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Vol. LXVI, No. 24
November 21, 2014

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Dr. Ashley Wilder Smith

Dr. Lillian Shum

Dr. Leorey N. Saligan

Dr. Julia Rowland

NCI Fellowship Program Graduates Ten


Milestones

Smith Named Branch Chief at NCI

Dr. Ashley Wilder Smith is chief of the Outcomes Research Branch in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.
Dr. Ashley Wilder Smith is chief of the Outcomes Research Branch in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.

Dr. Ashley Wilder Smith has been named chief of the Outcomes Research Branch in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. The branch supports research activities that measure, evaluate and improve patient-centered outcomes of cancer care delivery across the cancer care continuum.

Dr. Robert Croyle, DCCPS director, said, “I’m thrilled that Dr. Smith has accepted this important leadership role as we scale up our health services and outcomes research efforts.”

Smith joined DCCPS as a cancer prevention fellow and then formally joined the Outcomes Research Branch in 2006 as a behavioral scientist and program director. Her research focuses on improving understanding of patient-reported outcomes and quality care for cancer patients, survivors and their families. She is particularly interested in evaluating and improving health-related quality of life; identifying and addressing gaps in cancer care and outcomes among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors; and addressing health and lifestyle behaviors in health care settings.

Smith earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in health psychology in 1999 and 2002, respectively, from the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned her M.P.H. in epidemiology from Pitt during her NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship. She has received several awards for leadership and excellence in research from NIH, the American Psychological Association, the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship program.

Shum To Direct NIDCR Extramural Research

Dr. Lillian Shum

Dr. Lillian Shum has been selected as director of NIDCR’s Division of Extramural Research (DER). She will provide leadership and guidance for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of NIDCR’s investment in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Serving as DER’s acting director since earlier this year, Shum is a scientist administrator with broad knowledge and experience in dental, oral and craniocraniofacial sciences. She is an alumna of the NIH Executive Leadership Program and represents NIDCR on trans-NIH and interagency working groups such as the NIH Common Fund’s High Risk-High Rewards Program and its Metabolomics Program.

Shum has been with NIH for 19 years and has held leadership positions for the past 11 years. In 1995, she joined the intramural program of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases as a bench scientist conducting research in growth and transcription factor regulation of cranial neural crest cells, stem/progenitor cell differentiation and apoptosis and craniofacial skeletal development. In 2003, she became director of NIDCR’s Mineralized Tissue Physiology Program in DER. Five years later, she was promoted to chief of the Integrative Biology and Infectious Diseases Branch, where she managed a portfolio of basic and translational research.

Shum earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in cell biology, developmental biology and anatomy. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships: one at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California, and another at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry.

NINR’s Saligan Named AAN Fellow

Dr. Leorey N. Saligan

Dr. Leorey N. Saligan, a tenure-track investigator in NINR’s Division of Intramural Research, was recently selected as an American Academy of Nursing fellow. AAN fellows are nurse leaders who have made significant contributions to nursing and health care. As a nurse scientist, he directs clinical trials, translates genomic discoveries into clinical practice to reduce distress associated with multiple symptoms and engages individuals and their families to promote self-care. Saligan is a practicing family nurse practitioner. He received a B.S. in nursing from Liceo de Cagayan University in the Philippines and a Ph.D. in nursing from Hampton University. He is the recipient of several awards, including a NINR Leadership Award, the Hasselmeyer Award for Research Initiatives and the RADM Faye G. Abdellah Publication Award for Nursing Research. He serves as an officer in the Public Health Service. The 2014 class of AAN fellows was inducted during the academy’s recent annual meeting.

Dr. Julia Rowland

NCI’s Rowland Honored

Dr. Julia Rowland, a psychologist who is director of cancer survivorship in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, won the Bernard Fox Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education or Research at the 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Lisbon, Portugal recently. Also an adjunct associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Rowland has a long and distinguished career in psycho-oncology and cancer survivorship research. She has authored or co-authored 93 peer-reviewed papers and a further 24 editorials and commentaries in major oncology journals on different aspects of cancer survivorship, in addition to 43 book chapters.

NCI Fellowship Program Graduates Ten

The graduates are (from l) Kristin Guertin, Carrie House, Joy Gary, Rena Jones, Monica Markovski, Ashley Felix, Anna Coghill, Catherine Volle, Kristin Litzelman and Fatima Ali-Rahmani.
The first year of the revised Sallie Rosen Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research program came to an end recently with a brief graduation ceremony to celebrate this milestone. Participants for the program were competitively selected from the current NCI female postdoctoral trainee pool. The goal of this 1-year program was to strengthen leadership skills through workshops and seminars, mentoring and coaching, and providing a community of peers to retain and to help transition them to independent research careers. The highlight and core of the program was a “Design Your Life” course. The course taught participants to take an active role in designing answers to the concerns in their lives and to embody the change they wish to see in the workplace. Said one graduate, “I am much more willing to jump in, take risks, make connections, and that has helped me be more productive, happier and more excited about my career.” The graduates are (from l) Kristin Guertin, Carrie House, Joy Gary, Rena Jones, Monica Markovski, Ashley Felix, Anna Coghill, Catherine Volle, Kristin Litzelman and Fatima Ali-Rahmani.

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