CHDS welcomes Jenny Spencer, a postdoctoral fellow in the Training for Oncology Populations Sciences (TOPS) program. Dr. Spencer graduated from the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina this May with a PhD in Health Policy and Management, concentrating in Decision Sciences. Her doctoral work focused on incorporating a health equity perspective into decision modeling studies, with a focus on HPV vaccination and HPV cancer. Her dissertation evaluated how disparities between high- and low-poverty US counties may shift as a result of HPV vaccination, and identified cost-effective strategies to further reduce HPV cancer rates in high poverty settings.
Jenny is excited to continue this work as part of CHDS under the mentorship of CHDS faculty, Dr. Jane Kim. A primary focus of her time in the TOPS fellowship will be developing an expanded HPV transmission model to better incorporate sexual minority populations in HPV vaccine decision-making. Led by Dr. Deborah Schrag and Dr. Nancy Keating, TOPS is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship based at Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The goal of the fellowship is to provide training and mentorship to postdoctoral researchers interested in cancer outcomes and cancer care quality.
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