Caryn E. Peterson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Caryn E. Peterson is a research assistant professor of epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health and co-director of the UIC Cancer Education and Career Development Program funded by the National Cancer Institute and based at the Institute for Health Research and Policy.

She earned her doctorate in epidemiology from the UIC School of Public Health. Her dissertation discussed "The Survival Disparity in Black and White Women with Ovarian Cancer: The Role of Mediators and Contextual Factors."

Dr. Peterson's epidemiologic research is related to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes. Her research focuses primarily on gynecologic cancers and the effects of individual-level characteristics and area-level socioeconomic factors on racial and ethnic disparities in cancer-specific survival.  Most recently, Dr. Peterson extended her research to examine determinants of racial disparities in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Peterson CE, Gordon SC, Le Hew CW, Dykens JA, Jefferson GD, Tampi MP, Urquhart O, Lingen M, Watson KS, Buscemi J, Fitzgibbon ML. Society of Behavioral Medicine position statement: Society of Behavioral Medicine supports oral cancer early detection by all healthcare providers. Transl Behav Med. 2018 Jul 11. doi: 10.1093/tbm/iby075.

Peterson CE, Khosla S, Jefferson GD, Davis FG, Fitzgibbon ML, Freels S, Johnson TP, Hoskins K, Joslin CE. Measures of economic advantage associated with HPV-positive head and neck cancers among non-Hispanic black and white males identified through the National Cancer Database. Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 Jun;48:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2017.02.011.

Peterson CE, Dykens JA, Brewer NT, Buscemi J, Watson K, Comer-Hagans D, Ramamonjiarivelo Z, Fitzgibbon M. Society of Behavioral Medicine supports increasing HPV vaccination uptake: an urgent opportunity for cancer prevention. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Dec;6(4):672-675.

Beckmeyer-Borowko AB, Peterson CE, Brewer KC, Otoo MA, Davis FG, Hoskins KF, Joslin CE. The effect of time on racial differences in epithelial ovarian cancer (OVCA) diagnosis stage, overall and by histologic subtypes: a study of the National Cancer Database. Cancer Causes Control. 2016 Oct;27(10):1261-71. doi: 10.1007/s10552-016-0806-6.

Peterson CE, Khosla S, Chen LF, Joslin CE, Davis FG, Fitzgibbon ML, Freels S, Hoskins K. Racial differences in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas among non-Hispanic black and white males identified through the National Cancer Database (1998-2012). J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2016 Jun 1. doi: 10.1007/s00432-016-2182-8.

Brewer KC, Peterson CE, Davis FG, Hoskins K, Pauls H, Joslin CE. The influence of neighborhood socioeconomic status and race on survival from ovarian cancer: a population-based analysis of Cook County, Illinois. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Aug;25(8):556-63. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2015.03.021.

Peterson CE, Rauscher GH, Johnson TP, Kirschner CV, Freels S, Barrett RE, Kim S, Fitzgibbon ML, Joslin CE, Davis FG. The effect of neighborhood disadvantage on the racial disparity in ovarian cancer-specific survival in a large hospital-based study in Cook County, Illinois. Front Public Health. 2015 Jan 22;3:8. [See abstract.]

Joslin CE, Brewer KC, Davis FG, Hoskins K, Peterson CE, Pauls HA. The effect of neighborhood-level socioeconomic status on racial differences in ovarian cancer treatment in a population-based analysis in Chicago. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Nov;135(2):285-91. [See absract.]

Peterson CE, Rauscher GH, Johnson TP, Kirschner CV, Barrett RE, Kim S, Fitzgibbon ML, Joslin CE, Davis FG. The association between neighborhood socioeconomic status and ovarian cancer tumor characteristics. Cancer Causes Control. 2014 May;25(5):633-7.  Epub 2014 Feb 16. [See abstract.]