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

Mirza M, Krischer A, Stolley M, Magaña S, Martin M. Review of parental activation interventions for parents of children with special health care needs. Child Care Health Dev. 2018 May;44(3):401-426.

Buscemi J, Pugach O, Springfield S, Jang J, Tussing-Humphreys L, Schiffer L, Stolley MR, Fitzgibbon ML. Associations between fiber intake and Body Mass Index (BMI) among African-American women participating in a randomized weight loss and maintenance trial. Eat Behav. 2018 Apr;29:48-53.

Sheean P, Arroyo C, Woo J, Schiffer L, Stolley M. Prevalence and predictors of low serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D among female African-American breast cancer survivors. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2018 Apr;118(4):568-577.

Stolley MR, Beyer K, Gann P, Sheean P. Context is key in addressing obesity and lifestyle in diverse populations of cancer survivors. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 Nov;25 Suppl 2:S25-S26.

Stolley M, Sheean P, Gerber B, Arroyo C, Schiffer L, Banerjee A, et al. Efficacy of a weight loss intervention for African American breast cancer survivors. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Aug 20;35(24):2820-2828.

Sheean P, Liang H, Schiffer L, Arroyo C, Stolley M. Examining the prevalence of metabolic syndrome among overweight/obese African-American breast cancer survivors vs. matched non-cancer controls. J Cancer Surviv. 2017 Feb;11(1):102-110.

Buscemi J, Berlin KS, Rybak TM, Schiffer LA, Kong A, Stolley MR, et al. Health behavior and weight changes among ethnic and racial minority preschoolers and their parents: associations across 1 year. J Pediatr Psychol. 2016 Aug;41(7):777-785.

Rauscher GH, Campbell RT, Wiley EL, Hoskins K, Stolley MR, Warnecke RB. Mediation of racial and ethnic disparities in estrogen/progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer by socioeconomic position and reproductive factors. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 May 15;183(10):884-893.

Kong A, Buscemi J, Stolley MR, Schiffer LA, Kim Y, Braunschweig CL, Gomez-Perez SL, Blumstein LB, Van Horn L, Dyer AR, Fitzgibbon ML. Hip-Hop to Health Jr. randomized effectiveness trial: 1-year follow-up results. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Feb;50(2):136-144.

Sheean P, Liang H, Schiffer L, Arroyo C, Troy K, Stolley M. Assessing the prevalence of compromised bone health among overweight and obese African-American breast cancer survivors: a case-control study. J Cancer Surviv. 2016 Feb;10(1):21-30.

Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Fantuzzi G, Arroyo C, Sheean P, Schiffer L, Campbell R, Gerber B. Study design and protocol for Moving Forward: a weight loss intervention trial for African-American breast cancer survivors. BMC Cancer. 2015 Dec 29;15:1018.

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):1690-1698.

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-e467.

Springfield S, Buscemi J, Fitzgibbon ML, Stolley MR, Zenk SN, Schiffer L, et al. 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;43:200-208.

Stolley MR, Sharp LK, Tangney CC, Schiffer LA, Arroyo C, Kim Y, et al. Health behaviors of minority childhood cancer survivor. Cancer. 2015 May 15;121(10):1671-1680.

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.

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.

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.

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):766-772.

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.

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 articles published by Dr. Stolley before 2014 on PubMed.