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Maria Thomson, D., Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control

Department affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine


PhD, University of Waterloo, Canada (2010)
MS, University of Alberta, Canada (2005)

Research description

My research focuses on promoting informed and shared decision making through effective communication and measuring and evaluating sociocultural and health disparities that influence patient information needs, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. I focus on: 1) Cancer prevention topics for reducing cancer risk (healthy lifestyle change, screening), 2) Communication and treatment decision making on economic, physical and mental health outcomes (primarily among cancer survivors and their informal caregivers).

Disease focus of research

Breast, Hematologic Malignancies, Colorectal

Research keywords

Cancer disparities,Cancer education,Cancer risk behaviors,Community outreach,Obesity,Prevention/population health,Screening

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

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