Cancer Control and Population Sciences Co-Leaders

Dejana Braithwaite, PhD, MSc

Dejana Braithwaite, PhD, MSc

Associate Director for Cancer Population Sciences , UF Health Cancer Center
Department: MD-SURGERY-SURGONC-BMSE
Phone: (352) 294-5822
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 103633
GAINESVILLE DC 32610
Accomplishments:
  • Inductee
    2017 · Royal Society of Medicine (UK)
  • Member, Expert Panel
    2015 · National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, National Cancer Policy Forum
  • Mentored Research Scholar Award
    2012-2017 · American Cancer Society
  • Career Catalyst Award
    2011-2014 · Susan Komen Foundation
  • Junior Investigator Award
    2011 · National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, University of California, San Francisco
  • Junior Investigator Award
    2010 · Academic Senate, University of California, San Francisco
  • Hellman Foundation Award for Early Career Faculty
    2009 · University of California, San Francisco
  • Developmental Award
    2009 · NIH Bay Area Breast Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE)
  • Cancer Prevention Research Fellowship (1 awarded nationally in the United States)
    2007 · Prevent Cancer Foundation/American Society for Preventive Oncology
  • Scholar-in-Training Award
    2003 · American Association for Cancer Research, Frontiers in Cancer Prevention
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship (2 awarded nationally in the United Kingdom)
    2000 · Cancer Research U.K.
Research Summary:

Dr. Braithwaite’s research is focused on the intersection of cancer and aging, with the overarching goal of advancing and applying knowledge about aging to cancer population science. The overall goal is to encourage a more individualized approach to cancer screening and care among older adults.

Dr. Braithwaite has extensive experience, expertise, and leadership in large-scale multi-disciplinary NIH-funded efforts of breast and lung cancer screening, risk factors and outcomes, including the R01 Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC), R01 Personalized Lung Cancer Screening Network (PLuS), P50 UCSF Breast Cancer SPORE and P30 UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. As PI or investigator on several of these grants, she has developed cohorts of individuals at risk for invasive cancer and developed comprehensive databases that include pathologic, clinical, biomarker, and risk factor data, as well as follow-up for subsequent disease and death. She has performed multiple epidemiologic studies where she was able to stratify older adults at risk for or diagnosed with cancer into distinct health categories associated with substantially different life expectancies. These studies have been cited by guideline panels, such as the American Cancer Society, the US Preventive Service Taskforce and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Currently, she leads two large multi-site projects that integrate longitudinal cohort data with simulation modeling to determine the benefits and harms of screening for breast and lung cancers in older adults across the levels of advancing age, comorbid conditions and functional status. This work is poised to inform precision screening policy and clinical decision making among older population subgroups for whom the net benefits of screening are currently highly uncertain.

Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2022 ACTIVE
    Risk of adverse cardiovascular events in breast cancer patients receiving systemic adjuvant therapy: impact of comorbidity burden
    FL BREAST CANCER FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2022 ACTIVE
    University of Florida Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Other
  • Sep 2021 ACTIVE
    Comorbidity and Screening Outcomes Among Older Women Undergoing Mammography
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2021 ACTIVE
    Personalized screening for lung cancer: the importance of co-existing chronic conditions to clinical practice and policy
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2020 ACTIVE
    The benefits and harms of lung cancer screening in Florida
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Co-Investigator
Education:
  • 2017-2021
    Fellow, Epidemiology and Public Health
    Royal Society of Medicine
  • 2006-2008
    Cancer Prevention Fellow
    American Society of Preventive Oncology/Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 2006-2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health and Community
    University of California, San Francisco
  • 2004-2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Epidemiology
    Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2004-2006
    Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Institute for Health Policy Studies
    University of California, San Francisco
  • 2000-2004
    Fellow in Health Outcomes Research
    Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, England and Cancer Research
  • 2000-2004
    Ph.D., Epidemiology
    University of Cambridge, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, England
  • 1998-1999
    M.Sc. (high honors), Public Health
    University College London/Kings College, England
  • 1995-1998
    B.Sc. (high honors), Psychology and Psychobiology
    London Guildhall University, England
Janice Raup-Krieger

Janice Raup-Krieger

Professor
Department: CJC-ADVERTISING
Phone: (352) 273-0240
Mailing Address:
PO Box 118400
College of Journalism and Communications
GAINESVILLE FL 326118400
Physical Address:
1885 STADIUM RD
WEIMER HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Research Interests: Behavioral determinants of cancer; cancer communication; cancer information; cancer prevention; cancer survivorship; health disparities

Dr. Krieger is communication scientist, with expertise in cancer communication, precision messaging, and health information technology. Her research focuses on the novel application of virtual health assistants to improve patient outcomes. This work has won several awards, including UF Invention of the Year (2021) and the Society for Public Health Education Technology Award (2020). Dr. Krieger directs the STEM Translational Communication Center (STCC), a center dedicated to the development and dissemination of translational communication interventions. She is also co-program leader for the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at the UF Cancer Center and co-director of the Recruitment Center at the UF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Dr. Krieger currently leads two large NIH-funded trials examining the benefits of virtual human technology for improving cancer screening and clinical trial enrollment among underrepresented populations. Dr. Krieger also contributes her expertise in communication science to other major NIH and PCORI-funded initiatives, including the University of Florida Center for Advancing Minority Pain & Aging Science (CAMPAS). Dr. Krieger participates in many initiatives designed to enhance community engagement with research at UF and throughout the state and has a key role in shaping our university-wide communication strategy for cancer prevention and recruiting participants to clinical research.

Research Interests:
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cancer prevention
  • Clinical Trial Interventions
  • Disparities in cancer outcomes
  • Health Communication
Publications:
Grants:
  • Mar 2022 ACTIVE
    Patient-Centered Equity Enhancements to Reduce Disproportionate Unmet Mental Health Need of African American Children
    PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2021 ACTIVE
    Tailoring Recruitment Communication using Virtual Human Technology to Increase Participation of Older Minority Adults in Clinical Trials
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    University of Florida Resource Center for Minority Aging Research
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Other
  • Sep 2018 ACTIVE
    Sparking Advancements in Genomic Medicine?
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHGRI · Project Manager
  • Aug 2018 – May 2021
    Henry and Eugenia Graham Professional Development Fund for Science/Health Communication
    UF FOUNDATION · Project Manager
  • Aug 2018 – Aug 2020
    Precision message approaches to combating late stage COPD diagnosis among rural adults
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Other
  • Apr 2018 – Jul 2019
    Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
  • Jan 2018 – Jul 2018
    NCI SPRINT Program Application, Team Name: CRC Screening Team
    VENTUREWELL · Principal Investigator
  • Apr 2017 – Jun 2021
    OoR CTSI Institutional Matching Support
    UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager
  • Apr 2017 – Mar 2018
    Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCATS · Project Manager
  • Feb 2017 ACTIVE
    A patient-centered intervention using virtual technology to reduce colorectal cancer disparities in primary care
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2016 – Aug 2018
    Developing an Interactive eHealth Literacy Instrument for Patients with COPD
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Other
  • Jul 2016 – Aug 2018
    DEVELOPING AND PILOT TESTING A PATIENT-CENTERED INTERVENTIONUSING VIRTUAL HUMANS TO INCREASE COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING
    UF DSR OPPORTUNITY FUND · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2015 – Mar 2019
    OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium Phase II
    PATIENT-CENTERED OUTCOMES RES INST · Project Manager
  • Sep 2015 – Aug 2019
    An Interactive Patient-Centered Consent for Research Using Medical Records
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Co-Investigator
  • Sep 2015 – Sep 2021
    lmpact of a Minority Prostate Cancer {MiCaP} Research Digest in Translating Scientific Discovery into Public Health and Community Applications
    US ARMY MED RES ACQUISITION · Project Manager
  • Jul 2015 – Nov 2021
    HINKLEY CENTER APPROPRIATION
    FL DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECT · Project Manager
  • Apr 2015 – Jun 2021
    Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
    UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager
  • Feb 2015 ACTIVE
    UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Project Grants funded through the Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program
    UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Project Manager
Education:
  • 2007
    PhD, Communication Arts and Sciences
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2001
    MA, Speech Communication
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1999
    BA, Spanish
    Indiana Wesleyan University
  • 1999
    BA, Communication
    Indiana Wesleyan University