Faculty Summaries
Suzanne M. Miller, PhD
Suzanne M. Miller, PhD
  • Director, Psychosocial and Biobehavioral Medicine Program
  • Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Office Phone: 215-728-4069
Lab Phone: 609-921-1297
Fax: 215-214-1651
Office: P4149
Research Interests
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  • Application of personalized behavioral principles to bridge the disparities betweeen the availability of groundbreaking cancer control technologies and the populations they are meant to serve, focusing on women and the underserved.
  • Psychosocial and coping profiles underlying information processing, health information processing, behaviorals outcomes and health outcomes.
  • Development and evaluation of tailored and targeted cancer prevention and control interventions for patients and survivors to facilitate decision making, promote behavior change, and enhance adaptation, using traditional and new technologies.
Description of research projects
Selected Publications
  1. Miller S.M., McDaniel S.H., Rolland J.S., & Feetham S.L. (Eds.) (2006). Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives. NY, NY: W.W. Norton.
  2. Miller S.M., Bowen, D.J., Croyle R.T., & Rowland, J.H. (Eds.) (2008). Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Science: A Resource for Researchers, Practitioners, and Policymakers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  3. Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Daly, M.B. and Scarpato, J. (2010). New Strategies in ovarian cancer: Uptake and experience of women at high risk of ovarian cancer who are considering risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy. Clinical Cancer Research. 16 (21), 5094-5106. PMCID: PMC 3107031.
  4. Wen, K.Y., Miller, S.M., Stanton, A., Fleisher, L., Morra, M.E., Jorge, A., Diefenbach, M.A., Ropka, M.E., & Marcus, A. (2012). The development and preliminary testing of a multimedia patient-provider survivorship communication module for breast cancer survivors. Patient Education and Counseling. 88, 344-49. PMCID: PMC 3419388.
  5. Buzaglo, J., Miller, S. M., Kendall, J., Stanton, A., Wen, K.Y., Scarpato, J., Zhu, F., Lyle, J. and Rowland, J. (2013). Evaluation of the Efficacy and Usability of NCI’s Facing Forward Booklet in the Cancer Community Setting. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Mar; 7(1) 63-73. NIHMSID: 445951. PMCID: PMC3626437.
  6. Hudson, S.V., Miller, S.M., Hemler, J., Ferrante, J. M., Lyle, J., Oeffinger, K.C., and DiPaola, R. S. (2012). Adult cancer survivor discuss follow-up in primary care “Not what I want, but maybe what I need”. Annals of Family Medicine. 10 (5): 418-27. PMCID: PMC3438209.
  7. Miller, S.M., Hudson, S., Egleston, B., Manne, S., Buzaglo, J., Devarajan, K., Fleisher, L., Millard, J., Solarino, N., Trinastic, J., & Meropol, N. (2013). The relationships among knowledge, self-efficacy, preparedness, decisional conflict and decisions to participate in a cancer clinical trial. Psycho-Oncology. Mar: 22(3): 481-489. PMCID: PMC 3374030.
  8. Miller S.M., Hui, A., Wen, K.Y., Scarpato, J., Zhu, F., Buzaglo, J. S., & Hernandez, E. (2013). Tailored telephone counseling to improve adherence to follow-up regimens after an abnormal pap smear among minority, underserved women. Patient Education and Counseling. (93); 486-495. NIHMSID: 523301. PMCID: PMC3852173.
  9. Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Scarpato, J., Wen, K.Y, Zhu, F., Roy, G. (2014). Randomized trial of print messaging: The role of the partner and monitoring style in promoting provider discussions about prostate cancer screening among AA Men. Psychooncology, Apr; 23(4) 404-411. PMCID: PMC4091779.
  10. Roussi, P. & Miller, S.M. (2014). Monitoring style of coping with cancer related threats: A review of the literature. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Oct: 37 (5): 931-954. NIHSMID: 555631 PMCID: PMC4136970.
  11. Wen, K.Y., Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Belton, T., Baman, J., Kilby, L., Hernandez, E. (2015). A content analysis of self-reported barriers and facilitators of preventing postpartum smoking relapse among a sample of current and former smokers in an underserved population. Health Education Research, Feb 30 (1): 140-151. PMCID: PMC4296888
  12. Hui, A., Miller, S.M., Wen, K-Y, Zhu, F., Li, T., Buzaglo, J., Hernandez, E. (2014) Psychosocial barriers to follow-up adherence after an abnormal pap smear result among low-income, inner-city women in the U.S. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, Oct; 5(4): 234-41.PMCID: PMC4169747.
  13. Miller, S.M. 14. Sherman, K., Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Taylor A. (2015). Factors predicting adherence to risk management behaviors of women at increased risk for developing lymphedema. Support Care in Cancer, 23, Issue 1. PMCID:PMC4270823.
  14. Miller, S.M., Hudson, S.V, Hui, SK A., Diefenbach, M.A., Fleisher, L., Raivitch, S., Belton, T., Roy, G., Njoku, A., Scarpato, J., Viterbo, R., Buyyounoski, M., Denlinger, C., Miyamoto, C., Reese A., and Baman, J. (2015). Development and preliminary testing of PROGRESS : A web-based education program for prostate cancer survivors transitioning from active treatment. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice. Feb 20 Epub ahead of print. DOI 10.1007/s11764-015-0431-5. NIHMSID: 681131 PMID: 25697335 Pub Med in Process.
  15. Lee, M., Miller, S.M., Wen, K-Y, Roussi, P., Hernandez E. (2015 in press). Cognitive-behavioral intervention to promote smoking cessation for pregnant and postpartum inner city women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, DOI: 10.1007/s10865-015-9669-7 Pub Med In Process.
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