Current Fellows

2014-15 NCI Pre and Post Doc Fellows

Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

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Madina Agenor,  Postdoc: Madina’s research interests pertain to the social determinants of and social inequalities in sexual and reproductive health and cancer prevention and screening among U.S. women. She is particularly interested in using quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand how immigrant status, socioeconomic position, and sexual orientation shape disparities in cancer prevention and screening among black and Latina women. Most recently, Madina conducted a mixed methods study of disparities in cervical cancer screening among U.S. women by race/ethnicity and sexual orientation in relation to socioeconomic and health care factors. Developing interests include cancer prevention intervention research among socially and economically marginalized populations.

Felicia Browne, Predoc/SBS: Felicia Browne is a doctoral student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Felicia’s research interest is cancer prevention through the reduction of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, particularly AOD use in the context of sexual risk behavior. Specifically, she is interested in developing and evaluating comprehensive, innovative community-level risk reduction interventions with and for underserved communities in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa to prevent the incidence of cancer. Felicia has a special interest in health disparities research, and how research can be translated into practice and policy to ultimately eliminate disparities.

Shaniece Criss, Predoc/SBS: Shaniece Criss focuses on utilizing health communication to prevent cancer risk factors in adolescents.  Her interests include obesity reduction strategies employing purposive and non-purposive health communication, as well as, examining the impact of media (e.g., television, movies, videos on websites) on the initiation of tobacco use, alcohol use, and unsafe sex practices among adolescents, especially as it relates to race.  She is currently developing a media campaign for a community-level research intervention to reduce childhood obesity in two cities in MA.

Casey Daniel, Postdoc: Casey’s research interests primarily examine late effects of treatment experienced by survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer. She is currently using data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study to explore these issues. She is interested in using innovations in health communications to coordinate interventions for individuals in this population, particularly to promote screening and prevention for subsequent cancers. Casey’s other research interests include cancer survivorship issues in this population, behavioral intervention design and implementation, and health communications.

Kia Davis, Predoc/SBS: Kia Davis is a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Kia’s current research interests include advocacy, organization and policy change to reduce cancer health inequalities. Kia is particularly interested in how social change related to non-traditional health policies (e.g. education and anti-poverty policies) can reduce structural barriers that lead to disparities in obesity and related cancer risk factors.

Gina Kruse, Postdoc: Gina’s research interests focus on quality improvement in the delivery of cancer prevention services in healthcare settings including tobacco cessation and colorectal cancer screening. She is interested in efficiency in delivering cancer prevention services and is developing a program to deliver a text messaging program for smoking cessation to patients in a primary care clinic. She also has projects examining tobacco use and cessation among patients in sub-Saharan Africa and Indian healthcare settings.

Anusha Vable, Postdoc: Anusha’s research focuses on lifecourse social mobility, or policies that facilitate social mobility, health and health disparities, as well as the measurement of childhood social class.  As an NCI fellow, Anusha plans to examine the relationship between the Korean War GI Bill, smoking, and health care costs for veterans and spouses of veterans.  Smoking among veterans is a compelling issue because the armed forces have been targeted by the tobacco industry since World War I, and even now tobaccos is available at sharply reduced costs at military installations.

Emily Zevon, Predoc/SBS:  Emily Zevon is an incoming doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department.  Her research interests focus on the ways in which social determinants of health contribute to socioeconomic and racial disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes.  She is also interested in the assessment of socioeconomic status, and research designs that bridge the gap between biological and societal levels of analysis. Her recent research has examined the relationship between socioeconomic status and circulating levels of inflammation biomarkers.