Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Behavioral Medicine


Vanessa Malcarne, PhD



Research Interests

Amy’s research is focused on helping patients and families cope with chronic illness, distress screening and coordination of psychosocial services, patient navigation, and health disparities.

Representative Publications
  • Ustjanauskas, A. E., Quinn, G. P., Pan, T. M., Rivera, M., Vázquez-Otero, C., Ung, D., Roetzheim, R. G., Laronga, C., Johnson, K., Norton, M., Carrizosa, C., Muñoz, D., Goldenstein, M., Nuhaily, S., & Wells, K. J. (2016). Facilitators of Survivorship Care Among Underserved Breast Cancer Survivors: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Cancer Education, 1-8.

  • Wells, K. J., Pan, T. M., Vázquez-Otero, C., Ung, D., Ustjanauskas, A., Muñoz, D., Laronga, C., Roetzheim, R. G., Goldenstein, M., Carrizosa, C., Nuhaily, S., Johnson, K., Norton, M., Sims, E., & Quinn, G.P. (2016). Barriers and facilitators to endocrine therapy adherence among underserved hormone-receptor positive breast cancer survivors: A qualitative study. Supportive Care In Cancer, 24(10): 4123-30.

  • Ustjanauskas, A. E., Bredice, M., Nuhaily, S., Kath, L., Wells, K. J. (2015). Training in patient navigation: A review of the research literature. Health Promotion Practice, 1-9.

  • Harris, J. L., Schwartz, M. B., Ustjanauskas, A., Ohri-Vachaspati, P., & Brownell, K. D. (2011). Effects of serving high-sugar cereals on children’s breakfast-eating behavior. Pediatrics, 127(1), 71–76.

  • IPOS/APOS World Congress of Psycho-Oncology Best Student Poster Award 2015
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