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Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Massey Cancer Center leadership roles

Associate Director for Community Outreach, Engagement & Health Disparities, VCU Massey Cancer Center

Affiliated leadership roles

Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Policy, VCU

Department affiliations

Professor and Eminent Scholar, Department of Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine

Endowed and distinguished chair or professorship

Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Chair in Cancer Prevention and Control


MA, Norfolk State University (1990)
PhD, Old Dominion University (1997)

Awards and honors

Healthcare Innovator Award, 2014, African Women's Cancer Awareness
Outstanding Research Award, 2011, Georgetown University Medical Center
Torch Bearer Service Award, 2010, African Women's Cancer Awareness
Medical Recognition Award for Sisters Informing Sisters, 2011, Ready Academy
Health Disparities Scholar, 2003, National Institutes of Health

Research description

Research is focused on cancer disparities with an emphasis on breast cancer, cancer care delivery, behavioral trials and longitudinal cohorts. Most research is conducted within persons diagnosed with cancer and/or at increased risk due to lifestyle behaviors or potential genetic alterations.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Colorectal

Research keywords

Cancer education,Cancer risk behaviors,Cancer therapy toxicities,Cardiotoxicity,Community health,Community outreach,Health outcomes,Obesity,Prevention/population health,Screening,Survivorship

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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Contact information


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