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Donor Recognition

The Play for P.I.N.K. Award

Area(s) of Focus

Electra D. Paskett, PhD, MSPH

Professor, School of Public Health
Division Chair, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Marion N. Rowley Designated Chair In Cancer
Department of Medicine
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Current Research

With BCRF support, Dr. Paskett’s research examines the role nutrients, food intake, exercise, medication adherence, and body weight have on breast cancer among women at high risk for this disease, and also survivorship issues. Currently there are four studies that are part of this BCRF-supported program. Manuscripts are under development for all studies. Dr. Paskett’s ultimate goal during 2013-2014 is to integrate her group’s pilot Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Cancer Survivor cohort into the newly funded larger WHI Cancer Survivor Cohort taking place at multiple institutions. Dr. Paskett and her colleagues will focus on obtaining outcomes data related to cancer treatment, new cancer events, and survivorship. They plan to develop an outcomes ascertainment unit to help collect data outcomes data on approximately 1,500 women, from the WHI Midwest region, who were diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer while participating in WHI.

Mid-Year Summary

Manuscripts are under development for all studies. Three of the projects have been completed. Dr. Paskett’s team is integrating the fourth pilot project entitled “Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Cancer Survivor Cohort” into the larger newly-funded WHI cancer survivor study, and these participants in the pilot study will continued to be followed as part of the larger cohort.


Electra Paskett received her undergraduate degree in biology and a Master's of Science Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology and Health Services Research from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1989, she joined the faculty of the Department of Public Health Sciences at what was then Bowman Gray School of Medicine, where she became an Associate Professor.

Dr. Paskett became the Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research in the Division of Epidemiology and Biometrics in the School of Public Health, Associate Director for Population Sciences and Co-Program Leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Ohio State University in January of 2002. She is also Director of the Diversity Enhancement Program at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Paskett is the chair of the Cancer Control and Health Outcomes Committee of Cancer And Leukemia Group B. She was active in several committees in North Carolina and the nation related to cancer control and the conduct of multi-center prevention studies. She was a member of the Psychosocial and Behavioral Research, Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Cancer Society and served as chair of this review group during her final year.

She was also a member of the National Cancer Institute Initial Review Group-Subcommittee A for Cancer Center reviews. Dr. Paskett is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

Dr. Paskett's current research focuses on intervention research directed at cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship issues. She is the principal investigator of: a study investigating why women in Appalachia Ohio have high cervical cancer rates; a study testing an intervention to prevent lymphedema in breast cancer patients; a study testing a stepped intervention to improve colorectal cancer screening; a study to examine the efficacy of patient navigations; and a study examining issues long-term breast cancer survivors face.

In addition, Dr. Paskett is serving as the President of the American Society for Preventive Oncology, and is also the first chair of the Cancer Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA).