Faculty

Principle Investigators

Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, MPH

Dr. Vadaparampil serves as MPI of ECHO Training Program. In this role, she shares responsibility with Dr. Quinn to provide administrative and scientific leadership as well as oversee the overall management of the training program.

Associate Center Director of Community Outreach, Engagement, & Equity,
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Senior Member, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Division of Population Science
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Professor, Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
BS Health Science Education

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
MHSE Public Health Education

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
PhD Health Behavior

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
MPH Epidemiology

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Postdoc Cancer Prevention

Over the past 17 years, Dr. Vadaparampil (she/her) has developed a research program applying behavioral science, epidemiology, health services, and clinical perspectives to improve utilization of cancer prevention and control innovations across the cancer continuum. Her work has been influenced by transdisciplinary collaboration, focused on health disparities, and contributed to both the scientific literature and clinical practice. She applies these perspectives to several at risk groups including racial /ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, individuals at increased risk for inherited cancer susceptibility, adolescent and young adults, and individuals at risk for cancers related to HPV and HCV infection. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 2018, Dr. Vadaparampil has served as Moffitt’s Associate Center Director of Community Outreach, Engagement, & Equity. Through each of these roles she works to ensure that advances in research and clinical care reach the patients and community members in our local area, the state and nation.

Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, MPH

Dr. Quinn serves as MPI of ECHO Training Program. In this role, she shares responsibility with Dr. Vadaparampil to provide administrative and scientific leadership as well as oversee the overall management of the training program.

Livia Wan Endowed Chair and Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York University, New York, NY

Professor, Departments of Population Health and Division of Medical Ethics, New York University, New York, NY

Florida State University
BS Child Development/ Family Relations

Florida State University
MS Educational Psychology

Florida State University
Cert Program Evaluation

Florida State University
Phd Educational Psychology

Florida State University
Cert Biomedical Ethics

 

Dr. Quinn (she/her) is the Livia Wan MD Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research at New York University in the Department of OB-GYN and professor in the departments of Population Health and the Division of Medical Ethics and a senior member of the Perlmutter Cancer Center. She is a fellow in the New York Academy of Science and Medicine and the New York Obstetrical Society. She serves as a board member for the Alliance for Fertility Preservation and the SGM task force of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Quinn’s research focuses on improving patient/family/physician communication through examination of barriers and benefits of health care use and access from multi- stakeholder perspectives and mixed methods approaches. Her current research and training efforts are in the areas of: reproductive health and ethics, sexual and gender minorities, and fertility preservation, quality of life issues in pediatric, adolescent & young adult and LGBTQ+ cancer populations, and cancer clinical trials (including minority barriers to participation); and training researchers to conduct research with high risk populations. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, The American Cancer Society, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The V Foundation, and LiveStrong. She is the author of over 300 scientific papers and book chapters.

ECHO's Expert Panel

Akanksha Mehta, MD, MS

Dr. Mehta is the content creator of the Reproductive Health in Male AYA Patients: Fertility and Fertility Preservation module.

Professor, Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Brown University, Providence, RI
BA/BS Biology | International Relations

Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
MD Medicine
Residency Urology

Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY
Fellowship Male Infertility and Microsurgery
MS Clinical Research

 

Dr. Mehta specializes in men’s health and cancer survivorship care, including the preservation and treatment of fertility and sexual function. Dr. Mehta’s clinical and research interests lie in the area of male reproductive medicine, sexual medicine, and microsurgery. She is a member of the American Urologic Association, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, American Society of Andrology, Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction. Dr. Mehta serves as the Director of Male Reproductive Health at Emory, and is a Guest Research in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and Urology residents. She has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications, and has presented at both regional and national meetings.

Brad Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH

Dr. Zebrack serves as the Social Work content expert for ECHO.

Professor,
University of Michigan, School of Social Work

Member of University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Social Behavioral Program

Fulbright Scholar, 2017

University of California, Los Angeles, CA
BA Sociology

University of California, Berkeley, CA
MPH Community Health Education

University of California, Berkeley, CA
MSW

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
PHD Social Work and Sociology

Dr. Brad Zebrack is Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Rogel Cancer Center, Health Behavior and Outcomes Research program. Dr. Zebrack’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of health, medicine, cancer survivorship and quality of life. He is particularly interested in the effects of cancer on the human growth and development of adolescents and young adults. His research has been funded over the past 25 years by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Livestrong, and Hope Lab Foundation. Dr. Zebrack has clinical social work experience in both pediatric and adult oncology, and currently serves on the medical advisory boards of several cancer support programs, including Triage Cancer, the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, First Descents, and the Cancer Support Community of Southeast Michigan.

Caprice Knapp, PhD

Dr. Knapp is a member of the ECHO Curriculum Evaluation Team.

Senior Lecturer/Research Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration
Penn State

Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow
2017-2018

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Bachelor of Arts, Economics

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Master of Arts, Economics

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
PhD, Economics

Dr. Knapp is an applied economist whose areas of specialization include examining the quality of care and expenditure patterns for children and adolescents in vulnerable populations. Dr. Knapp’s research interests include outcomes and behaviors for children with special health care needs and their families with a focus on vulnerable populations including investigating models of care that are more effective and integrated systems that can be implemented to improve care as well as child and maternal outcomes in developing countries.

Cathy Meade, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cathy Meade is a member of the ECHO Training Program Advisory Panel.

Senior Member
Population Science, Health Outcomes & Behavior
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Professor
University of South Florida, Department of Oncologic Sciences, College of Medicine, Tampa, FL

Professor
University of South Florida, Courtesy Adjunct Appointment, College of Nursing, Tampa, FL

Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
BSN, Nursing Science

University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago, IL
MSN, Nursing Science

University of Illinois, Chicago IL
PhD, Nursing Science

Dr. Meade is a registered nurse and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was one of first nurse investigators to conduct studies in the area of patient understanding identifying the mismatch between a patient’s reading level and the reading level of health information. Practical aspects of this work have been published widely to help health professionals and nurses develop easy-to-understand patient educational tools and interventions. Dr. Meade has served on a number of National Cancer Institute work groups on Cancer and Literacy and Informed Consent in Cancer Clinical Trials for increasing awareness of the impact of literacy in health care. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Health Literacy Committee, which produced the 2004 report titled “Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion.” Her research and education interests primarily centers on developing culturally and literacy relevant cancer communications, developing sustainable community outreach initiatives, and creating cancer training programs to increase the number of underrepresented scientists. As a community-minded researcher, several funded projects exemplify her work that take into account culture, language and literacy for impacting health disparities.

Clement Gwede, PhD, MPH, RN

Dr. Gwede is a member of the ECHO Training Program Advisory Panel.

Associate Member, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Division of Population Science
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Associate Professor, Oncologic Sciences
College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Associate Director, Moffitt Diversity
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Harare Hospital School of Nursing, Harare Zimbabwe
RN, Nursing

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK
BSN, Health Education

University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, FL
MPH, Health Education and Promotion

Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
Fellowship, Cancer Control: Cancer, Culture, and Literacy

Dr. Clement Gwede received training as a registered nurse (RN) in Zimbabwe before coming to the United States where he completed his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in public health education. His research in the area of health outcomes and behavior in cancer is funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACSD). He is Principal Investigator (PI) or Multiple PI for grants focused on understanding and reducing health disparities through culturally targeted patient- centered interventions delivered via small media or by community health advisors. His research seeks also to improve quality of life and ameliorate cancer treatment related symptoms. Dr. Gwede has used mixed qualitative and quantitative research, and community- based participatory research (CBPR) methods of engaging community members in research. In the area of training he is MPI on the NCI- dunded Community Network Program Center (CNPC) Grant involving a Community Based Participatory Research Training Institute (CBPRTI) for junior behavioral researchers. He serves as mentor in an R25 Training Program in Behavioral Oncology (for post- doctoral fellows) at Moffitt.

James Klosky, PhD

Dr. Klosky is a member of the ECHO Training Program Advisory Panel as well as Psychologist content expert.

Acting Professor and Director of Psychology
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Psychologist
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Fertility Preservation Team

University of Memphis, TN
MS, Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology University of Memphis, TN
PhD, Pediatric Psychology

Dr. James Klosky is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is the Director of Psychology within the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and serves as the psychologist on CHOA’s Fertility Preservation Team. Dr. Klosky’s professional activities have broadly centered on behavior-based cancer prevention and control among survivors of childhood cancer, and his extramurally-funded research program has focused in the areas of fertility preservation, risky sexual behavior, and HPV vaccination. As the Founder and Co-Director of the Fertility Preservation Clinic at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dr. Klosky has 20+ years of experience providing clinical care to pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients, and actively works on committees to develop national and international guidelines for fertility preservation among at-risk youth.

Jennifer Levine, MD

Dr. Levine is the Oncologist clinical content expert as well as creator of the module: Reproductive Health in Pre-Pubertal Pediatric Patients.

Clinical Assistant Attending Pediatrician
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY

Amherst College, Amherst, MA
BA, Psychology

Hunter College, New York, NY
MSW, Social Work

Columbia University, New York, NY
MD, Medicine

Columbia University, New York, NY
MSc, Biostatistics, Patient Oriented Research

 

Dr. Levine is a board-certified pediatric hematologist-oncologist with a goal of curing cancer, one child at a time. In addition to supportive care, she specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with leukemia. Dr. Levine has a special interest in the effects of chemotherapy on fertility, with a research focus on identifying patients most at risk of impaired fertility so they can be offered fertility-preserving approaches. As the medical ability to treat childhood cancers successfully continues to improve, the Division is seeing more patients growing into adulthood and living productive lives. Dr. Levine directs the team that provides long-term follow-up care for survivors of childhood and adolescent cancers. For those who may not survive, she works to enhance the delivery of palliative care and to improve end-of-life services for patients, as well as the staff members who provide that care.

Jennifer E. Mersereau, MD

Jennifer Mersereau is the medical content advisor for ECHO as well as content creator of the module: Reproductive Health in Female AYA Patients: Fertility and Fertility Preservation.

Associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
MD, Medical Degree

Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center, Chicago, IL
MD, Residency in OB/GYN

University of California, San Francisco, CA
Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Jennifer Mersereau, MD, MSCI is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, and Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  Her clinical interests include fertility preservation, general infertility, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian disease. Her research interests have led to an extended exploration of comprehension and decision-making in fertility preservation.

Brooke Cherven, PhD, MPH, RN

Dr. Cherven serves as the Nurse content expert for ECHO.

Pediatric Oncology Nurse
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
BSN, Nursing

Emory University, Atlanta, GA
MPH, Public Health

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
PhD, Nursing

Dr. Cherven is a pediatric oncology nurse with expertise in adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship and fertility preservation. She has over 18 years of clinical experience working within the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she helped develop the center’s pediatric Fertility Preservation Program. Dr. Cherven’s research focuses on reproductive and sexual health among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and has been funded by the American Cancer Society and the Children’s Oncology Group Nursing Discipline. She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications in the field of adolescent and young adult oncology, survivorship, and reproductive health. She is a member of the Oncofertility Consortium Pediatric Initiative Network and the Children’s Oncology Group Adolescent and Young Adult Discipline Sexual Health Task Force.  

Julie Messina, PA-C

Julie Messina serves as the Physician Assistant content expert for ECHO.

Physician Assistant
Rocky Mountain Cancer Center

Physician Assistant
CHOC Children’s Hospital

Adjunct faculty
Rocky Vista University

California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
BS, Health Science

Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona
Physician Assistant

Julie Messina is a physician assistant who has worked in an academic, research and clinical setting in the field of oncology for the past 17 years. She is currently working in Hematology Oncology at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and an adjunct faculty at Rocky Vista University teaching PA students. In addition, she continues to enjoy working per diem at CHOC Childrens Hospital. 

Julie is passionate about fertility preservation and was first inspired to work in this field by her experience at the University of California Medical Center with young adults patients during their survivorship. During her career she has been an active leader on the fertility preservation team at CHOC Childrens Hospital. Julie knows that with exciting advances in chemotherapy and targeted therapies, more patients are cured, and with that comes the importance of meaningful survivorship. Julie currently resides in Colorado with her family and is actively involved in the oncofertility consortium, an international, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors.

Kristine Donovan, PhD

Dr. Donovan is a member of the ECHO Training Program Advisory Panel as well as content creator for the module: AYA Psychosocial Issues.

Associate Member, Department of Supportive Care; Medicine, Health Outcomes and Behavior Program
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
MBA, Marketing

University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
MA, Medical Psychology

University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
PhD, Medical Psychology

Dr. Donovan am an Associate Member in the Supportive Care Medicine Department at the Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) with an active psycho-oncology practice and program of clinical research in psychosocial and supportive oncology. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains a clinical practice that complements and fortifies her research. She provide psychological services to patients and families with a focus on the physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. She is also the identified provider of psychological services to the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program and the MCC Survivorship Clinic, positions wherein she provide evidence-based interventions to assist AYA patients and long-term survivors in the management of late and long-terms effects of treatment.

Marcia Grant, RN, DNSc, FAAN

Marcia is a member of the ECHO Training Program Advisory Panel.

Retired, Distinguished Professor, Nursing Research and Education
City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 
BS, Nursing Science

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 
MSN, Nursing Science

University of California, San Francisco, CA 
PhD, Physiological Nursing

Marcia has significant expertise in the current developments in cancer survivorship care, having recently completed training of 402 health professionals from 201 cancer centers across the United States. The education was broad, and included development of cancer survivorship activity goals, to be implemented at each of these cancer centers. In addition, Marcia recently co-edited an issue of Seminars in Oncology Nursing on sexuality and will use her background in cancer survivorship education, R25 training development, and curriculum evaluation as a co-leader of the Evaluation Advisory Committee for our oncology nurse training program.

Rebecca Block, PhD

Dr. Block is a member of the ECHO Training Program Advisory Panel as well as content creator for the module: Communication for Mental Health Professionals.

Vice President, Research and Analytics
MNR Analytics

Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
MSW, Social Work

Portland State University, Portland, OR
PhD, Social Research

Dr. Block brings deep knowledge of the patient experience through the care continuum and how to improve it. Dr. Block develops innovative methodologies to study the patient perspective in the context of the broader health network and then applies that knowledge to make the treatment process work better for patients and providers. Dr. Block served as Director of Research and Advocacy with Critical Mass: Young Adult Cancer Alliance. As a social scientist with a clinical social work background, she has studied psychosocial outcomes, healthcare delivery and mental health in a population-health context.
The synergy of life experience, clinical and research skills and connection to social and professional communities is at the heart of Dr. Block’s work.

Richard Reich, PhD

Dr. Reich is our statistician and member of the ECHO Evaluation Team.

Retired, Distinguished Professor, Nursing Research and Education
City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
MS, Clinical Psychology

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
PhD, Experimental Psychopathology

Marcia has significant expertise in the current developments in cancer survivorship care, having recently completed training of 402 health professionals from 201 cancer centers across the United States. The education was broad, and included development of cancer survivorship activity goals, to be implemented at each of these cancer centers. In addition, Marcia recently co-edited an issue of Seminars in Oncology Nursing on sexuality and will use her background in cancer survivorship education, R25 training development, and curriculum evaluation as a co-leader of the Evaluation Advisory Committee for our oncology nurse training program.

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