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Members of the Behavioral Oncology Postdoc Program meeting in a conference room.

2023-2025 Cohort

Ranjita Poudel, PhD

Ranjita Poudel, PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience

Florida International University - Miami, FL 

Research Topic: Mindfulness and mHealth interventions for prevention and treatment of cancer. 

Primary Mentor: Christine Vinci, PhD  

Secondary Mentor: Vani Simmons, PhD  


Heather Owens, PhD, MPH, Public HealthHeather Owens, PhD, MPH

University of South Florida - Tampa, FL

Research Topic: HPV-related cancer prevention 

Primary Mentor: Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, MPH


Amali Stephens, PhD

Amali Stephens, PhD, Microbiology

Iowa State University - Ames, IA 

Research Topic: Interdisciplinary health disparity research 

Primary Mentor: Tiffany Carson, PhD, MPH


2022-2024 Cohort

Cherell Cottrell DanielsCherell Cottrell-Daniels, PhD, Public Health

Georgia State University – Atlanta, Georgia

Research Topic: Understanding stressors (e.g., discrimination) and protective factors (e.g., religious coping) as they relate to tobacco and marijuana co-use in priority populations

Primary Mentor: Damon Vidrine, DrPH

Secondary Mentor: Jennifer Vidrine, PhD


Kristen Smith, PhD, NutritionKristen Smith, PhD, Nutrition

Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama

Research Topic:  Impact of diet and gut microbiome on cancer prevention, outcomes, and survivorship

Primary Mentor: Heather Jim, PhD

Secondary Mentor: Sylvia Crowder, PhD


Nashira Brown, PhD, Public HealthNashira Brown, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Birmingham, Alabama

Research Topic: Obesity, physical activity, cancer prevention and survivorship, health disparities

Primary Mentor: Tiffany Carson, PhD

Secondary Mentor: Marilyn Stern, PhD