• Brittany Bannon, PhD

    Brittany Bannon, PhD

    Dr. Bannon received her PhD in Social/Personality Psychology with a concentration in Health from University of California, Riverside. Brittany’s research is targeted at the psychosocial predictors and development of illness behaviors- that is, variability in people's responses to symptoms, including the propensity to seek out treatment and health services. By applying psychological models of health behavior change within a developmental framework, her research centers on disentangling the psychosocial and biological mechanisms that underlie these behaviors during various lifespan transitions. Email: brittany.bannon@hsc.utah.edu

  • Mollie Barnard, ScD

    Mollie Barnard, ScD

    Dr. Barnard earned her ScD in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The primary goal of Mollie’s research is to use molecular epidemiology to inform ovarian cancer prevention and early detection strategies. Mollie was awarded a National Cancer Institute F99 Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award to study the role of inflammation and immunity in ovarian tumor development. For the K00 postdoctoral phase of this award, she is working with Dr. Jennifer Doherty at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) where she is researching the genetic epidemiology of ovarian cancer histotypes. Mollie is collaborating with investigators from the Utah Population Database, the Utah Cancer Registry, and Intermountain Healthcare to study ovarian cancer high-risk pedigrees. She is developing studies to discover susceptibility variants for ovarian cancer histotypes, and to describe the occurrence of other disease types in families at high risk of ovarian cancer. Email: mollie.barnard@hci.utah.edu

  • Rebecca Delaney, PhD

    Rebecca Delaney, PhD

    Dr. Delaney received her PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University. Rebecca’s research is targeted at understanding how individual differences, such as age and gender, can influence behaviors and decisions that lead to significant health outcomes. Through this research she hopes to identify factors that inform intervention development to aid aging men and women with making advantageous health decisions and enhance physician-patient relationships when considering important healthcare decisions. Email: rebecca.delaney@hsc.utah.edu

  • Laurie Grieshober, MA, PhD

    Laurie Grieshober, MA, PhD

    Dr. Grieshober earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Buffalo where she was a pre-doctoral NCI R25 trainee in Interdisciplinary Cancer Epidemiology. Prior to her PhD, Laurie completed an MA in Mathematics at the same institution. Based on her work to date, Laurie brings expertise in telomeres and aging, race/ethnic disparities, and various phenotypes including breast cancer risk and survival as well as sleep duration and quality. By identifying factors associated with disease processes and ‘healthy’ aging, Laurie hopes to reduce the impact and resultant burden of chronic disease. At the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Laurie is working in the lab of Dr. Jen Doherty to develop research projects on lung cancer survivorship, particularly related to anti-PD-1 therapies, and on modifiable factors for ovarian cancer survivorship. Email: Laurie.Grieshober@hci.utah.edu

  • Andreana N. Holowatyj, PhD, GCPHP

    Andreana N. Holowatyj, PhD, GCPHP

    Dr. Holowatyj recently graduated with her PhD in Cancer Biology and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. During her doctoral tenure, she was the recipient of national and international awards where her research focused on the intersection of molecular epidemiology and cancer disparities. She also developed a strong expertise in epigenetics and chromatin modifications in tumorigenesis. At the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the focus of her research in Dr. Ulrich’s group is to elucidate the molecular underpinnings (genome, transcriptome, metabolome, microbiome) of young-onset colorectal cancer using data from ColoCare, FOCUS, MetaboCCC, and other international consortia. In addition, her research work aims to explore the role of folate one-carbon metabolism, NSAID pharmacogenetics, and metabolic syndrome in colorectal cancer prognosis. Andreana was recently awarded a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training Grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute Training in Genomic Medicine program. She is now also pursuing her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Investigation at the School of Medicine. Andreana is also involved with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), including as an invited panelist at the 2017 AACR Congressional Briefing. Email: Holowatyj@hci.utah.edu

  • Trisha Hopkins, PhD

    Trisha Hopkins, PhD

    Dr. Hopkins received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University. Her research focuses on understanding factors that contribute to physical and mental health outcomes in various minority groups. At the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Dr. Hopkins’s research focuses on factors that contribute to smoking cessation in minority groups. She has a particular interest in understanding how mindfulness, self-efficacy, and stress relate to smoking behavior in African Americans. The intention of her research is to determine factors that may reduce smoking in minority groups to reduce smoking-related health inequities. Email: patricia.hopkins@hci.utah.edu

  • Aubrey Jones, PharmD

    Aubrey Jones, PharmD

    Dr. Jones received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado - Denver in Aurora, Colorado. She just completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Anticoagulation Research at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Aubrey’s research is focused on improving quality of care in anticoagulated patients through a variety of approaches including patient self-management, patient education, and methodology for improving the quality of observational research. Through this research she hopes to help provide guidance on how to best take care of these patients, as well as increase the amount of high-quality observational research being performed in these patients. Email address: aubrey.jones@hsc.utah.edu

  • Chesleigh Keene, PhD

    Chesleigh Keene, PhD

    Dr. Keene received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Chesleigh’s research focuses on health disparities, particularly access and barriers to care. Her doctoral research centered on social class and socioeconomic inequalities which extended to her dissertation investigation of the relationship between cultural factors, psychological distress, barriers, and attitudes toward seeking psychological help among members of a Native American tribe. She has a strong investment in producing culturally responsive and culturally responsible research and at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Chesleigh is working with the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) working on projects targeted to eliminate health disparities and inequities for groups who face greater obstacles to health due to social/economic disadvantages. Email: Chesleigh.Keene@hci.utah.edu

  • Lindsey Potter, PhD

    Lindsey Potter, PhD

    Dr. Potter received her PhD in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a NIDA T32 predoctoral fellow in the Prevention and Methodology Center Training program. Lindsey also has a master’s degree in Public Health from Drexel University. Her work focuses on exploring how various forms of stigma and discrimination influence processes giving rise to observed health risks; most notably, health behaviors, stress and affective reactions, and social/interpersonal responses. Her work extends the use of novel methodological (e.g., ecological momentary assessment [EMA]) and statistical (e.g., extensions of multilevel modeling, characterizing multidimensional risk categories) approaches to the discovery of how discrimination may contribute to health disparities. At the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Center for HOPE, Lindsey will be focusing on using more advanced mHealth technologies to add to this body of foundational knowledge to inform the development of just-in-time-adaptive interventions and best-practices for the dissemination of basic research findings into real-world settings. Email address: lindsey.potter@hci.utah.edu

  • Nasser Sharareh, PhD

    Nasser Sharareh, PhD

    Dr. Sharareh received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton, NY. His concentration has been on System Dynamics simulation modeling, GIS mapping, and healthcare policy analysis. He has been involved with several system dynamics modeling transdisciplinary projects and has collaborated with a team of anthropologists, nurses, engineers, and primary care providers to develop models for public health issues such as Lyme disease, Ebola, access to care, and HPV infection. Also, he is the recipient of Systems Science Scholarship from AcademyHealth. Nasser's research focuses on proposing population health interventions to improve health outcomes using simulation modeling and GIS methodology. Email: nasser.sharareh@hsc.utah.edu.