Research for Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control

Meet the Mentors

Program Director

Victoria Champion

Victoria L. Champion, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

  • Distinguished Professor Department of Science of Nursing Care
  • Edward and Sarah Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair
  • Associate Director of Population Science, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: oncology care; early detection; symptom intervention; quality of life

Co-Leader

Catherine Mosher

Catherine Mosher, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: (1) developing, evaluating, and disseminating psychosocial interventions for cancer patients and their family caregivers; and (2) identifying demographic, medical, and social predictors of physical and psychological health outcomes in cancer patients and their family caregivers.

Interdisciplinary Mentors

Lawrence Einhorn

Lawrence Einhorn, M.D.

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Livestrong Foundation Professor of Oncology
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: testicular cancer; bladder cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal tumors, breast cancer.


Joan Haase

Joan Haase Ph.D., RN, FAAN

  • Holmquist Professor in Pediatric Oncology Nursing
  • Co-director, Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: positive health; resilience; quality of life in cancer patients; youth and adolescents. 


Susan Hickman

Susan Hickman, Ph.D

  • Professor, Community and Health Systems, IU School of Nursing
  • Co-director, Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
  • Director, IU Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Chair in Aging Research, IU School of Medicine
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: advance care planning; end-of-life decision-making; goals of care; geriatrics; ethics. 


Thomas Imperiale

Thomas Imperiale, M.D

  • Lawrence Lumeng Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Adjunct professor, School of Public Health
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: Screening and surveillance of colorectal neoplasia. Tailoring of colorectal cancer screening and surveillance based on individual patient risk. Understanding test characteristics of non-invasive colorectal cancer screening tests. Technology assessment for digestive diseases


Rachel Katzenellenbogen

Rachel Katzenellenbogen, M.D.

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Richard E. and Pauline P. Klingler Scholar in Pediatrics
  • Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: human papillomavirus (HPV); cancer


Brenna McDonald

Brenna McDonald, Psy.D.

  • Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
  • Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Neuroimaging
  • Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology 
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: To improve understanding of the brain basis for cognitive symptoms experienced by cancer patients, and to develop treatments that help improve symptoms, daily functioning, and quality of life.


Jamie Renbarger

Jamie Renbarger, M.D.

  • Caroline Symmes Professor of Pediatric Cancer Research
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Director, Pediatric Cancer Precision Genomics Program
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: The development and use of personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics in the treatment of childhood cancers. Her work involves a major effort to identify biomarkers of drug toxicity and efficacy in the treatment of pediatric cancers.


Andrew Saykin

Andrew Saykin, Psy.D.

  • Director, Center for Neuroimaging
  • Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology
  • Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, IU Bloomington
    Director, Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: Neural Mechanisms of Chemotherapy-Induced Cognitive Disorder


Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, School of Liberal Arts
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: Bioethics; patient decision-making and consent in preventive medicine, personalized medicine, and biobank research.


Todd Skaar

Todd Skaar, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Co-program leader, Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: Discovery and implementation of genomic predictors of drug response; identifying genetic variants that are associated with clinical drug efficacy and toxicity.


Lois Travis

Lois Travis, M.D., Sc.D.

  • Lawrence H. Einhorn Professor of Cancer Research
  • Adjunct Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: Long-term physiologic and psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment, with a goal of providing a foundation for risk-adapted evidence-based follow-up.


Teresa Zimmers

Teresa Zimmers, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Co-program leader, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis
  • Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research areas: To understand the molecular mechanisms regulating systemic consequences of cancer and other chronic disease; to understand the molecular mechanisms regulating systemic consequences of cancer and other chronic disease.