Faculty

Principal 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 19 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, MS, ME.D.

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, 

Perlmutter Cancer Center, 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/Health Psychology

University of South Florida
Post-doctoral Fellowship – Public Health

University of South Florida
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 and Vice Chair of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Fertility Preservation group and a member of the Ethics Committee . She serves as a board member for the Alliance for Fertility Preservation and the Sexual and Gender Minority task force of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Quinn’s research focuses on improving patient/family/clinician 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, Pfizer Education Foundation, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The V Foundation, and LiveStrong. She is the author of over 400 scientific papers and book chapters.

ECHO's Expert Panel

Jennifer Levine, MD

Dr. Levine is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Medical Director of Survivorship and Supportive Care Services, Division of Oncology,

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Childrens National Medical Center, Washington DC

Associate Professor for Clinical Pediatrics,

George Washington University, School of Medicine, Washington DC

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.

Brad Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH

Dr. Zebrack is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Professor,
University of Michigan, School of Social Work

Member,

University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, Cancer Control and Population Sciences.

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.

Jennifer E. Mersereau, MD

Dr. Mersereau is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Medical Director, Shady Grove Fertility, Carolinas

Cary, 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 physician who is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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.

James Klosky, PhD

Dr. Klosky is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine 

Director of Psychology

Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director of Research

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

Graduate School: The University of Memphis

PhD in Clinical Psychology

Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Pediatric Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Psychology

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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.

Brooke Cherven, PhD, MPH, RN

Dr. Cherven is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Nurse Scientist

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 National Institutes of Health, 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 Vice Chair for the Children’s Oncology Group Adolescent and Young Adult Discipline Sexual Health Task Force.  

Natasha Frederick, MD

Dr. Frederick is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Director, Comprehensive Fertility and Sexual Health Program

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Connecticut Children’s

 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

BA, Colgate University
MS, Pace University 
MPH, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health
MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Dr. Frederick (she/her) is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children’s where she is also the director of the Comprehensive Fertility and Sexual Health Program. She is an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Her clinical work focuses on the care of adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer. She is a founding member of the Sexual Health Task Force within the Adolescent and Young Adult Discipline Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group, of which she currently serves as chair.

Her research interests focus on improving communication between oncology clinicians and AYA oncology patients on sexual and reproductive health issues during and after cancer therapy.

Leena Nahata, MD

Dr. Nahata is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH

Medical Director, Fertility and Reproductive Health Program
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Principal Investigator, Nahata Lab
Abigail Wexner Research Institute, Columbus, OH

Medical School, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Pediatrics Residency, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, Boston Children’s Hospital 

Dr. Nahata is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and founder and medical director of the Fertility and Reproductive Health Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As an NIH-funded Principal Investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute, she is leading and collaborating on several clinical research studies focused on improving reproductive and psychosocial outcomes in pediatric populations at risk for infertility. She also contributes to fertility guidelines through multiple national and international organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Initiative Network of the Oncofertility Consortium, Children’s Oncology Group, PanCareLIFE, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. She is the author of over 100 scientific papers and book chapters.

Sharon Bober, PhD

Dr. Bober is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Senior Psychologist,

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Director, Sexual Health Program, Program Psychologist,

Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program

Duquesne University,

B.A. Psychology/Philosophy

Clark University,

M.A. Clinical Psychology

Clark University,

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School,

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare,

Advanced Mental Health Fellowship

Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy,

Advanced Training Fellowship

Dr. Bober is a behavioral health researcher and clinical psychologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School and the Founding Director of the DFCI Sexual Health Program. She is currently also serves as Chair of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, an interdisciplinary network of researchers and clinicians working to promote sexual well-being in women affected by cancer. Dr Bober’s clinical research primarily focuses on sexual health, quality of life and cancer survivorship. She has been a pioneer in developing brief, sexual health interventions for women after cancer as well interventions for women at high-risk for cancer who undergo risk-reducing surgery at a young age. Dr. Bober has also conducted multiple studies illuminating the barriers to addressing sexual health within a variety of health care settings. In addition, Dr. Bober has served on several national and international guideline committees to establish evidence-based guidelines and recommendations for addressing sexual health after cancer. Her research has been funded by the NIH as well as multiple foundations. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Joyce Reinecke, JD

Ms. Reinecke is part of the expert panel for the ECHO Training.

Executive Director of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

BA English and Comparative Literary Studies

Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY

JD Law

Ms. Reinecke is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation and was previously a fertility advisor for LIVESTRONG (a.k.a., the Lance Armstrong Foundation) and a co-founder of Fertile Hope. She is also a member of the Oncofertility Consortium. Ms. Reinecke is the co-author of 100 Questions & Answers About Cancer and Fertility as well as several articles on cancer & fertility. She has also given countless presentations to varied audiences across the country, and collaborated with leading professional and patient organizations to promote dialogue and policy change.

 

Kristen Wells, PhD

Dr. Wells is part of the expert panel as the program evaluation expert of the ECHO Training.

Professor, Department of Psychology

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Appalachian State University 

BA Psychology

Emory University 

MPH Behavioral Sciences

University of South Florida

PhD Clinical Psychology

Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Dr. Wells is an Professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Sciences at San Diego State University and Director of the Cancer Disparities and Cancer Communication Lab and Co-Principal Investigator/Co-Director of HealthLINK Center to advance minority health and health disparities research among racially/ethnically diverse, sexual and gender minority, and lower-income populations using a community-engaged transdisciplinary research approach. Her research focuses on evaluating the quality of healthcare delivered to underserved populations, with a specific specialty in patient navigation and cancer communication. Dr. Wells is an internationally recognized expert in patient navigation. She has developed, implemented, and tested patient navigation interventions to improve care related to cancer (1R21CA161077; R21CA167418; R01CA236034), HIV prevention (R34MH114699), suicide prevention (R61MH120236), and COVID-19 vaccination (1OT2HL156812-01). She also co-leads a project (R01CA239246) to develop a system to capture multi-dimensional complexities of endocrine therapy medication adherence among breast cancer survivors. This system is using data from mobile sensing technologies to understand medication-taking behaviors, predict individual risk factors, and deliver interventions to improve adherence that are needed by the individual at the optimal time, place, and in the optimal context.

Richard Reich, PhD

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

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource Manager

Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

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

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

Dr. Reich has over 25 years of research experience.  His PhD in Experimental Psychopathology has led to two career paths: one as a faculty member in psychology (2005-2016) and another as a biostatistician (2008-present).  Dr. Reich is currently the manager of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource at Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL).  Please see his publication history in Google Scholar.

ECHO's Coordinators

Dona Jalili

Ms. Jalili is the Lead Program Coordinator working on ECHO. She is working at NYULH in the OB/GYN department as part of Dr. Quinn's research team.

Bianca Augusto

Ms. Augusto is currently the ECHO Program Assistant Coordinator. She was the previous Lead Program Coordinator of ECHO and is working as a Senior Research Project Specialist at Moffitt Cancer Center.

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