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overview Personal Statement I have been a SBS faculty member since 2010. I took a very circuitous path to a public health career. I moved to Boston in 1973 and worked for years as a day care worker, steelworker, and then obtained my nursing degree in 1984. I worked on a surgical oncology floor and through caring for many patients with preventable but late-stage cancers, I began to see first hand the strong and compelling need for cancer screening and prevention research. My current projects are varied and challenging with strong interests in cancer disparities, cancer screening, and community-based and home/family interventions. My primary research is aimed at reducing the disproportionate burden of melanoma mortality for persons of lower SES and middle-aged and older men. We have tried to accomplish this through public awareness, national and international screening programs, training, and exploring patient and physician communication patterns. We also have a number of Federal grants for tobacco cessation and elimination of second-hand smoke exposure in multiple venues, including public housing developments. I am very excited about participating in a randomized trial for smoking cessation that was recently conducted at Children’s Hospital to reach parents of hospitalized children. I am also the PI for a new NIH RO1 entitled Reducing Risks of Skin Cancer among Childhood Cancer Survivors. For the past three years, I have taught a class entitled ‘Successes and Challenges in Health Behavior Change’ where we look at some of the more successful comprehensive public health initiatives such as tobacco campaigns to see what lessons we can learn for modern-day epidemics such as those for tanning beds and obesity. Comparative Effectiveness Research a) Randomized trial to improve tobacco cessation teaching at US medical schools. NIH grant. Students at 5 schools will receive web-based curriculum, enhanced role plays, academic detailing and booster education. b) Randomized trial to improve tobacco cessation in Boston public housing. 20 Boston Housing Authority sites are randomized to controls and intervention. Intervention sites receive coaching by tobacco treatment advocates using motivational interviewing techniques with as many as 7 to 9 home visits. Funded by the NCI. c) Randomized trial to improve skin cancer examination teaching at US medical schools. 2 schools will receive standard education, 3 schools will receive an integrated skin exam video, and 3 schools will receive the video and a booster in the third year of medical school. Funded by the Harry Lloyd Charitable Foundation. d) Pre-test, post-test design using a web-based curriculum to improve early detection practices by primary care physicians at two large national HMOs. Funded by the Melanoma Research Alliance. e) Randomized study to improve tobacco cessation counseling for parents of children hospitalized at Children's Hospital Boston. Parents in the deluxe group receive Motivational Interviewing, a prescription for NRT, and a pro-active referral to the Smoker's Quitline. Parents in other groups receive educational materials. Funded by the Flight Attendant's Medical Research Institute. ------------------- Also writing a proposal to improve early detection of skin cancer practices among childhood cancer survivors.
One or more keywords matched the following items that are connected to Geller, Alan
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Academic Article Prevalence and correlates of skin cancer screening among middle-aged and older white adults in the United States.
Academic Article The first 15 years of the American Academy of Dermatology skin cancer screening programs: 1985-1999.
Academic Article Rates of skin cancer screening and prevention counseling by US medical residents.
Academic Article A nationwide population-based skin cancer screening in Germany: proceedings of the first meeting of the International Task Force on Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention (September 24 and 25, 2009).
Academic Article Factors related to the presentation of thin and thick nodular melanoma from a population-based cancer registry in Queensland Australia.
Academic Article Patient follow-up after participating in a beach-based skin cancer screening program.
Concept Early Detection of Cancer
Academic Article Behavioral determinants of successful early melanoma detection: role of self and physician skin examination.
Academic Article Need to improve skin cancer screening of high-risk patients: Comment on "Skin cancer screening by dermatologists, family practitioners, and internists".
Academic Article Does skin cancer screening save lives?: an observational study comparing trends in melanoma mortality in regions with and without screening.
Academic Article Response to Shore et Al.: lessons from an exemplary physician in a private setting.
Academic Article The ever-evolving landscape for detection of early melanoma: challenges and promises.
Academic Article Frequency of excisions and yields of malignant skin tumors in a population-based screening intervention of 360,288 whole-body examinations.
Academic Article Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence and impact of skin cancer screening on incidence.
Academic Article The Integrated Skin Exam film: an educational intervention to promote early detection of melanoma by medical students.
Academic Article Screening, early detection, education, and trends for melanoma: current status (2007-2013) and future directions: Part I. Epidemiology, high-risk groups, clinical strategies, and diagnostic technology.
Academic Article Screening, early detection, education, and trends for melanoma: current status (2007-2013) and future directions: Part II. Screening, education, and future directions.
Academic Article Perspective: catch melanoma early.
Academic Article Risk-stratified screening for detection of melanoma.
Academic Article Advancing Survivors' Knowledge (ASK) about skin cancer study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
Academic Article Methods of Melanoma Detection.
Grant Reducing Skin Cancer Risk in Childhood Cancer Survivors
Academic Article What the USPSTF "Insufficient" Skin Cancer Screening Recommendation Means for Primary Care Clinicians and Dermatologists.
Academic Article The study of nevi in children: Principles learned and implications for melanoma diagnosis.
Academic Article Downstream consequences of melanoma screening in a community practice setting: First results.
Academic Article A Large Skin Cancer Screening Quality Initiative: Description and First-Year Outcomes.
Academic Article Culturally-Relevant Online Cancer Education Modules Empower Alaska's Community Health Aides/Practitioners to Disseminate Cancer Information and Reduce Cancer Risk.
Academic Article Association between risk factors and detection of cutaneous melanoma in the setting of a population-based skin cancer screening.
Academic Article Association of Skin Examination Behaviors and Thinner Nodular vs Superficial Spreading Melanoma at Diagnosis.
Academic Article Psychosocial consequences of skin cancer screening.
Academic Article The first 30 years of the American Academy of Dermatology skin cancer screening program: 1985-2014.
Academic Article The Time Has Come to Enhance Skin Cancer Screening for Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors.
Academic Article Skin Cancer Early Detection Practices among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Treated with Radiation.
Academic Article Number needed to screen for presumptive screening diagnoses among first-time SPOTme screening participants (1992-2010).
Grant Technology-Enabled Activation of Skin Cancer Screening for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Survivors and their Primary Care Providers
Academic Article A geographically based cross-sectional analysis of SPOT me skin cancer screening data.
Academic Article Technology-enabled activation of skin cancer screening for hematopoietic cell transplantation survivors and their primary care providers (TEACH).
Academic Article Educational brochure impact on postscreening practices of American Academy of Dermatology skin cancer screening participants.
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.