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Shawna V.Hudson, PhD

Shawna HudsonAssistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine, Research Division
Director of Community Research
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Phone: 732-743-3274
Fax:   732-235-6354


Dr. Shawna Hudson, a medical sociologist, is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Director of Community Research for The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).  She is also an Adjunct Associate Member of the Division of Population Science at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Dr. Hudson earned her B.A. in 1992 from Rutgers College and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2001. She completed her post doctoral training in 2002 through a fellowship from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. She was selected as a Fellow of the Moffitt Cancer Center Cancer, Culture and Literacy Institute (2003) and recently was a fellow at the National Cancer Institute in their Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course sponsored by the Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program (2009). At CINJ, Dr. Hudson is a member of the population science program and serves on its steering committee.  She oversees CINJ’s developing survey research and qualitative methods shared resource and serves as a member of CINJ’s Scientific Review Board as well as an advisor to the Office of Human Research Subjects. Dr. Hudson is a mixed methods researcher and has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research approaches.  Her published qualitative research studies have focused on exploring cancer disparities in treatment and screening settings.  Her quantitative research examines determinants of preventive cancer screening in primary care settings and organizational factors in primary care practices that facilitate increased use of evidence based guidelines.  Dr. Hudson’s research has been published in a number of journals including Medical Care, Cancer Detection and Prevention, and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. She is currently conducting an NCI and DOD funded depth interview study that explores new and long-term cancer survivors’ follow-up cancer care seeking patterns and their decision making regarding use of oncologists versus primary care physicians.

Curriculum Vitae


  • BA,  Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 09/1988 – 05/199
  • MA, Sociology Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 09/1992 – 10/1995
  • Certificate, Women’s Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 09/1994 – 10/1995
  • PhD, Sociology Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2001 10/1995 – 01/2001

Awards and Honors

  • 2009 - National Cancer Institute, Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course
    Fellow, Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program, July 2009
  • 2008-2013 -  National Cancer Institute, Career Development Award to Promote Diversity
  • 2008 -  National Cancer Institute, Workshop on Behavioral Methodologies in Cancer Research
    for Underrepresented Investigators Scholar
  • 2006  - American Cancer Society/American Association for Cancer Research, Cancer Research Scholarship for Behavioral Scientists to attend AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, November 2006
  • 2003-2004 - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Cancer Culture and Literacy Institute Fellow,
  • 1996      Gerontological Society of America, Minority Pre-doctoral Leadership Development Program in Aging
  • 1994-1997  National Institutes of Health/National Institutes of Aging, Research Supplement for Minority
    Graduate Research Assistants
  • 1993/1994 - American Sociological Association, Honors Program
  • Rutgers University, Trustees Fellowship
  • 1992 - Rutgers University, Sociology Department Highest Honors
  • 1989 -1991 - Rutgers University, Rutgers College Dean’s List, Fall 1989 - Fall 1991
  • 1988-1992 - Rutgers University, James Dickson Carr Scholarship

Professional Service

  • National Cancer Institute Subcommittee J - Population and Patient Oriented Training
  • National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
  • 06/2008-06/2009 Ad-hoc reviewer
  • 09/2009-06/2011 Permanent member

Current Research Projects

  • National Cancer Institute, Research and Training Grant # K01-CA131500-01A1, Life After Cancer: Examining Survivor Transitions From Specialist to Primary Care, $643,361, 08/01/08-07/31/2013, Principal Investigator

Using a combination of interviewing and survey research methodologies, the proposed studies build on each other to (1) explore early stage breast and prostate cancer survivors' attitudes toward primary care for follow-up cancer screening and (2) develop and validate a survey to be implemented in a study that describes primary care usage and assesses cognitive-affective, patient support and demographic factors that affect how survivors use specialists and primary care physicians for follow-up care.

  • National Cancer Institute, Enhancing Colorectal Cancer Screening through Learning Teams, $3,046,575, 07/01/2005-04/30/2010, Co-Investigator/Outcomes Coordinator

The major goal of this grant is to test a tailored practice level intervention strategy to improve the delivery of preventive colorectal cancer screening in primary care settings.  A group randomized clinical trial of practices is being used to test the intervention.

American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grant # 07-291-01CPHPS, Factors of Racially Disparate Breast Cancer Treatment, $669,000, 07/01/07-06/30/11, Co-investigator

The specific aims of the study are to determine if racial differences exist in the treatment of early breast cancer between African American and White women and examine differences in delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation.

In the News 

Research Shows More Guidance Needed for Cancer Survivors Transitioning Back to Primary Care

Study Examines Needs of Cancer Survivors When Specialized Care No Longer Required

Selected publications

  • Hudson S, Momperousse D, Leventhal H. Physician perspectives on cancer clinical trials and barriers to minority recruitment. Cancer Control. Nov 2005;12 Suppl 2:93-96.
  •  Hudson S, Harris-Haywood S, Stange K, Orzano A, Crabtree B. Recruiting minority primary care practices into practice-based research. Med Care. Jul 2006;44(7):696-700.
  • Huddson SV, Ohman-Strickland P, Cunningham R, Ferrante JM, Hahn K, Crabtree BF. The effects of teamwork and system support on colorectal cancer screening in primary care practices. Cancer Detect Prev. 2007;31(5):417-423.
  •  Ferrante JM, Ohman-Strickland P, Hahn KA, Hudson SV, Shaw EK, Crosson JC, Crabtree BF. Self-report versus medical records for assessing cancer-preventive services delivery. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. Nov 2008;17(11):2987-2994.
  •  Natale-Pereira A, Marks J, Vega M, Mouzon D, Hudson S, Salas-Lopez D. Barriers and facilitators for colorectal cancer screening practices in the latino community: perspectives from community leaders. Cancer Control. Apr 2008;15(2):157-165.
  • Hudson SV, Chubak J, Coups EJ, et al. Identifying key questions to advance research and practice in cancer survivorship follow-up care: a report from the ASPO Survivorship Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. Jul 2009;18(7):2152-2154.
  •  Hudson SV, Hahn KA, Ohman-Strickland P, Cunningham RS, Miller SM, Crabtree BF. Breast, colorectal and prostate cancer screening for cancer survivors and non-cancer patients in community practices. J Gen Intern Med. Nov 2009;24 Suppl 2:S487-490.
  • Hudson SV, Ohman-Strickland P, Ferrante JM, Lu-Yao G, Orzano AJ, Crabtree BF. Prostate-specific antigen testing among the elderly in community-based family medicine practices. J Am Board Fam Med. May-Jun 2009;22(3):257-265.