliate Fellows

  • 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.

  • Sepideh Dibay Moghadam, PhD

    Sepideh's research work includes examining the relationship between ethnicity/acculturation with obesogenic behaviors, perceived stress, and measures of obesity risk.

  • Nancy Lau, PhD, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

    Nancy is a postdoctoral research fellow with the UW Cambia Center's T32 palliative care research program. Her current projects focus on parent-child processes of resilience and caregiver psychosocial well-being in prospective studies of pediatric cancer patients and their caregivers.


  • Catherine Alfano
  • Samantha Artherholt
  • Mateo Banegas
  • Wendy Barrington
  • Kristin Berry
  • Lisa Cadmus
  • Rachel Ceballos
  • Nadine Chan
  • Roxanna Chen
  • John Choe
  • James Cross
  • Julie Culver
  • Sepideh Dibay Moghadam
  • 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
  • Fayth Miles
  • India Ornelas
  • Miruna Petrescu-Prahova
  • Yamile Molina
  • Abby Rosenberg
  • John Scoggins
  • Sara Tamers
  • Silvia Tejeda
  • Olivia Thompson
  • Stephanie Whisnant Cash
  • Steve Zeliadt