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Erin Kent


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Erin Kent
First Name: Erin

Last Name: Kent

Position Title: Epidemiologist & Program Director

Job Responsibilities: Research

Education/Training: Epidemiology

About Me/My interests: Erin Kent is an Epidemiologist and Program Director in the Outcomes Research Branch in the Applied Research Program in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Insitute. Dr. Kent previously served as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Office of Cancer Survivorship. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Health, Science & Policy with a Concentration in Public Health and Epidemiology from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine in 2010. Dr. Kent’s main research interests are in the impact of social isolation and health disparities/inequities on cancer outcomes. She also has a background in mixed methods research and community-based participatory research, and has worked with diverse geographic and under-represented clinical groups. Much of her research has focused on socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes (survival, quality of life, and attitudes toward participation in research) of adolescents and young adults, and she continues to conduct research on the information and supportive care needs of AYAs to help improve care for this unique and understudied population.

Training Opportunities: Y es

My Contact Information:

Address: Outcomes Research Branch, Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences; National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, East Tower, Room 430, Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 240.276.6776

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Adolescent and young adult oncology; cancer survivorship; social support; health disparities; social epidemiology

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Kent, E. E., Wilder Smith, A., Keegan, T. H. M., Lynch, C. F., Kato, I., Wu, X., Schwartz, S., Hamilton, A. (In Press). Social information needs of adolescent and young adults with cancer in the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Outcomes and Patient Experiences (AYA-HOPE) Study. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

Keegan, T. H. M., Lichtensztajn, D. Y., Kato, I., Kent, E. E., Wu, X. C., Hamilton, A. S., Zebrack, B., Bellizzi, K. M., Wilder Smith, A., and the AYA HOPE Study Collaborative Group. (2012). Unmet adolescent and young adult cancer survivors information and service needs: A population-based cancer registry study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

Kent, E. E., Parry, C., Sender, L. S., Montoya, M. J., Morris, R. A., Anton-Culver, H. (In Press). “I’m too young for this”: adolescent and young adults’ perspectives on cancer survivorship. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.

Kent, E. E., Morris, R. A., Largent, J. A., Ziogas, A., Sender, L. S., & Anton-Culver, H. (2010). Socioeconomic impacts on survival differ by race/ethnicity in adolescents and young adults with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology. doi: 10.1155/2010/824691

Kent, E. E., Sender, L., Largent, J., & Anton-Culver, H. (2009). Leukemia survival in children, adolescents, and young adults: influence of socioeconomic status and other demographic factors. Cancer Causes & Control, 20, 1409-20.

Link, N. J., Maurer, E., Largent, J., Kent, E. E., Morris, R. A., Sender, L. S., & Anton-Culver, H. (2009). Kids, Adolescents, and Young Adults Cancer (KAYAC) Study; a methodologic approach in cancer epidemiology research. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Article ID 354257, 7 pages, 2009. doi:10.1155/2009/354257.

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