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Grantee Spotlight: Jessie Satia

Jessie A. Satia, PhD, MPH Jessie A. Satia, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology
Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
2209 McGavran Greenberg Hall, CB-7461
phone: (919) 843-3641
fax: (919) 966-7216

Dr. Jessie A. Satia was recently promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, School of Public Health (SPH), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also Special Assistant to the Dean of the SPH for Diversity. Dr. Satia has a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in Seattle.

As a nutritional and cancer epidemiologist, the overarching theme of Dr. Satia's research is cancer health disparities and falls into four broad categories: cancer etiology, nutritional epidemiology (dietary assessment), minority participation in research studies, and cancer survivorship. She conducts research to study relationships between various dietary factors (including dietary supplements) and colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer risk, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic disparities. She is also interested in the development of simple and practical dietary assessment tools that are adaptable to diverse ethnic and racial populations and in the use of nutrient biomarkers in diet and cancer research. In addition, Dr. Satia's research includes studying various methods and strategies to recruit African Americans into research studies for cancer prevention and control. Finally, an emerging area of research interest is in assessing and monitoring trends in health-related behaviors among colon and prostate cancer survivors.

Dr. Satia is the author of over 54 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, and has presented her research at numerous professional meetings and as an invited speaker all over the world, including Africa and Asia. She has received grant funding from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Department of Defense. In particular, Dr. Satia received a K-22 (NCI Career Development Transition Award) that was administered through the Center (formerly the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch).

Dr. Satia is the recipient of several professional honors and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She was recently appointed to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and Public Health Reports Board of Editors.

Dr. Satia is also the Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Public Health for Diversity. Her role is to develop strategies to increase minority faculty recruitment and retention, and assist with increasing minority student enrollment throughout the UNC School of Public Health.

Updated: 01/10/14