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Postdoctoral Research Training Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Research Training Fellowships in Behavioral and Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer Prevention and Control

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

This new NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program at Northwestern University’s (NU) Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) is currently accepting applications for two-year post-doctoral fellowship positions. The goal of the  training program is to provide an outstanding mentored research and training experience for its postdoctoral fellows so that they become successful independent leaders in cancer research, aiming to reduce cancer risk, address disparities, and improve the lives and health outcomes of community members affected by cancer in a more efficient and more cost-effective fashion. The training program will function under the auspices of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) of Northwestern University, whose research programs in cancer prevention and control are nationally recognized for their scope and quality. 

The Program Director for Cancer Prevention is Dr. Bonnie Spring (, Contact PI) and the Program Director for Cancer Control and Survivorship is Dr. Frank Penedo (, MPI). The 20 participating mentors include 15 PhDs and 5 MDs from 8 departments at Northwestern. They include leading experts in the areas of cancer risk behaviors and screening, technology-supported behavioral and psychosocial interventions, symptom management, measurement science and patient reported outcomes, biobehavioral mechanisms in cancer, health disparities, and community engagement. Research experiences will be complemented by a weekly seminar, professional development activities, and an option to enroll in one of four relevant MS programs: MPH, MSCI, MSEB, or HSOR.   FSM and the RHLCCC provide a rich platform for training and career development including a diverse and broad scientific portfolio of cancer-related studies, biostatistical and health informatics cores, expertise in multi-level assessment methods and technology implementation, and collaborative relationships across NU’s biomedical and life sciences campuses. Trainees will also have access to a vast array of exceptional educational resources made available by the University for all postdoctoral trainees, including biweekly sessions dedicated to career development and career development skills. Candidates are required to: (1) possess a PhD, MD, or other doctoral degree in a related discipline or be enrolled in an accredited doctoral degree program and fulfill all degree requirements prior to program entry, and (2) be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application. Minority applicants are encouraged. To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement describing research interests and experience, and at least one letter of recommendation to: Benette Phillips (

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Current Mentees

Weill Cornell Medical College

Kelly Trevino, PhD
Megan Shen, PhD
Amanda Su, BSE
David Kwak, BS
Simon Cohen, BA 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Wendy Lichtenthal, PhD
Eli Diamond, MD, MPH
Andrew Epstein, MD

Mount Sinai

Melissa Garrido, PhD


Ana Tergas, MD 

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH
Michael Balboni, PhD
Reginald Tucker-Seeley, PhD


Francisco Munoz, CPE

Danish Cancer Institute/University of Copenhagen

Annika Berglind von Heymann-Horan (Doctoral Candidate)
Kathrine Grovn Nissen (Doctoral Candidate)

Contact Information

Center for Research on End-of-Life Care Weill Cornell Medical College 525 E 68th St, Box 39, 1414 Baker Pavilion New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 746-4409