Dr. Karen Kayser

Professor Emeriti

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Each day an estimated 1,650 Americans are expected to die of cancer.  About 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year (ACS, 2017).  More than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer are alive today.

Dr. Kayser’s research focuses on 1) the understanding of interpersonal and cultural factors that influence the adjustment to cancer and 2) how to make system changes to improve the delivery of cancer prevention programs and psychosocial care to cancer patients and their caregivers. She conducts research on cancer-related stress with individuals, couples, and families both in the United States and internationally. Her recent research addresses the critical need for effective cervical cancer prevention programs for subpopulations that are at high risk for cervical cancer. Using a Community-based Participatory Research approach, she has launched two projects to prevent cervical cancer in rural Kentucky and in inner-city Louisville.

A Fulbright-supported sabbatical in 2018 gave Dr. Kayser the opportunity to work with psychologists and social workers at the Cancer Institute in Chennai (Madras), India. Her work focused on building the research capacity of the psycho-oncology services. To sustain her work in India, upon returning to the States, she formed a team of psychosocial researchers and using the telementoring model of ECHO®, they met with the Cancer Institute’s psycho-oncology staff bi-monthly for 12 video-conference sessions. Dr. Kayser believes that the ECHO® model is an effective way to translate and disseminate research into practice.