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Project Investigator Biography

Terrance L. Albrecht, Ph.D. Terrance L. Albrecht, Ph.D.

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Hudson-Webber Cancer Research Center (534)
4100 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201
phone: (313) 576-8262
fax: (313) 576-8270

Dr. Terrance L. Albrecht is the Program Leader for the Communication and Behavioral Oncology Program, Assistant Program Leader for the Population Studies and Prevention Program, Director of the new Behavioral and Field Research Core, and Principal Investigator of the Cancer Information Service Partnership Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. She is also a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Author of 4 books and more than 125 scientific publications and papers, Dr. Albrecht is an expert in social marketing and health communication, with considerable experience in the expanding field of health communication research. Much of her early work focused on social network analysis as an approach to examining human stress, social support, and organizational processes. Her current R01 and R21 research funding from the National Cancer Institute includes studies of patient-physician-family communication processes and decisions to enter clinical trials; pediatric cancer patients' and their caregivers' physiological and behavioral coping with invasive procedures; and methodological issues related to real-time capture of observational and self-report data.

Dr. Albrecht earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication, a second master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations (MLIR), and a Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University. She is a member of Delta Omega, the National Honorary Society for Public Health. Her other awards include the Presidential Prize from the American Association for Cancer Education and the University of South Florida's Professorial Excellence Program Award. She has been on editorial boards and served as a reviewer for several scientific research journals in health behavior and medicine, including the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and Social Science and Medicine. She also serves on a study section and other grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health and was invited to provide a congressional briefing on her cancer communication research in Washington, DC.

Updated: 06/03/13