Victoria L. Champion, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Associate Director of Population Science Research

Victoria Champion

Victoria Champion serves as the associate director of population science research. Her responsibilities include scientific and administrative oversight of the cancer center’s population science research programs and all community engagement programs. The Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPC) also falls under her direct supervision. The themes of the CPC program include prevention, early detection and survivorship. Consistent with the mission of the IU Simon Cancer Center, the overall goal of the CPC program is to reduce the morbidity (rate of incidence) and mortality (death rate) of cancer. Dr. Champion is responsible for maintaining research development of CPC members and fostering the continued development of population science research programs and transdisciplinary collaborations. Work of the CPC program includes interdisciplinary and interprogrammatic collaborations within the IU Simon Cancer Center, with other national cancer centers and with global partners.

Dr. Champion is the Edward W. and Sara Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair at the IU School of Nursing and a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University. She also directs the Symptom Center of the Mary Margaret Walther Program.

Her research career has spanned almost 30 years, focusing on three primary areas:

  1. Tailored interactive intervention programs to increase screening for both breast and colorectal cancer
  2. Use of technology to develop and deliver interventions with the intent of increasing accessibility for underserved populations
  3. Cancer survivorship, which includes the study of symptoms and symptom burden in cancer survivors

She pioneered the development of instruments based on Health Belief Model constructs to measure benefits and barriers to breast cancer screening as well as breast cancer fear. She has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Nursing Research and the American Cancer Society. Outcomes of her research demonstrate strong effects of interactive and tailored interventions to increase adoption of cancer screening. She has focused on testing a variety of tailored and nontailored interventions to increase mammography screening participation and adherence. Dr. Champion’s work in measurement and breast cancer screening has been internationally used by researchers and has influenced best practices for developing community programs. Dr. Champion has also collaborated with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group to lead a large, five-year study to identify quality of life indicators for women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 45 or younger and those diagnosed between ages 55 and 70.

Nationally, she has served on many NIH study sections and was appointed by President Bush to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board. She will remain on that board until 2014. She was instrumental in developing the Indiana Cancer Consortium, which now includes more than 150 participating organizations throughout Indiana.

Her service experience includes being a permanent member and chair of the American Cancer Society behavioral review group, a member of the Community-Level Health Promotion study section, a site reviewer for P01s and cancer centers as well as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous study sections. She has served as a member of the Department of Defense breast cancer integration panel and received a presidential appointment to the CDC Executive Committee for breast and cervical cancer. She is currently an external consultant for three R25T grants.

Dr. Champion received the Irwin Research Award in 2007, and in 2013, she was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.