Moffitt Cancer Center Appoints New Associate Center Director For Population Science

January 25, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed Paul Jacobsen, Ph.D., as the associate center director for Population Science. He joins the three other associate center directors for Basic Science, Clinical Investigations and Translational Research, who all report to Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H., executive vice president and director of the Moffitt Research Institute.

Jacobsen demonstrated outstanding leadership as program leader and department chair of Health Outcomes & Behavior and director of the Survey Methods Core, and he has an international reputation for his research, Sellers said. “In addition, Paul is a dedicated mentor, and his service to the institution is extensive.”

Sellers also announced the appointments of Thomas Brandon, Ph.D. as the new chair and program leader for Health Outcomes & Behavior; Anna Giuliano, Ph.D., as the director of the Center for Infection Research in Cancer, Moffitt’s newest Comprehensive Research Center; and Kathleen Egan, Sc.D., as interim program leader of Cancer Epidemiology.

“I am honored to serve as associate center director for Population Science,” Jacobsen said. “Faculty members in the Division of Population Science are highly regarded by their peers for the cutting-edge research they conduct on the prevention, detection and control of cancer. Their accomplishments are a reflection of their exceptional abilities as well as the outstanding scientific environment that exists at the Moffitt Cancer Center.”

Jacobsen received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. Upon completing post-doctoral training in psychosocial oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he was appointed to the professional staff. In 1994, he was recruited by Moffitt to direct the clinical and research programs in psychosocial oncology. He has authored more than 200 journal articles and is the recipient of numerous grants from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.

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Located in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania and two in Puerto Rico. Moffitt is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer.