Cancer Population Sciences Co-Leaders

Dejana Braithwaite, Ph.D.

Dejana Braithwaite, Ph.D., is associate director for population science at the UF Health Cancer Center and serves as a professor in the department of epidemiology and the department of aging and geriatric research. In the role of associate director for population sciences, Dr. Braithwaite joins the executive leadership of the Cancer Center and further develops the strategic goals of addressing the cancer burden of our region through expansion of research in cancer population sciences.

Dejana Braithwaite | Ph.D.

Dr. Braithwaite will establish an innovative cancer population laboratory in collaboration with cancer advocacy and community advisory groups, with a strong focus on the epidemiology of cancer, particularly in regards to the aging and underserved populations of North Central Florida.

Since 2017, Dr. Braithwaite has led the cancer screening group at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., where she strengthened transdisciplinary collaborations, built an innovative program and helped accelerate cancer education and training initiatives. From 2007 to 2017, Dr. Braithwaite was an in-residence professor and head of the screening and early detection area of concentration in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Braithwaite’s research, supported by numerous National Cancer Institute and foundation-funded grants, focuses on the nexus of cancer and aging, particularly in relation to generating epidemiologic evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for breast and lung cancers in older adults.

Building upon the exceptional infrastructure for aging and geriatric research at the University of Florida, Dr. Braithwaite will work to advance research on geroscience in the context of cancer and enable infrastructure to support the discovery and development of effective strategies to meet the needs of older adults at risk for or diagnosed with cancer in North and Central Florida and beyond. Florida is home to the highest proportion of older adults aged 75 and older in the United States.

Dr. Braithwaite received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Janice L. Krieger, Ph.D.

Dr. Krieger has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles related to her research expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating translational communication interventions in health and science contexts. She serves as a PI and co-I on several large grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Janice L. Krieger | Ph.D.

Her research has garnered more than $10 million in grant funding. Dr. Krieger serves on the Editorial Board of Health Communication and the Journal of Health Communication and is chair of the Intergroup Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association.

Dr. Krieger also co-directs the Recruitment Center at the UF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. In this role, she promotes research designed to improve awareness, understanding, and informed decision-making about clinical research participation. Dr. Krieger is also the co-director of the Dissemination Core of the UF Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORNet), where she provides expertise on the effective use of communication in dissemination science activities. She directs an advanced undergraduate research experience course each semester and teaches a doctoral-level seminar on Translational Communication Science each Spring.