The Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is focused on examining the behavioral and biological determinants of cancer in the general and underserved populations. Our research has four areas of emphasis:

  • Assessing the predictors and barriers of colorectal cancer screening and developing interventions to increase screening behavior
  • Determining the role of various exposures (e.g., environmental and social determinants), socio-economics, and health disparities on cancer-related outcomes using spatial epidemiology
  • Developing and evaluating group and individually randomized health promotion interventions. Active interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty from institutions across the U.S. contribute to this effort as well as community-based partners.
  • Assessing the impact of PFAS-contaminated water on health and well-being, particularly related to cancer

The goal of this 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.

Research Projects


Etiology and advanced methods

Measures development and validation