Amr Soliman, M.D, Ph.DCEESP Director & Medical Professor
Robert Chamberlain, PhDCEESP Co-Investigator & Professor Emeritus
Noel Manyindo, M.DAssociate Medical Professor and Chair
Victoria Ngo, PhD, MSAssociate Medical Professor
Erica Lubetkin, MDAssociate Medical Professor
Tashuna Albritton, Ph.DAssistant Medical Professor
Chloe Teasdale, PhD, MPHAssistant Medical Professor
Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, MBAAssociate Medical Professor and Chair
Ghada Soliman, MD, PhDAssociate Professor and Doctoral Program Director
Victoria Frye, DrPHAssociate Medical Professor
Amr Soliman, M.D, Ph.D
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Amr Soliman has been collaborating with faculty in Africa, the Middle East, and minority populations in the U.S. to develop a program in international cancer epidemiology and migration studies. This has led to a strong research infrastructure with several centers in Africa to investigate the epidemiology of colorectal, cervical, and breast cancers. The U54 research training program that he has led in Tanzania and the inflammatory breast cancer research study that he leads in North Africa are major components of his research that provides significant opportunities for research training of students of the NCI-funded R25 Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) program. The CEESP program was funded from the NCI in 2006 and is continuing through the current third 5-year grant cycle that ends in 2021. Dr. Soliman has also conducted collaborative research with the minority-focused SEER registry in Detroit, the Michigan Cancer Consortium, the State Cancer Registry of Michigan, and the Arab American Center for Social and Economic Services in Dearborn, Michigan. He has also established research studies with the African and Asian refugees in Nebraska and with minority populations in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. His research mentoring experience includes working with trainees from minority and underserved populations. His research also includes access to cancer care, screening, and early detection in these populations.
Learn more here: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/amr-soliman
Robert Chamberlain, PhD
I serve on this CEESP grant because of my expertise in cancer education, research training, and epidemiologic research in minority and underserved settings. I served on the NCI review group, Subcommittee G for many years, and most recently was Chair. I am a Fellow and Past-President of the American Association for Cancer Education. I led the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Training Program, with support from NCI R25E and R25T grants for 18 years until my retirement in 2012. I have worked closely with Dr. Soliman on the CEESP program from its beginning at the University of Michigan, at the University of Nebraska, now at CUNY. I have chaired the Advisory Committee (AC) of the CEESP program over the past 10 years. In 2005, I was selected as a charter member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education. In 2006, the American Association for Cancer Education honored me with their highest award; the Margaret Hay Edwards Medal for outstanding contributions in cancer education. In research, I have developed educationally based recruitment strategies for chemoprevention trials and I was member of the Outcomes Committee of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) that is involved with most of the group’s trials. I have mentored many trainees in their research, particularly in molecular, genetic, and social epidemiology, including many CEESP students.
Noel Manyindo, M.D
Learn more here: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/noel-manyindo
Victoria Ngo, PhD, MS
Erica Lubetkin, MD
Dr. Lubetkin’s publications have focused on health literacy and information in Haitians, examining intuitive cancer risk perceptions in Haitian- Creole and Spanish populations, promoting cancer prevention and control in community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations, differences in patient activation across new immigrants, diverse language subgroups, and the intersection of HIV/AIDS and cancer. She also has published extensively on patient-reported outcomes, particularly, health-related quality of life, and measuring the burden of disease due to chronic diseases and health risk behaviors. She currently serves as the chair of an international health inequalities special interest group (through the EuroQol Group) and a member of the Large Scale Applications (LSA) Working Group.
Learn more here: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/erica-lubetkin
Tashuna Albritton, Ph.D
Dr. Albritton is an Assistant Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine. Dr. Albritton has extensive training in community-based behavioral intervention research, particularly with minority populations, in both urban and rural communities. She completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and School of Public Health. Her research focuses on sexually transmitted infections and HIV prevention intervention among African American adolescents. She also examines the individual, interpersonal, community and environmental level factors that influence risk and protective behaviors. The scope of Dr. Albritton’s research includes adolescent sexual and reproductive health and health services, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections prevention interventions, urban and rural sexually transmitted infections disparities, community health, community-based participatory research, and social technology innovation and intervention research.
Learn more here: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/tashuna-albritton
Chloe Teasdale, PhD, MPH
Chloe Teasdale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Her research focuses on the health of children, adolescents and pregnant women in the US and globally. Prior to completing her PhD, she spent several years working in South Africa overseeing monitoring and evaluation for mothers2mothers, a regional public health organization focused on reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV through peer support and education. This formative experience in public health practice, working with healthcare providers and mothers across seven African countries, fueled her passion to improve health services for women and children around the world and continues to inform her approach to research. A major focus of Dr. Teasdale’s work has been using routinely collected medical record data from HIV care and treatment service sites to examine patient outcomes. She has designed and evaluated targeted service interventions for children, adolescents and pregnant women, including a novel differentiated care model aimed at retaining pregnant and breastfeeding adolescent and young women living with HIV in Kenya. She has also conducted research on the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on pediatric populations, including studies on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among parents in the US and NYC.
Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, MBA
Terry Huang is Professor and Chair in Heath Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Systems and Community Design at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.
He chaired the Department of Health Promotion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) from 2010-2014. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Huang was a senior leader in the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the integration of systems science and chronic disease prevention. Dr. Huang is a global leader on systems-oriented community health, cross-sectoral partnerships, design thinking, collective impact, and the translation of science to policy.
Dr. Huang has lectured and published extensively on these topics. His current work continues to focus on innovative strategies for systems change, including the development of Firefly Innovations, a public health entrepreneurship platform housed at the CUNY SPH. Dr. Huang received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Innovation Award in 2010 and the NIH Director’s Award in 2011. In addition, he received the National Cancer Institute Award of Merit in 2012 and was named UNMC Distinguished Scientist in 2013. Dr. Huang holds a PhD in Preventive Medicine and an MPH from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Psychology from McGill University. He is Board Certified in Public Health (CPH) and Fellow, Councilor, and Past Program Chair of The Obesity Society. He is also VP North America of the World Obesity Federation.
Ghada Soliman, MD, PhD
Victoria Frye, DrPH
Dr. Frye arrived at the CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Program in Biomedical Education in late 2015, after serving as the Head of the Laboratory of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the New York Blood Center and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Frye’s research combines epidemiological and social science theories and methods to study the distribution, determinants and health consequences of intimate partner and sexual violence and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, she designs and tests multi-level and multi-component interventions to prevent HIV and violence. Dr. Frye is currently the PI of two NIH-funded studies. The first (R21/AI-122996) assesses barriers to and facilitators of uptake of non-occupational post-exposure HIV prophylaxis (“PEP”) use among Black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women living in upper Manhattan and the Bronx; the goal of the study is to inform the development and evaluation of a social and print media campaign to drive demand for PEP. The second, a randomized, controlled clinical trial (R01/DA-038108), assesses the impact of a behavioral intervention on uptake of consistent HIV self-testing among young, Black MSM and transgender women. Dr. Frye recently completed work on a NIMH-funded study (R21/MH-102182-01) to design and test a community-level anti-HIV stigma and homophobia intervention, Project CHHANGE (“Challenge HIV Stigma and Gain Empowerment”). She is a co-investigator on three additional NIH-funded studies, including another RCT on HIV testing among MSM (1R01/HD-078595-01), an observational mixed methods study examining neighborhoods influence on HIV among MSM (R56/MH-110176), and an RCT of an intervention to increase blood donation among young first-time donors (1R01/HL-127766). In 2006, Dr. Frye received a mentored career development award from NIDA (K01 DA-020774) and her research has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, JAIDS, AIDS and Behavior, AIDS Care, Violence against Women, Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Urban Health, where she serves as an Associate Editor.
Learn more here: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/profiles/victoria-frye