Decision-Making Steering Committee


The charge of the Decision-Making Steering Committee is to produce an evidence-based research proposal to inform priority-setting efforts in decision science as they relate to the cancer control continuum (e.g., prevention, control, adaptation, recovery, etc.).

Specific goals include:

  1. Identify and classify the most pressing issues threatening the public health, which can be effectively addressed by decision science in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment.
  2. Convene small groups of expert researchers and health practitioners to contribute to the state of the science and collectively map out future directions.
  3. Translate the science and elucidate the potential relevance of decision-making research in real-world scenarios to improve the health and quality of life for patients and their caregivers.


The Behavioral Research Program, within the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, has established the Decision-Making Steering Committee to identify and promote research areas to advance public health with regard to behavior change and cancer prevention and control.

NCI Members

Jerry Suls, Committee Chair
Senior Scientist     
Behavioral Research Program
Mary O’Connell, Project Manager
Public Health Advisor
Behavioral Research Program

Kathleen Castro - Program Director, Outcomes Research Branch

Rebecca Ferrer - Program Director, Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch

Bradford Hesse - Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch

William Klein - Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program

Stephanie Land - Program Director, Tobacco Control Research Branch

Wendy Nelson - Program Director, Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch

External Expert Panel

External experts in decision science, who serve as health practitioners within diverse communities across the United States, will help to identify points in prevention, treatment, or recovery when significant decision-making challenges arise for the patient, their family, or health care professionals.


June 30, 2014 Webinar: Lung Cancer Screening and Self-Determination
Geoffrey C. Williams, MD, Ph.D. exit disclaimer
University of Rochester

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July 10, 2014 Webinar: The Challenge of Individualizing Treatments for Breast Cancer
Steven J. Katz, MD, M.P.H. exit disclaimer
University of Michigan

Webinar (WMV 59.7MB)
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July 30, 2014 Webinar: Standing Strong Against the Cancer Enemy: Cancer Control in Montana’s American Indians
Jeannine M. Brant, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, AOCN exit disclaimer
Billings Clinic, MT

Webinar (WMV 59.7MB)
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August 5, 2014 Webinar: Most Challenging Issues in Cancer Prevention in the Genome Era
Barbara Biesecker, Ph.D., MS, CGC exit disclaimer
Johns Hopkins University

Webinar (WMV 68.8MB)
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August 7, 2014 Webinar
Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS
Christiana Care, DE

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August 15, 2014 Webinar: Shifting Gears: The Transition from Curative to Palliative Treatment Goals
Paul Han, MD
Maine Medical Center

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September 12, 2014 Webinar: Lung Cancer Challenges for Patients/families and Physicians
Shakun Malik, MD
Thoracic Cancer Therapeutics
Clinical Investigational Branch

Webinar (WMV 42.6MB)
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