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Judith Carroll, Ph.D.
Research performed at: UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Specialty/Research Area: Breast Cancer
Award Year: 2016
Career Summary: Dr. Judith E. Carroll is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David School of Medicine, UCLA. She is a member of the JCCC Patients and Survivors Program area (http://www.cancer.ucla.edu/research/research-programs/patients-and-survivors) and faculty of the Norman Cousins Center for psychoneuroimmunology (http://www.semel.ucla.edu/cousins). She has developed a line or research examining behavioral factors that contribute to accelerated aging and the concomitant biological processes that link behaviors with disease risk. She received her Ph.D. in 2010 in Biological and Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), and completed a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA postdoctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology at the Norman Cousins Center at UCLA in 2013. 
 
Year STOP CANCER Award was received: 2016 Marni Levine Memorial RCDA

Description of research performed: Dr. Carroll’s current research seeks to address current gaps in our understanding of why breast cancer survivors are at increased risk for secondary health problems and reduced life expectancy compared to similarly aged women without a history of breast cancer. This work will examine unique individual behavioral vulnerability that directly impacts biological aging, and ultimately influences the long term health and well-being of breast cancer survivors. From this research, important naturalistic and intervention studies will be developed to address behavioral factors, such as depression and sleep disturbances, with the goal of directly improving the health and well-being of breast cancer survivors.

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