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Shawna Hudson, Ph.D.
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health

hudsonsh@rutgers.edu, (732) 235-9591

Dr. Shawna Hudson, a medical sociologist, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She has a secondary faculty appointment in the Rutgers School of Public Health in the Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science. She is also an Adjunct Associate Member of the Division of Population Science at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Hudson earned her B.A. from Rutgers College and her M.A and Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University. She completed post-doctoral training in 2002 through a fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. She is a mixed methods researcher and has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Her qualitative research studies have focused on exploring cancer disparities in treatment and screening settings. Her quantitative research examines determinants of preventive cancer screening in primary care settings and organizational factors in primary care practices that facilitate increased use of evidence based guidelines. Dr. Hudson has a strong interest in behaviorally focused cancer research and research on vulnerable populations. She has participated as both principle investigator and co-investigator on numerous studies funded by the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Hudson has completed a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Career Development Award for Diversity for her research on the role of primary care in enhancing cancer survivorship. This work explored new and long-term adult cancer survivors’ use of extended cancer follow-up care. Specifically, it examined their motivation and decision making in regards to seeking cancer follow-up care and explores their preferences for care delivery from cancer and cancer-related specialists versus primary care physicians. Through this research she found that there was a clear need to improve the survivorship transition from active treatment to long-term screening and surveillance in a coordinated fashion between oncology and primary care. Her goal is to make significant contributions to the cancer survivorship literature through the development of targeted, tailored interventions for cancer survivors and providers that enhance cancer survivor care plans and optimize cancer follow-up care in community as well as NCI designated cancer center settings. Her current NCI funded study Extended Cancer Education for Longer-term Survivors (EXCELS) in Primary Care (R01CA176838) develops and tests a self-care intervention for cancer survivors in primary care settings that uses a multimedia, web-based mHealth platform (web and smartphone application) supplemented with care management/health coaching. Dr. Hudson’s research has been published in a number of journals including Annals of Family Medicine, Medical Care, Cancer Detection and Prevention, Translational Behavioral Medicine, and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.


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