Current CPC trainees
Nicole Nicksic, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Nicole Nicksic, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a fellow in the NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program in cancer prevention and control at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Nicksic’s primary research interests are in tobacco prevention and control. She is particularly interested in electronic cigarette advertising and use behaviors among youth. She is currently working with Andrew Barnes and Thomas Eissenberg on projects related to determinants of youth tobacco behaviors amenable to federal and state tobacco regulations, as well as the influence of regulatory environments on youth tobacco use. Nicksic earned her B.S. in clinical laboratory science and sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2008. She worked as a medical technologist in a hospital laboratory in Milwaukee, WI, before beginning her graduate studies in epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Austin campus to earn a M.P.H. in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2016.
Arnethea L. Sutton, Ph.D.
Arnethea L. Sutton, Ph.D., is a fellow in the NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program in cancer prevention and control at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Sutton's primary research interests are in cancer disparities, cancer genetics, survivorship and community engaged-research. She is particularly interested in developing interventions that seek to improve the quality of life of Black cancer survivors. She is currently working with Vanessa B. Sheppard on projects related to endocrine therapy initiation and persistence in breast cancer survivors, genetic cancer risk assessment uptake in Black and Latina women, and male cancer survivors. Sutton received a B.S. in clinical laboratory sciences from VCU in 2006, an M.S. in clinical laboratory sciences from VCU in 2006, and a Ph.D. in health-related sciences from VCU in 2017.
Carrie A. Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Carrie A. Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a fellow in the NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program in cancer prevention and control research at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Miller recently completed her Ph.D. in social and behavioral sciences at the VCU School of Medicine. Her dissertation was facilitated by a Susan G. Komen predoctoral training fellowship and focused on the effects of providing average risk adults with colorectal cancer risk assessment results. She also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from VCU in 2013. As part of her master's program, Miller assisted with an evaluation of the colorectal cancer screening behaviors among community-dwelling residents of southeast Virginia and spent one month in South Africa helping to conduct a community-engaged research project. She has been honing her research skills for nearly two decades. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked in a variety of clinical research roles in the academic and private sectors.
Miller's overarching research interests involve the intersection of health and social, behavioral and psychological factors. She is particularly interested in health promotion and preventive services within cancer prevention and control. She is currently working with Bernard Fuemmeler and Sunny Kim on projects related to cancer communications, social media and mobile/digital health. She looks forward to contributing her expertise to these projects and enhancing her research skills and professional repertoire as a T32 CPC fellow.