BA, Psychology, DePauw University, 2000
MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, 2002
PhD, Clinical Psychogy, University of Miami, 2006
MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2007
Dr. Weaver is a clinical health psychologist whose research focuses on cancer survivorship. Her current
include health behaviors among cancer survivors and their family caregivers, patterns of follow-up care
cancer survivors, and cancer health disparities.
Her current research projects in the area of smoking cessation among cancer patients include:
1) Health Behaviors and Quality of Life in Lung Cancer Patients and their Family Caregivers- An
observational pilot study to examine smoking and other health behaviors and quality of life outcomes in lung
patient-family caregiver dyads
2) Adapting Smoking Cessation Interventions for the Outpatient Oncology Setting- The goal of this
study is to evaluate an enhanced quitline-based smoking cessation intervention among non-metastatic lung
cancer patients (N=146), currently or recently (within the past 6 months) receiving treatment (surgery,
radiation and/or chemotherapy) in an outpatient setting. This randomized controlled trial is being conducted
through the WF CCOP Research Base is recruiting at participating community clinical oncology programs
throughout the country.
3 Tobacco Use Trajectories and Surgical Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed Head and Neck Cancer Patients
and South Carolina- This pilot study will 1) provide preliminary data to understand the trajectory of
tobacco use in
head and neck cancer patients and the influence of tobacco use on surgical outcomes and 2) build
future interdisciplinary research among clinicians and researchers at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of
Wake Forest University (CCCWFU) and the Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) at the Medical University of
South Carolina (MUSC).
Other survivorship research projects include:
1) Prevalence and health status of cancer survivors in the rural US (1R03CA156641-01: Weaver, PI)
The purpose of
this study is to provide population-based information about the characteristics and health status of adult
survivors who reside in rural areas of the United States using data from the National Health Interview Survey.
characteristics and health status of rural and non-rural adults with cancer will be compared and known risk
for poor health, including physical activity, body mass index, smoking history, socioeconomic status, and
medical care, will be examined.
2) Cancer-related Follow-up Care Experiences of Rural Cancer Survivors (1R03CA157211-
The goal of this pilot grant is to gather preliminary data on the cancer-related follow-up care experiences,
perceived barriers to care, and information needs of cancer survivors residing in rural areas. We will survey
approximately 230 two to five year breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors recruited from an
academic medical center that serves a large rural population.
3 Survivorship Care Planning and Communication for Rural Breast Cancer Survivors
(1R21CA155932-01A1: Geiger, PI)
This goal of this grant is to gather information about rural-, suburban- and urban-residing breast cancer
survivors' needs and preferences for survivorship care planning and communication. Information gathered
from six to 18 months after treatment ends will help us design a model of survivorship care planning and
communication intervention with particular accommodation of the needs and preferences of rural-residing
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