Professor Brad Zebrack has received the American Psychosocial Oncology Society’s Ruth McCorkle Excellence in Research Mentorship Award. The award honors those who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to nurturing intellectual growth, career development, professional guidance and positive role modeling in the field of psychosocial oncology.
Professor Brad Zebrack has been awarded a 5-year R01 from the National Cancer Institute for the project "Social genomic mechanisms of health disparities among adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors." The grant will allow study of molecular pathways that represent potential targets for interventions to protect AYA survivors against the adverse biological effects of social isolation, socioeconomic disadvantage, and other psychological and social determinants of health in the highly stressful context of cancer. The study’s intent is to identify functional genomic pathways through which social and psychological factors influence gene regulation and alter health outcomes in AYAs, and to define the role of such effects in structuring health disparities in post-treatment survivorship.
Professor Brad Zerbrack’s research was cited in the New York Times, “When the Teenager or Young Adult Has Cancer.” His research reviews psychosocial challenges, support interventions and makes recommendations for young adults with cancer.
Professor Brad Zebrack shared his insights into the unique challenges faced by young adult cancer survivors on the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society podcast. Zebrack discusses young adult survivors’ struggle for independence, challenges with body image and intimacy, issues navigating financial and career challenges, young adult survivors’ desire to feel “normal” amongst their peers, and how the healthcare team can help.
Professor Brad Zebrack has been named a 2019 Association of Oncology Social Work Fellow. The fellowship recognizes and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology.
Professor Brad Zebrack's article "The Association of Oncology Social Work's Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care (APAQCC)" was published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.
Professor Brad Zebrack chaired the advocacy panel of adolescent and young adult cancer patients at the 2017 2nd Global Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Congress in Atlanta.
Professor Brad Zebrack’s article, “Sexual functioning among young adult cancer patients: A 2-year longitudinal study” was published in Cancer.
Professor Brad Zebrack’s experience as a 2016 Fulbright Senior Scholar was featured in the November 2017 issue of Minds & Hearts, (page 22) published by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.
Professor Brad Zebrack’s article, “Educational and vocational goal disruption in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors” was published in Psycho-Oncology.
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