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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 disparities research, 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

With expertise in health services research, clinical trials and behavioral interventions, Dr. Sheppard aims to address gaps in care for African-American, African immigrant and Latina populations. Her research focuses on factors that have potential to improve cancer outcomes, such as treatment adherence, patient-provider relationships, obesity and physical activity.

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

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Contact information


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