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

Associate Director of Community Outreach and Population Science Research

Victoria Champion


Victoria Champion, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Nursing and the Edward and Sarah Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair at IU School of Nursing, serves as the cancer center’s associate director of population science and community outreach.

With continuous NIH funding since 1984, Dr. Champion is recognized internationally as an expert in behavioral oncology with research focusing on interventions to increase cancer screening in underserved and community settings. Additionally, her research has addressed cancer survivorship and symptom science throughout the survivorship continuum. Champion is a Multiple Principal Investigator (MPI) of an National Cancer Institute intervention trial to improve cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screening in rural Indiana and Ohio, a first-ever intervention trial to simultaneously test interventions to support adherence to all guideline-approved cancer screenings in women.

For the past 25 years, Champion has led the development and dissemination of cancer control research at Indiana University. With the late Dr. Stephen Williams, the inaugural director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, she founded the Indiana Cancer Consortium which now includes more than 150 participating organizations throughout Indiana.

Champion has served on many national advisory panels, including a presidential appointment to both the National Cancer Advisory Committee (2008-14) and the CDC executive committee for breast and cervical cancer. She was appointed as a member of the Department of Defense's breast cancer integration panel and has served on and chaired NCI and American Cancer Society study sections, as well as serving on countless ad hoc study sections and site reviews.

Dr. Champion’s commitment to training the next cadre of behavioral oncology researchers in interdisciplinary science is a key component of everything she does. She has been the senior mentor for many successful students who received F31, F32 and K07 awards. She is the recipient of a K05 senior mentoring award – a testament to her accomplishments and has led NCI training grants for 13 years, including two five-year R25 awards and a current T32 training grant in interdisciplinary cancer control.

Champion is widely sought after as a consultant for training grants and currently serves the external advisory board of four NCI T32 training grants. She has been a volunteer for the national American Cancer Society and served as president and CEO of the governing board of the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division.

Champion is a member of the cancer center’s executive committee and the Indiana Translational Science Initiative (CTSI). She has held many leadership roles throughout Indiana University and is well known as an advocate for interdisciplinary team science.

As associate director of population science and community outreach at the IU Simon Cancer Center, she works with cancer center scientists and leaders throughout the university, as well as with private foundations and community partners to: 1.) define and support research with cancer relevant outcomes addressing racial and ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic determinants of cancer risk, 2.) coordinate cancer center programmatic research to develop and integrate a strategic vision for population research and community engagement specific to Indiana, 3.) work with the associate director of clinical sciences to increase minority trial accrual, 4.) collaborate with the associate director of education to support interdisciplinary training from high school through post graduate education, and 5.) partner with community-based organizations throughout the catchment area to disseminate evidence-based cancer education and develop policy to support decreasing the cancer burden.