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Advisory Boards

The Internal Advisory Board serves to 1) refine and approve recruitment strategies; 2) reviewe all applications and vote on each candidate; 3) consult on the effectiveness of the core curriculum; 4) review and approve candidates’ training career development plans and mentoring teams; 5) attend the annual EAC meeting; and 6) monitor and evaluate CECDP effectiveness and individual trainee progress.

The External Advisory Committee serves to evaluate the program by participating in an annual review meeting and providing a written report with specific program recommendations. Members were selected for their experience, expertise, and history of directing cancer training programs.


Victoria Champion, RN, PhD is a Distinguished Professor of Nursing, the Edward and Sarah Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair, the Associate Director of Cancer Control and Population Science at Indiana University, Associate Director of Cancer Control and Population Science at Indiana University Cancer Center, and director of the center’s T32. She served on multiple NIH peer review panels and advisory committees, including the National Cancer Advisory Committee (2008-2014). She is an expert in behavioral oncology research, has a K05 senior mentoring award, and has mentored fellows in multiple fields.

Peter Kanetsky, PhD Dr. Kinetsky is a Professor of Oncologic Services at the University of South Florida and the Program Leader of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Program at Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Kanetsky is a cancer epidemiologist with a long history of NIH funding. His work focuses on inherited genetic variation and its relationship to melanoma and testicular cancers. He directs the Moffitt Cancer Center’s T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer and has mentored many fellows, including many now in academic positions at research institutions such as the University of California San Francisco, University of Rochester School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Mayo Clinic.

Melinda Stolley, PhD Dr. Stolley is a Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Associate Director of Population Health at the MCW Cancer Center. She served as a co-director of the R25T CECDP at UIC prior to taking a position at the WMC. Dr. Stolley has more than 20 years’ experience developing and lifestyle interventions among adult cancer survivors and has a long history of NCI funding and reviewing on NIH study sections.


Karen Colley, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Dean of Graduate College

Pauline Maki, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Director of Women’s Health

Jan Kitajewski, PhD

Acting Director of UI Cancer Center

Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics