Psychosocial and Behavioral Studies in Melanoma Risk Reduction and Treatment

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Our team works extensively with patients with melanoma, those at high risk for melanoma, as well as the general population. We have multiple clinical studies in this area that would involve a student in hands-on public health research from a behavioral perspective –qualitative research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and manuscript preparation. For example, one planned study involves examination of individual, physician, and structural barriers to acral melanoma diagnosis, which is a rare subtype of melanoma that tends to be diagnosed at much later stages than more common forms of melanoma. Another study is exploring prevention opportunities to encourage teenage girls to avoid intentional (indoor and outdoor) tanning. In our work, we collaborate closely with other clinicians and researchers (dermatologists, surgeons, oncologists) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who focus on addressing treatment and prevention of melanoma.

Project Type

Clinical Research and Translational Research

Preferred Project Dates

  • June 15 – August 7
Student's Role

The summer medical student would be involved in a range of qualitative and quantitative research activities and writing projects for our psychosocial and behavioral studies regarding melanoma risk reduction, treatment for melanoma, and genetic testing as related to skin cancer. Specifically, the student will assist with patient interviewing, and synthesizing and identifying key themes from interviews conducted with acral melanoma patients regarding their journey toward being diagnosed with this type of cancer. In addition, the student will have opportunities to assist with other ongoing research projects in our lab that are at various stages of development. Research activities may include creating and managing databases, coding qualitative data, and performing statistical analyses.

The student will also assist in manuscript development and conference presentations for the research studies described above. As such, it is important that the medical student have strong analytical and writing skills, including the ability to synthesize qualitative descriptive narratives, identify recurring thematic patterns, and reporting of key findings in manuscripts intended for publication.

This placement provides an excellent opportunity for research career development in a thriving study team through the development of public health research skills applicable to all areas of medical research. Opportunities to attend departmental and institutional didactic seminars will also be available.

Extent of Research/Laboratory, Clinical, and Didactic Activities
  • Laboratory Research: 0%
  • Clinical Research: 60%
  • Clinical Activities (Time attending clinics, shadowing, and/or OR observation): 20%
  • Didactics (Lab, DMT meetings, and/or other weekly conferences): 20%

Summer Fellowship Online Application