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Bernard Fuemmeler, F., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Prevention and Control (co-leader)

Massey Cancer Center leadership roles

Associate Director for Population Science, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Program co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control

Department affiliations

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

Endowed and distinguished chair or professorship

Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., Chair in Cancer Research


MS, Oklahoma State University (1998)
PhD, Oklahoma State University (2001)
MPH, Harvard University (2003)

Research description

My research focuses on understanding the biological, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that contribute to lifestyle behaviors linked to cancer. Tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, alcohol use, and obesity are the modifiable causes of cancer that generate the most risk. Because many of these behaviors begin earlier in life and the conditions that give rise to them are multi-factorial, my work often applies a life-course framework and incorporates multi-level methods to study them. In addition, I am interested in how our field can harness novel statistical methods and leverage digital technologies (e.g., social media, big data, mobile phones and wireless sensors) to address behavioral and social science problems.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Colorectal, Head & neck, Respiratory/lung

Research keywords

Cancer disparities,Cancer risk behaviors,Epigenetics,Health outcomes,Obesity,Prevention/population health,Survivorship,Tobacco

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

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