Marvella E Ford

Marvella E Ford

Dr. Ford is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she is Associate Director of Cancer Disparities at the National Cancer Institute-designated Hollings Cancer Center. She completed her undergraduate training at Cornell University and she completed her graduate and postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ford is a behavioral scientist with expertise in conducting cancer research in diverse populations of older adults. She is PI of an NIH/NCI-funded P20 center grant titled South Carolina Cancer Disparities Research Center (SC CaDRe) in collaboration with Dr. Judith Salley from South Carolina State University. The goal of the SC CaDRe, administered by the NIH/NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, is to expand cancer disparities research in South Carolina while cultivating a network of diverse cancer researchers. She was also PI of a recently concluded NIH/NCI R21 investigation titled “Optimizing Survivorship and Surveillance after Treatment for Colon Cancer.” In the R21 study, she and her colleagues, Drs. Jane Zapka and Katie Sterba, systematically investigated the role of multi-level factors on participation of colon cancer survivors in guideline-based post-treatment cancer surveillance and care. Dr. Ford is a Multiple PI, with Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, of a recently funded NIH/NCI Minority Based Community Oncology Research Program to enhance accrual of diverse participants to cancer research. Dr. Ford is also a Multiple PI, with Dr. Nestor Esnaola, of an NIH/NIMHD-funded R01 grant titled “Improving Resection Rates among African Americans with NSCLC.” The purpose of the study is to evaluate a strategy to rates of receipt of lung-directed therapy with curative intent among African Americans with early stage lung cancer. Dr. Ford is also a multiple project leader on a Department of Defense (DoD)-funded grant titled “Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness (SE VIEW, led by Drs. Sabra Slaughter and David Rivers).” The goal of the DoD study is to improve cancer screening, cancer knowledge, and knowledge of cancer clinical trials, among residents of the I-95 Corridor of South Carolina. Since 2009, Dr. Ford has led a DoD-funded undergraduate student summer research training program in collaboration with Claflin University, South Carolina State University, and Voorhees College. Most of the students have been accepted to graduate or professional schools. Dr. Ford co-coordinates a seminar series course in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is the author of more than 75 scientific articles and she is the co-author of an annotated bibliography on black American fathers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center, SC, USA


Editors: Marvella Ford & Dennis Watson Release Date: 10 Jan 2017
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