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Vanessa Sheppard, PhD

Associate director for disparities research, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Program co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control
Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Chair in Cancer Prevention and Control

Research program member: Cancer Prevention and Control

Box 980149
830 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219




Professor & Chair, Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine


MA, Norfolk State University (1990)
PhD, Old Dominion University (1997)

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

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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