The Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program is focused on examining the behavioral and biological determinants of cancer in the general and underserved populations. The goal of this research program and line of inquiry is to impact cancer prevention and control and ultimately reduce cancer morbidity and mortality through novel, community-engaged and translational research. This research has four areas of emphasis:

  1. Assessing the predictors and barriers of colorectal cancer screening and developing interventions to increase screening behavior
  2. Determining the role of social determinants, socioeconomics and health disparities in cancer-related outcomes using spatial epidemiology
  3. Developing and evaluating group and individually randomized health promotion interventions
  4. Assessing the impact of PFAS-contaminated water on health and well-being, particularly related to cancer.

Active interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty from institutions across the U.S. contribute to this effort, as well as community-based partners. Lab director Resa M. Jones is also affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center.


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Resa M. Jones

Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Research Projects


Etiology and advanced methods

Measures development and validation