Faculty Summaries
Carolyn Y. Fang, PhD
Carolyn Y. Fang, PhD
Associate Professor
  • Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health, College of Health Professions, Temple University
Office Phone: 215-728-4062
Fax: 215-728-2707
Office: 4th Floor, Young Pavilion
Biobehavioral Oncology and Health Disparities

Our laboratory aims to identify biobehavioral factors that influence cancer risk in a variety of populations. Guided by a biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course, we incorporate the use of comprehensive psychosocial assessments along with cutting-edge molecular techniques in our interdisciplinary research program. In particular, our laboratory has been focused on investigating biobehavioral mechanisms that may contribute to enhanced health outcomes in HPV-related cancers, such as cervical cancer and head and neck cancers. Other related projects examine cultural, psychosocial and environmental determinants of cancer health disparities in underserved Asian Americans. Together, these studies will lead to a greater understanding of how psychosocial, behavioral and biological factors interact to influence cancer risk and disease progression.

Description of research projects
Selected Publications
  1. Tseng M, Byrne C, Kurzer MS, Fang CY. Equol-producing status is associated with and modifies the association of isoflavones with breast density.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, in press.
  2. Fang CY, Egleston BL, Ridge JA, Lango MN, Bovbjerg DH, Studts JL, Burtness BA, Einarson MB, Klein-Szanto AJ. Psychosocial functioning and vascular endothelial growth factor in patients with head and neck cancer. Head & Neck, in press.
  3. Fang CY, Egleston BL, Manzur AM, Townsend RR, Stanczyk FZ, Spiegel D, Dorgan JF. Psychological reactivity to laboratory stress is associated with hormonal responses in postmenopausal women.  The Journal of International Medical Research, in press.
  4. Fang CY, Egleston BL, Gabriel KP, Stevens VJ, Kwiterovich PO, Snetselaar LG, Longacre ML, Dorgan JF. Depressive symptoms and serum lipid levels in young adult women.  J. Behav.Med. 36(2):143-52, 2013. PMC3376669.
  5. Kim HJ, Barsevick AM, Fang CY, Miaskowski C.  Common biological pathways underlying the psychoneurological symptom cluster in cancer patients.  Cancer Nursing, 35(6):E1-E20, 2012.
  6. Fang CY, Longacre ML, Manne SL, Ridge JA, Lango MN, Burtness BA. Informational needs of head and neck cancer patients. Health and Technology, 2(1);57-62, 2012. PubMed
  7. Longacre ML, Ridge JA, Burtness BA, Galloway TJ, Fang CY. (2012). Psychosocial functioning of caregivers for head and neck cancer patients. Oral Oncology, 48, 18-25. PubMed
All publications