October DCI Seminar Series (10.28.20)

Karen Emmons
Karen Emmons, PhD

The October DCI Seminar Series, to be held on Wednesday, October 28, will feature behavioral scientist Karen M. Emmons, PhD, a professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The title of her talk is “Mission-Consistent and Life Saving: Why is Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Health Care so Hard.”

Emmons currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Community Engagement Program for Harvard’s Clinical Translational Science Award. She's the Multi-PI of the P50 Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Equity, and the MPI of Harvard’s T32 Cancer Prevention Education Training Program. She's been actively involved in national efforts to develop implementation research and training programs. 

Emmons' current work focuses heavily on implementation science, particularly in community health settings. She researches community-based approaches to cancer prevention in a variety of settings that serve under-resourced communities, including low income housing and community health centers. Her research teams have included interdisciplinary perspectives on cancer risk reduction and health disparities, with a focus on multiple cancer risk behaviors. Her work targets a range of cancer risk factors, including nutrition, physical activity, sun exposure, tobacco and second-hand smoke exposure, and cancer screening.

Emmons is past-president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She is a past recipient of a mid-career K award focused on dissemination an implementation research to reduce cancer disparities.

Emmons' lecture begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. The October DCI Seminar Series is presented by the DCI Cancer Control and Population Sciences Research Program and held in conjunction with Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds.

For more information and to access the Webex link, email Joan Lofton, MBA, AGM.