CANCELLED – YACS Hot Topics: Advancing Antiracist Patient Engagement in Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Research

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July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This program has been postponed.

With Christabel K. Cheung, PhD, MSW

In this presentation developed for patient audiences, Dr. Cheung discusses the latest scientific evidence and her own research on implementing antiracist approaches to engaging with teens and younger adults in the conduct of research. In addition to introducing key concepts, she elaborates on how and why underrepresented patients should participate as advocates in research that addresses complex biomedical, psychological, and social problems.

About Dr. Cheung, PhD, MSW

Christabel K. Cheung, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Member of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Cheung’s research focuses on the psychosocial issues of cancer survivorship among adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients (diagnosed between ages 15-39 years according to the National Cancer Institute) in the domains of disparities and social determinants
of health and mental health, financial hardship and disability, antiracist and gender-affirming patient engagement, and embodied research methods. As a social and behavioral scientist in pursuit of these interests, she has led research projects as principal investigator and co-investigator and contributed to numerous cancer care optimization, patient education, and advocacy initiatives aimed at improving health and behavioral mental health outcomes.

Other research activities include participation as faculty affiliate at AYA CAncer REsearch (AYA CARE), the research arm of the AYA Oncology Program at Michigan Medicine, member of the MELD Research Group for the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program at the University of Southern California, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the STRONG Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Core Outcomes Set (COS) Study at The Netherlands Cancer Institute, and collaborating member at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, where
she was previously special member of their Minority Underserved National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Program (NCORP). Dr. Cheung contributes as teaching faculty for the NCI-funded Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) and the NCI-funded Nathan Schnaper Internship Program (NSIP) in Translational Cancer Research.

She has also previously served as AYA Patient Research Advocate for the NCI-funded SWOG Cancer Research Network, aimed at designing and conducting multidisciplinary cancer clinical trials. Dr. Cheung’s experience in academia includes serving on the field education faculty at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. Additionally, she holds eight years
of prior behavioral mental health clinical and management experience with her last direct practice role as executive director of San Francisco Village, a nonprofit organization within the national village movement for aging-in-place. As an embodied BIPOC AYA patient scientist and two-time survivor of cancer in the AYA years (Hodgkin lymphoma), she is recognized for writing one of the first cancer blogs advocating for racially minoritized young adult patients,

She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Social Welfare from University of California, Los Angeles.

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