Melinda Stolley, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Stolley is an associate professor of medicine in the Section of Health Promotion Research in the Department of Medicine of the UIC College of Medicine. A clinical psychologist, she co-directs the Diet and Behavior Shared Resource of the University of Illinois Cancer Center and the Cancer Education and Career Development Program.

Dr. Stolley is conducting a study called Moving Forward, a community-based weight-loss intervention trial for African-American women. Women interested in participating in this research study can call 312-996-6880 for more information. Watch the video about this research, or learn more here.

Research Interests

Dr. Stolley’s research interests primarily focus on cancer survivorship with a special emphasis on underserved populations. Relatedly,she develops and conducts lifestyle interventions to promote health among survivors. An additional interest is the prevention of obesity among young children.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Stolley ML, Blumstein L, Schiffer L, Berbaum ML, McCaffrey J, Montoya AM, Braunschweig C, Fitzgibbon ML. Adaptation and dissemination of an evidence-based obesity prevention intervention: design of a comparative effectiveness trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jul;38(2):355-60. [See abstract.]

Seltzer ED, Stolley MR, Mensah EK, Sharp LK. Social networking site usage among childhood cancer survivors - a potential tool for research recruitment? J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Kaiser K, Cameron KA, Curry G, Stolley M. Black women's awareness of breast cancer disparity and perceptions of the causes of disparity. J Community Health. 2013 Aug;38(4):766-72.  [See abstract.]

Tejeda S, Darnell JS, Cho YI, Stolley MR, Markossian TW, Calhoun EA. Patient barriers to follow-up care for breast and cervical cancer abnormalities. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Jun;22(6):507-17. Epub 2013 May 14. [See abstract.]

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Kong A, Braunschweig CL, Gomez-Perez SL, Odoms-Young A, Van Horn L, Kaufer Christoffel K, Dyer AR. Family-based Hip-Hop to Health: outcome results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Feb;21(2):274-83. [See abstract.]

Sheean PM, Hoskins K, Stolley M. Body composition changes in females treated for breast cancer: a review of the evidence. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Oct;135(3):663-680. [See abstract.]

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer LA, Braunschweig CL, Gomez SL, Van Horn L, Dyer AR. Hip-Hop to Health Jr. Obesity Prevention Effectiveness Trial: Postintervention Results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 May;19(5):994-1003. [See abstract.]

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Sharp LK, Singh V, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): 18-month results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Dec;18(12):2317-2325. [See abstract.]

Stolley, M. R., Restrepo, J., Sharp, L.K. Diet and physical activity in childhood cancer survivors: a review of the literature. Ann Behav Med. 2010 Jun;39(3):232-49.

Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Arroyo C, Ruffin C, Restrepo J, Campbell R. Design and recruitment of the Chicago Healthy Living Study: a study of health behaviors in a diverse cohort of adult childhood cancer survivors. Cancer. 2009 Sep 4;115(S18):4385-4396. [See abstract.]

Gerber BS, Stolley MR, Thompson AL, Sharp LK, Fitzgibbon ML. Mobile phone text messaging to promote healthy behaviors and weight loss maintenance: a feasibility study. Health Informatics J. 2009 Mar;15(1):17-25. [See abstract.]

Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML, Schiffer L, Sharp LK, Singh V, Van Horn L, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): Six-month Results. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Jan;17(1):100-6. [See abstract.]

Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Oh A, Schiffer L. A weight loss intervention for African American breast cancer survivors, 2006. Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Jan;6(1):A22. [See abstract.]

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Sharp L, Singh V, Van Horn L, Dyer A. Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial (ORBIT): design and baseline characteristics. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Sep;17(7):1099-110.

Sharp LK, Kinahan KE, Didwania A, Stolley M.  Quality of life in adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2007;24(4):220-226.

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Ganschow P, Schiffer L, Wells A, Simon N, Dyer A. Faith on the Move: A faith-based pilot weight loss intervention for Black women. J Natl Med Assoc. 2006;96, 76-86.

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR. Promoting health in an unhealthful environment: lifestyle challenges for children and adolescents. J Am Dietetic Assoc. 2006;106, 518-522.

Sanchez-Johnsen L, Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML. Diet, physical activity and breast health intervention for Latina women. Hispanic Health Care Int. 2006;4(2):104-110.

Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Wells AM, Simon N, Schiffer L. Health behaviors and breast cancer: experiences of urban African-American women. Health Educ Behav. 2006;33:604-624.

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Schiffer L, Sanchez-Johnson L, Wells AM, Dyer A. A combined breast health/weight loss intervention for Black women. Prev Med. 2005 Apr;40(4):373-83.

Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR. Environmental changes may be needed for prevention of overweight in minority children. Pediatr Ann. 2004 Jan;33(1):45-9.

Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML, Wells A, Martinovich Z. Addressing multiple breast cancer risk factors in African-American women. J Natl Med Assoc. 2004 Jan;96(1):76-86.

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow