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Current Trainees

Lisa Auster-Gussman, PhD

 

lisaheadshot2019.jpgLisa Auster-Gussman, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Preventative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research centers on psychosocial predictors of cancer prevention behaviors such as diet and physical activity. Her focus is on prediction of and the examination of interventions for behavior change, specifically for obesity-related cancers. Her goal is to reduce individuals’ cancer risk as well as to decrease symptom burden and improve quality of life for individuals who already have been diagnosed with cancer. Lisa completed a BA in psychology at University of Richmond in 2013. She received her PhD in Social Psychology in 2019 from the University of Minnesota where her work focused on the relation of individual’s beliefs about their weight to psychological and behavioral health outcomes as well as on scale development in body-weight beliefs and mindset.

Christine Jovanovic, PhD, MPH

 jovanovic_christine.jpgChristine Jovanovic, MPH, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Preventitive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a practice-based researcher whose primary goal is to investigate how best to support and encourage population-level improvements in multiple pro-health behaviors across diverse populations.  With support from Drs. Bonnie Spring (primary mentor) and Angela Pfammatter (secondary mentor),  Christine is interested in how multi-level factors (individual, cultural, societal) can be leveraged via mHealth interventions and machine learning to influence multiple health behaviors, and can lead to effective promotion of pro-health diets and physical activity. Christine received her MPH (2016) and PhD (2020) from the University of Texas School of Public Health where her work on multiple grant projects engaged with ethnically diverse populations to evaluate community-level determinants of health, utilizing a theoretical framework to understand barriers, analyze data and detect opportunities to improve multiple health outcomes.

Faiza Kalam, PhD, MS

 kalam_faiza.jpgFaiza Kalam is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Preventative Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Her primary research interests include intermittent fasting with a special focus on weight management, obesity, metabolic disease risk, and cancer, specifically obesity-related cancers. She is currently working with Drs. Bonnie Spring (primary mentor) and Linda Van Horn (secondary mentor) on her project that focuses on the efficacy of using technology in fasting, weight management, and cancer prevention.  Dr. Kalam completed a BS in Nutrition and Food Science at University of Kalamoon in Syria, an MS program at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan, and a PhD in Human Nutrition at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Alyssa Van Denburg, PhD, MA

 vandenburg_alyssa.jpgAlyssa Van Denburg, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NCI-funded T32 Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Van Denburg’s research is focused on developing and testing brief behavioral interventions for pain and related symptoms. Specifically, she is interested in interventions for patients with cancer and other chronic diseases that could be easily accessed and disseminated in medical settings. She is currently working with Christine Rini, PhD (primary mentor) and Betina Yanez, PhD (secondary mentor) on projects evaluating an internet-based pain coping skills training program for cancer survivors, an expressive writing intervention for stem cell transplant recipients, and a mindfulness-based e-health intervention for breast cancer survivors. Dr. Van Denburg earned her BA in Psychology from Kenyon College and MA in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship at Yale University School of Medicine in the Behavioral Medicine Service Track and earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University in 2020.
 

Faculty placements of former post-doctoral fellows

Elizabeth Addington, PhD., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Sharon Baik, PhD, City of Hope

Laura Bouchard, PhD., Moffitt Cancer Center

Laura Finch, PhD., University of Chicago

Rina Fox, PhD., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kara Gavin, PhD., University of Wisconsin Medical School

Annie Lin, PhD, RD, Benedictine University

Patty Moreno, PhD., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Karly M. Murphy, PhD, Wake Forest University

David Press, PhD, MPhil, Genentech

Steven Schuetz, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Tammy Stump, PhD., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Marcia Tan, PhD., University of Chicago  

Whitney Welch, PhD., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

 

 

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