Melinda Stolley, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Melinda Stolley is a clinical psychologist and a professor of medicine of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MWC) in Milwaukee, where she serves in the Cancer Center as the associate director of prevention and control.

Prior to February 2015, Dr. Stolley was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and conducted health behavior research funded by the National Institutes of Health at the Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP).

While at IHRP, Dr. Stolley worked closely with African American survivors of breast cancer to develop and tailor a program to improve their health behaviors and outcomes after cancer treatment. With her last grant at IHRP, Dr. Stolley conducted a randomized trial of this community-based weight-loss intervention trial, called Moving Forward. Watch the video about this research, or learn more here. She also served as co-director of the Cancer Education and Career Development Program at IHRP, and directed the Diet and Behavior Shared Resource of the UIC Cancer Center.

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

Springfield S, Buscemi J, Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Zenk SN, Schiffer L, Sampson J, Jones Q, Murdock T, Davis I, Holland L, Watkins A, Odoms-Young A. A randomized pilot study of a community-based weight loss intervention for African-American women: Rationale and study design of Doing Me! Sisters Standing Together for a Healthy Mind and Body. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Jul;43:200-8. [See abstract.]

Anderson EE, Tejeda S, Childers K, Stolley MR, Warnecke RB, Hoskins KF. Cancer risk assessment among low-income women of color in primary care: a pilot study. J Oncol Pract. 2015 Jul;11(4):e460-7. [See abstract.]

Sheean P, Kabir C, Rao R, Hoskins K, Stolley M. Exploring diet, physical activity and quality of life in females with metastatic breast cancer: a pilot study to support future intervention. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Oct;115(10):1690-8. [See abstract.]

Buscemi J, Blumstein L, Kong A, Stolley ML, Schiffer L, Odoms-Young A, Bittner C, Fitzgibbon ML. Retaining traditionally hard to reach participants: lessons learned from three childhood obesity studies. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Apr 3;42:98-104. [See abstract.]

Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Tangney CC, Schiffer LA, Arroyo C, Kim Y, Campbell RT, Schmidt ML, Breen K, Kinahan KE, Dilley KJ, Henderson TO, Korenblit AD, Seligman K. Health behaviors of minority childhood cancer survivor. Cancer. 2015 May 15;121(10):1671-80. Epub 2015 Jan 6. [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;8(3):349-54. [See abstract.]

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;38(2):355-60. [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;38(4):766-72.  [See abstract.]

Sharp LK, Carvalho P, Southward M, Schmidt ML, Jabine LN, Stolley MR, Gerber BS. Electronic personal health records for childhood cancer survivors: an exploratory study. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2014;3(3):117-122. [See abstract.]

Kong A, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Odoms-Young AM, Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML. Systematic review of behavioural interventions with culturally adapted strategies to improve diet and weight outcomes in African American women. Obes Rev. 2014 Oct;15 Suppl 4:62-92. [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.