Research for Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control

T32 Purpose and Objectives

The primary purpose of the NCI-funded T32 Interdisciplinary Training in Behavioral Oncology program at Indiana University is to train the next generation of behavioral oncology scientists to conduct interdisciplinary cancer prevention and control research spanning the continuum of prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship. The T32 program will be flexible enough to address the educational needs of individuals from different academic home disciplines, but formalized enough to ensure that participants achieve high levels of content knowledge and acquire intensive research experience by the time they complete their studies. Pre-doctoral fellows are allowed a maximum of three years of support and post-doctoral fellows two years of support. The T32 Program is only open to United States Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents.

Applications are currently being accepted for post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellows, with a start date of August 2016. Applications will be accepted through 2020.

T32 Core Requirements

T32 mentees meet weekly with their primary mentor and monthly with their secondary mentors.  Individual mentoring is supplemented by a strong curriculum built specifically for training in behavioral oncology.  Structured T32 training experiences are developed in modules that are scheduled and led by the program director. Additional research experiences include weekly review and writing sessions and lectures from outstanding faculty. A key component of the T32 training for all fellows is writing and critiquing grant applications and publications. The four core requirements are:

  • Core curriculum
  • Training modules
  • Other didactic experiences
  • Mentored research experiences

T32 Core Curriculum

All T32 fellows need a basic understanding of cancer prevention and control research across the continuum from prevention to end-of-life care. T32 fellows will be required to take three (three-credit hours each) courses that address topics not currently covered by existing coursework at the participating schools / departments. T32 fellows are also required to take a Research Ethics Course. Post-doctoral students will take classes that support their training needs as determined in consultation with their mentors and the T32 Internal Advisory Committee.

T32 Training Modules

Specialized T32 training modules are required of all trainees while in the program. T32 trainees will meet weekly for three hours with specific content structured into modules. Year one training modules include understanding expectations of training, cancer and aging, knowledge about networking at professional conferences, writing abstracts, presentation of poster or paper sessions, critiquing skills, health disparities and translation of research into the community. Year two training modules focus on writing a grant proposal and participating in mock reviews and information on career planning and translation.

Other T32 Didactic Experiences

The T32 program will also provide opportunities to acquire scientific knowledge and professional development outside of formal coursework through a variety of activities. Examples of these experiences may include the following:

  • Monthly IU Simon Cancer Center cancer control seminars
  • IU Simon Cancer Center Grand Rounds
  • Indiana Cancer Consortium meetings
  • IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day
  • IUPUI Research Day

T32 Mentored Research Experiences

T32 fellows will be required to begin engaging in mentored research as soon as they are admitted to the program and to devote the bulk of their research activities to issues relevant to cancer control. Research must be performed in conjunction with two mentors, at least one of whom must possess primary status as defined by the program.

T32 Program Goals

The purpose of this training program is to:

1) Train interdisciplinary pre- and post-doctoral T32 fellows with the requisite knowledge and skills to become successful independent investigators in the field of behavioral oncology

2) Develop a cadre of senior interdisciplinary researchers who serve as mentors for our T32 trainees through an interdisciplinary research network at the IU Simon Cancer Center

3) Strengthen and implement a structured T32 training program based on science in behavioral oncology, with new and innovative training experiences that will increase the outcome competencies of our graduates 

T32 Program Leaders:

Program Director:

Victoria L. ChampionPhD, RN, FAAN
Distinguished Professor Department of Science of Nursing Care
Edward and Sarah Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair
Associate Director of Population Science, IU Simon Cancer Center
Indiana University School of Nursing
Research areas: oncology care; early detection; symptom intervention; quality of life  


Co-Leaders:

Kurt Kroenke, MDKurt KroenkeMD
Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Director of Education and Training Programs, Regenstrief Institute Inc.
Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
Research areas: depression; pain; common symptoms


Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAANDiane Von Ah, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Chair, Community & Health Systems
Indiana University School of Nursing
Research Areas: cancer symptom management and quality of life, cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients


Greg Zimet, PhDGreg Zimet, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Psychology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Research areas: prevention of cervical cancer; development of brief interventions that may increase participation in health screening programs and prevention programs; identification of barriers to participation in clinical trials 


Current T32 Fellows:

Adele Crouch, BSN, RN (Nursing Predoc)

Ellen Krueger, BS (Psychology Predoc)

Eric Vachon, PhD, RN (Nursing Postdoc)

Ying Sheng, PhD, RN (Nursing Postdoc)

Former T32/R25 Fellows:

Rebecca Adams PhD (Psychology Predoc 2013-2015)

Andreia B. Alexander, MD, PhD, MPH (Dual PhD/MD Predoc Fellow 2010-2012)

Erika B. Biederman, BSN, RN (Nursing Predoc 2016-2019)

Jennifer Bernat, PhD (Communications Postdoc 2013-2015)

Candace Best, PhD (Psychology Postdoc 2012-2013)

Maria Britain, MS (Informatics Predoc 2009-2012)

Linda F. Brown, PHD, HSPP (Psychology Predoc 2007-2010)

Timothy Jay Carney, PhD, MPH, MBA (Informatics Predoc 2009-2010)

Shannon Christy, PhD (Psychology Predoc 2011-2014)

Andrea A. Cohee, Ph.D., R.N. (Nursing Postdoc 2015-2017)

Stacey Crane, PhD, RN, CPON (Nursing Postdoc 2019-2019)

Wambui Grace Gathirua-Mwangi, PhD, MPH (Epidemiology Predoc 2012-2016)

Ann Marie Hernandez, PhD, HSPP (Psychology Predoc 2007-2010)

Stephanie E. Hullmann, Ph.D., H.S.P.P. (Psychology Postdoc 2013-2015)

Kelly N. H. Nudelman, PhD (Medical and Molecular Genetics Predoc 20111-2014)

Shelley A. Johns, PsyD, ABPP (Psychology Postdoc 2009-2011)

Monica Louise Kasting, PhD (Epidemiology Predoc 2015-2016)

Ross Michael Bucher Kauffman, PHD, MPH, CPH (Epidemiology Postdoc 2009-2011)

Christina (Ellen) Lee BSc(PT), MS, PhD, CertMDT, CLT (Physical Therapy Postdoc 2014-2015)

Andrew Marley, MPH (Epidemiology Predoc 2016-2019)

Julie (Elam) Otte, PhD, RN, OCN (Nursing Postdoc 2008-2010)

Kamnesh R. Pradhan, MD, MBBS, MS (Pediatric Hematology – Oncology Postdoc 2012-2014)

Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MT-BC (Music Therapy Postdoc 2007-2009)

Emily Rock (Psychology Predoc 2009-2010)

Willi L. Tarver, DrPH, MLIS (Public Health Postdoc 2015-2016)

Danielle Tometich, MS (Psychology Predoc 2015-2018)

Noah Robert Zanville, PhD, RN (Nursing Predoc 2015-2017)

For more information

Liza Sumpter
Program Manager
IU School of Nursing
600 Barnhill Drive, NU 317B
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-7563
Fax: (317) 278-2021
sumpterl@iu.edu