Dr. Susan Vadaparampil’s academic training includes a Bachelor of Health Science Education from the University of Florida (UF), a Master in Health Science Education with a concentration in Community Health from UF, a doctorate in Health Behavior from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. She joined the Moffitt faculty after completing postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute. Her research uses a combination of behavioral science, epidemiology, health services, and clinical perspectives to improve dissemination and uptake of new cancer prevention and control innovations into clinical practice and the community. Her work is influenced by transdisciplinary collaboration, focused on health disparities, and contributes to both the scientific literature and clinical practice. She has been funded since 2006 through research grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Vadaparampil has published over 200 scientific manuscripts. She serves as the Co-Program Director for Moffitt’s Behavioral Oncology Post Doctoral Training Program. Dr. Vadaparampil is also the Associate Center Director of Community Outreach, Engagement, & Equity.
Dr. Fuzzell obtained her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University, and completed a T32 Cancer Prevention and Control post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests center on health communication, particularly in the context of adolescent and young adult sexual health, as well as adolescent and adult chronic illness. Dr. Fuzzell works on many of Dr. Vadaparampil’s research studies, focusing on projects related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, genetic counseling and testing, HPV, and Hepatitis C in baby boomers. She contributes to analysis, manuscript writing, and grant preparation. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, finding recipes and cooking delicious meals, and yoga.
Bianca graduated summa cum laude in May 2012 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She has been working with Dr. Vadaparampil since 2014 where she has been the coordinator on multiple studies focused on enhancing health-related quality of life and increasing uptake of genetic counseling/testing for women with breast and ovarian cancer. Currently Bianca is working on an R25 entitled "Enriching Communication Skills for Health Professionals in Oncofertility (ECHO)". ECHO is a web-based training program that includes psychosocial, biological, clinical, and skill building modules to help allied health professionals (physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and psychologists) communicate timely and relevant information regarding reproductive health issues (e.g., fertility, sexuality, body image) to their adolescent and young adult oncology patients. Bianca loves running and in her spare time enjoys competing in 5K races with family and friends.
Laura Moreno is a research coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa FL, and a second year genetic counseling student at the University of South Florida (USF). As a research coordinator she helps coordinate the ARBOLES training online portion of the program along with other studies related to the Hispanic community. Ms. Moreno will obtain her Masters in Genetic Counseling in 2020, and is interested in the area of cancer and health disparities.
Jenny graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with her Bachelors of Arts and in 2018 she received her Master of Arts in Psychology from Touro College. Jenny joined Moffitt in 2012 as a Research Assistant for the BEST (Black Women: Etiology and Survival of Triple-negative Breast Cancers) Study. Since then Jenny has worked on various projects including The Inherited Cancer Registry, Genetic Counseling and Testing in Hispanic women, Identifying Barriers and Facilitators of HPV vaccination among Latino adolescents. Most recently Jenny has joined the U54 Ponce Health Sciences University and Moffitt Cancer Center Partnership as Outreach Coordinator. In her spare time she enjoys working out, hanging with friends, reading, binge watching tv shows, and spending quality time with her niece and nephew.
Jessica McIntyre is the Evaluation Manager for a Comprehensive Partnership to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE) between the Ponce Health Sciences University and Moffitt Cancer Center. She also supports the Partnership’s Outreach Core led by Dr. Vadaparampil, and served the role of Program Coordinator for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from The University of South Florida and graduate coursework in Adult Education with an emphasis on Planning and Evaluation. She is currently perusing graduate course work on program evaluation from Michigan State University. She has extensive work experience with underserved/underprivileged populations in the areas of program planning and development, health promotion education and outreach. She assisted in the development and transcreation of Spanish-language cancer education materials and has led several research studies focused on cancer health disparities, cancer genetics, patient-physician communication, qualitative and survey research methods. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two sons and spouse, cooking, and traveling.
McKenzie is currently enrolled in USF’s MPH program with a concentration in Applied Biostatistics. She enjoys reading and drinking tea, but she also love being outdoors and exploring new places!
Paige obtained her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Education from the University of South Florida. She is currently a Doctoral student at the University of South Florida College of Public Health with a concentration in both Community & Family Health and Applied Biostatistics. She has worked with Dr. Vadaparampil since 2014 on several different projects focused on examining how physician, systems, and patient-level factors influence HPV vaccination uptake among adolescents. She has also worked on projects focused on understanding fertility preservation discussions and decisions between Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer patients and providers and a project focused on understanding psychosocial outcomes among Black breast cancer patients. Her role on these projects is primarily focused on data analysis-both qualitative and quantitative, qualitative interviewing, and manuscript writing.
Raavi graduated in May 2018 from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and four business minors. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health in Healthcare Organization and Management from the University of South Florida. Raavi aims to someday work in a big hospital setting as part of the leadership team to help make a difference in patient lives. When she is not working or studying, Raavi enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring the Tampa community and spending quality time with her friends and family, and her puppy, Tito.
Waleska is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida’s MPH program where she concentrated in Global Health Practice and Epidemiology. As a Research Coordinator, Waleska is helping coordinate an R25 called "Enriching Communication Skills for Health Professionals in Oncofertility (ECHO)". ECHO is a web-based training program that includes psychosocial, biological, clinical, and skill building modules to help allied health professionals (physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and psychologists) communicate timely and relevant information regarding reproductive health issues (e.g., fertility, sexuality, body image) to their adolescent and young adult oncology patients. In her free time she enjoys traveling and reading new books.