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Cali Salafia presents research at the 2023 Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) annual meeting

Predoctoral fellow Cali Salafia

Predoctoral fellow Cali Salafia presented research conducted with Dr. Jennifer Hay on the topic of “Prospective changes in primary care patients’ family communication after skin cancer genetic test offer” at the SBM meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona in April. 




International Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer

Cali Salafia and Chicaiza
Dr. Jada Hamilton was the Bi-Annual Meeting Co-Chair for the 17th International Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer (IMPAHC) held at the National Cancer Institute in May. Predoctoral fellow Cali Salafia and Research Project Associate Anthony Chicaiza also attended the meeting. Cali Salafia’s abstract entitled “Impact of ambiguity aversion on genetic testing concerns following “mainstreaming” hereditary cancer multigene panel testing” won a Student Travel Award and the Best Poster Award. 


Dr. Malwina Lewicka graduates from the Research Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology

Dr. Malwina Lewicka
Dr. Malwina Lewicka presented on the topic of “The unsung catalysts of progress in research and innovation” at the June Bi-Annual Fellow’s Mid-Year Symposium. Her graduation from the fellowship was recognized by her mentors Drs. Jennifer Hay, Jada Hamilton, and Wendy Lichtenthal.




Dr. Jada Hamilton presents at the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR) Summer Meeting

Dr. Jada Hamilton and her doctoral mentor, Dr. Marci Lobel (Stony Brook University), presented on the topic of “Mentoring the Mentors” at the 2023 ABMR meeting in Banff, Alberta, Canada. They also had the chance to spend time with Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombé (UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing), another former doctoral student of Dr. Lobel.



Genomics, Risk, and Health Decision-Making Lab holiday celebration

cookie swap
To celebrate the winter holidays and conclusion of 2023, the GRHDM Lab members gathered for an in-person meeting and cookie swap. Everyone baked or bought their favorite seasonal treats to share.





Dr. Malwina Lewicka presented Science to Impact: Cultivating Innovation through Academic Entrepreneurship at 2023’s Bi-Annual Fellow’s Mid-Year Symposium




Dr. Malwina Lewicka was selected as a Fellow to participate in Bioentrepreneurship Initiative at Cornell University 2022/2023

The program offers tools, training and connections to guide scientists through the process of innovation marketing, and science-based startup design.

RPD Award
Clairiola Etienne was a second-place RPD winner

Research Project Associate Clairiola Etienne was selected as the second-place winner at the MSK Research Professionals Day (RPD) for her abstract entitled ‘Linguistic and cultural adaptation of English genetic educational materials for patients of Spanish and Haitian origin.’



CME Course
Dr. Hamilton presents at MSK CME 2022 course on Hereditary Cancer Genetics: Incorporation into Clinical Care

Dr. Hamilton presented on the topic of ‘Psychosocial Considerations in the Adoption of Genomic Testing Innovations’ as part of a new CME course offered by her colleagues in the MSK Clinical Genetics Service.



Dr. Kenneth Offit and Dr. Jada Hamilton were awarded an NHGRI R01 grant, “Digital Technology to Enhance Access to and Effectiveness of Cancer Genetic Counseling”

With this new project, Drs. Offit and Hamilton will assess the impact of a new cancer genetic counseling model that leverages the increasing digitization of healthcare on psychosocial, behavioral, and implementation outcomes. This will be achieved through a digitally-enhanced intervention to promote cascade testing for the at-risk relatives of probands with pathogenic/likely pathogenic variants, and the optimal follow-up care of those with a variant of uncertain significance.



NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow and Former Laboratory Member Jennifer Bowers Featured in the Washington Post

View the article here



Hamilton SBM
SBM Annual Meeting 

Dr. Jada Hamilton presented her work at a Symposium entitled “Family Communication of Secondary Germline Findings Indicating Inherited Cancer Risk that Arise from Tumor Genomic Profiling.”





Hay Fellowship
SBM Annual Meeting 

Drs. Jennifer Hay and Jamie Ostroff are elected as 2022 SBM Fellows. 






SBM 2022
SBM Annual Meeting 

Malwina Tuman, Jada Hamilton, Jennifer Hay, Marci Lobel (Stony Brook University) and Cali Salafia meet for dinner at the SBM Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. 






SBM Annual Meeting
Tuman SBM

Dr. Malwina Tuman presented her work at a poster session entitled “Associations Between Social COVID-19 Exposure and Psychological Functioning in the Early COVID-19 Period.”







Dr. Jada Hamilton was awarded a 5-year NCI Cancer Moonshot U01 grant, “Prospective Trial of a Linguistically and Culturally Appropriate Mainstreaming Model for Hereditary Cancer Multigene Panel Testing Among Diverse Cancer Patients”

Dr. Hamilton and her team, in partnership with Queens Cancer Center and Kings County Hospital Center will be developing, testing, and evaluating a linguistically and culturally appropriate mainstreaming model for hereditary cancer multigene panel testing among cancer patients diverse in race/ethnicity, language, and education. This project (U01 CA243644-01A1) will make a major contribution by transforming genetic counseling and testing practice, and promote effective risk communication, decision making, and more equitable delivery of genomic medicine.


Dr. Jennifer Hay featured in Beyond the Clinic: Living Well with Melanoma for AIM at Melanoma
AIM at Melanoma

View the interview here.





Dr. Malwina Tuman participated in her doctoral hooding ceremony.

Dr. Tuman’s hooding ceremony was held in September 2021 at Stony Brook University,

Malwina Tuman
as the 2020 ceremony had been postponed due to COVID. Congratulations Dr. Tuman!







Dr. Jada Hamilton’s publication in Genetics in Medicine 

Uptake and Acceptability of a Mainstreaming Model of Hereditary Cancer Multigene Panel Testing among Patients with Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancer

View the publication here.


Dr. Malwina Tuman featured in the Society of Behavioral Medicine HDM Trainee Spotlight

Dr. Tuman was featured in SBM’s June 2021 Health Decision Making Special Interest Group (SIG) newsletter, highlighting her work and accomplishments.

Tuman SBM







Dr. Jennifer Hay featured in MSK’s “Why Living with Thyroid Cancer Can Be Better than Treating It”
Active Surveillance

Dr. Hay shared her expertise on active surveillance. View the article here.



Dr. Malwina Tuman’s participation in SBM 2021
Tuman SBM

Dr. Tuman co-presented findings from a project entitled, “Risk Perception Research in the Era of COVID-19: A Multi-Faceted Investigation” as a part of Symposium at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, Virtual Conference, held from April 12- April 16, 2021.





Dr. Sigrid Carlsson’s publication in European Urology

Problems with Numbers in Decision Aids for Prostate-specific Antigen Screening: A Critical Review

View the publication here.


Dr. Jennifer Hay and the SOMBRA team’s publication in

Behavioral and Psychological Outcomes Associated with Skin Cancer Genetic Testing in Albuquerque Primary Care

View the publication here.




Genes, Environments and Melanoma Annual Meeting

Genes, Environments and Melanoma Annual Meeting

Dr. Jennifer Hay attended the annual Genes, Environments and Melanoma meeting that was held in Italy this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

HINTS Student Abstract Award

Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Jennifer Bowers

Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Jennifer Bowers, received the Bradford W. Hesse Commendation for Outstanding HINTS Student Abstract from the National Cancer Institute at the 2019 HINTS Conference.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

SBM Annual Meeting

Dr. Jada Hamilton and Ibrahim Shah

Dr. Jada Hamilton and Ibrahim Shah presented their work at a poster session.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


ACS Forum

Dr. Jada Hamilton attended The Future of Cancer Care: From Discovery to Delivery forum hosted by the American Cancer Society

Dr. Jada Hamilton attended The Future of Cancer Care: From Discovery to Delivery forum hosted by the American Cancer Society.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

REDCap Presentation

Jada Hamilton and Kechna Cadet

Kechna Cadet presented an informative talk to MSK staff on the REDCap informed consent process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

ASPO Annual Meeting

Jada Hamilton and Kechna Cadet

Dr. Jada Hamilton and Kechna Cadet presented their research at the ASPO annual meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

ASPO Annual Meeting

Stephanie Christian

Stephanie Christian presented a poster at the annual ASPO meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


SBM Annual Meeting


Dr. Jada Hamilton and Marguax Genoff Garzon presented their research at a poster session during the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s annual meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


MSK Research Professionals Week

Joy Westerman

Joy Westerman presented a poster at MSK’s Research Professionals Week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Stony Brook University 40 Under 40

Jada Hamilton

Dr. Jada Hamilton received the 40 Under 40 award from Stony Brook University.