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Cathy J. Bradley named associate director for cancer prevention and control

Apr 24, 2014

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Cathy J. Bradley, Ph.D., has been appointed the associate director for cancer prevention and control at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center.  Bradley transitions to this new role from her previous appointment as co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Massey.

Cancer prevention and control (CPC) research is research that studies the behavioral, environmental, organizational and policy factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival. CPC research at Massey is focused on the entire cancer continuum, from healthy people (prevention) to individuals who are at the last stages of their battle with this disease (end of life). Current Massey CPC research, for example, is focused on understanding tobacco addiction and its impact; how to improve the delivery of prevention and early detection; how treatment decisions are made and their impact on patients, families and caregivers; and the cognitive, behavioral and contextual conditions that minimize cancer’s burden, including analyses of national and other policies that affect those diagnosed with cancer. A hallmark of Massey’s CPC research is its nationally renowned work on underserved minority populations and the medically indigent, many of whom are served by Massey through the VCU Medical Center, the state’s largest safety net provider. 

As associate director for CPC, Bradley will serve on the cancer center’s Executive Committee and will develop and lead the strategic direction of CPC-related research at Massey. She will collaborate with health services and behavioral scientists as well as laboratory and clinical investigators of the cancer center’s various scientific programs to forge links that bridge the cancer center’s CPC, clinical and basic science research.  She will also focus on opportunities to increase the number of Massey’s CPC researchers, expand its areas of research interest and grow its funding base.

“Dr. Bradley has served Massey exceptionally well as co-leader of the CPC program for the last seven years. She brings valuable expertise and experience to the elevated role of associate director that will no doubt strengthen our CPC research efforts,” said Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center.

“In this new role, I look forward to the expanded opportunity to be creative and innovative in how Massey fosters collaborations to advance CPC research,” Bradley said.

An internationally recognized health economist, Bradley is RGC Professor for Cancer Research and the founding chair of and professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research and interim chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Health at VCU. She is an expert in health and labor market outcomes and studies productivity costs of disease, health insurance, socioeconomic healthcare disparities, safety net providers and care for the uninsured.

Bradley received a Ph.D. in health policy and administration and an M.PA. in public administration from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also holds a B.A. in political science from Old Dominion University.  

Written by: Jenny Owen

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