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Photo of Jamie StudtsJamie L. Studts, Ph.D.

Department of Behavioral Science
127 Medical Behavioral Science Building
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, KY 40536-0086
Phone: (859) 323-0895
Fax:    (859) 323-5350
Email: jamie.studts@uky.edu

Research Description

Dr. Studts’ research interests span the spectrum of behavioral aspects of cancer prevention and control, ranging from prevention of tobacco dependence through evidence-based approaches to palliative care.  Recently, his primary research interests are focused in three areas: (1) cancer treatment decision-making; (2) benefits and consequences of participation in cancer screening programs; and (3) attitudes toward novel tobacco prevention and treatment approaches. With regard to cancer treatment decision-making, Dr. Studts has several ongoing studies exploring how quantitative communication influences the treatment decisions made by individuals recently diagnosed with cancer.  This research explores the utility of a variety of approaches to communicating treatment risks and benefits and the relative influence of numeracy on the treatment decision-making process.

2012 Accomplishments

Dr. Studts enjoyed a productive research, teaching and service year in 2012. With colleagues at Health Decision Technologies, Dr. Studts continued work on his Phase I SBIR grant from the NIDCR to study a novel point-of-care software package to promote implementation of evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies in dental care settings. He was also awarded a Phase I STTR grant from NIDA to develop and test a similar intervention for providers of pregnancy-related care. Together with his colleague, Dr. Margaret Byrne, he also continued work on an R21 from NCI examining attitudes toward lung cancer screening using conjoint analysis, leading to the development of a decision aid to support informed decision making regarding lung cancer screening. In collaboration with Dr. Jay Hayslip at the Markey Cancer Center, Dr. Studts conducted an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant program-funded pilot project involving the development and feasibility of an equine-focused survivorship program for young adults diagnosed with lymphoma or breast cancer. Recently, Dr. Studts received funding as a co-investigator from NIEHS with Dr. Ellen Hahn to conduct a randomized trial of a lung cancer prevention trial involving radon and nicotine testing. He continued and established several new collaborations, which led to numerous federal grant applications (i.e., NCI, NIDCR, NIEHS, and NINR). Dr. Studts had 4 peer-reviewed academic papers published in 2012 with 2 additional papers in press. In 2012, Dr. Studts made 4 invited talks, including 1 national, and 3 local presentations, as well as several poster presentations at national conferences. In the teaching domain, Dr. Studts directed and taught Interdisciplinary Protocol Development (BSC 732) with Dr. Knudsen, Psychosocial Oncology (BSC 773 with Dr. Andrykowski, served as a preceptor for Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and he mentored several graduate student students (chaired 1 doctoral dissertation committee and served on 10 additional graduate committees). Dr. Studts received the Abraham Flexner Award for Educational Innovation and Curriculum Development. With regard to service, Dr. Studts served as Co-Chair of the Quality of Life study section for the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, reviewed grants as an ad hoc member of the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention (PRDP) Study Section, and has been nominated to serve on PRDP as a standing member. He reviewed 13 manuscripts for scientific journals, abstracts for 5 academic conferences, and served on the editorial board for the journal Medical Decision Making. In 2012, Dr. Studts served as the Program Chair for the Society of Behavioral Medicine 2012 Annual Meeting, a meeting that set a new record for conference submissions and attendance, and received the C. Tracy Orleans Distinguished Service Award from SBM. Dr. Studts also served on the Nominating Committee for SBM. Dr. Studts was also a member of the program committee for the Shared Decision Making and Comparative Effectiveness Research Conference (R13-funded by AHRQ) as well as the Conjoint Analysis in Healthcare Conference. Dr. Studts continues to serve as the Science and Research Representative on the Kentucky Psychological Association Board of Directors. Dr. Studts participates in the Teaching, Education, and Mentoring group of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Curriculum Committee within the Department of Behavioral Science. He also continues to serve as a KPA Ambassador and is a member of the Survivorship Working Group of the Kentucky Cancer Control Consortium. Nationally, Dr. Studts completed his appointment to the Practitioner Advisory Council of the Evidence Based Behavioral Practice Project (sponsored by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research), and served as a Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer for the Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities program, a collaboration between the American Psychological Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research Funding

Principal Investigator,“Attitudes and Beliefs regarding Nicotine Vaccines as Treatment and Prophylaxis for Nicotine Dependence,” Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program (2006-2008).

Co-Investigator, “Telehealth Symptom Management in Head and Neck Cancer,” National Cancer Institute (2005-2007).

Principal Investigator, “Adjuvant Treatment Decision Making for Lung Cancer,” National Cancer Institute (2005-2008).

Principal Investigator, “Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Responses to Lung Cancer Screening,” Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program (2003-2008).

Principal Investigator, “Behavioral Oncology Clinic – Breast Program,” Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – Louisville Affiliate (2003-2007).

Co-Investigator, “Cancer as a Chronic Disease,” Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (2005-2006)

Representative Publications

Studts, J. L., Matera, E. L., Worth, C. T., Ghate, S. R., Miller, B. F., Thomas, S. D., & Sorrell, C. L. (In press). Tobacco cessation treatment knowledge, attitudes and practices of Kentucky physicians. Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association.

Studts, J. L., Ghate, S. R., Marmorato, J. L., Studts, C. R., Barnes, C. N., LaJoie, A. S., Andrykowski, M. A., & LaRocca, R. V. (2006). Validity of self-reported smoking status among participants in a lung cancer screening trial. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 15, 1825-1828.

Chagpar, A. B., Studts, J. L., Scoggins, C. R., Martin, R. C. G., Carlson, D. J., Laidley, A. L., El-Eid, S. E., McGlothin, T. E., Noyes, R. D., & McMasters, K. M. (2006). Factors associated with breast cancer surgical options. Cancer, 106, 1462-1466.

Martin, R. C. G., McGuffin, S. A., Roetzer, L. M., Abell, T. D., & Studts, J. L. (2006). Method of presenting oncology treatment outcomes influences patient treatment decision-making in metastatic colorectal cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 13, 86-95.

Studts, J. L., Abell, T. D., Roetzer, L. M., Albers, A. N., McMasters, K. M., & Chao, C. (2005). Preferences for different methods of communicating information regarding adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. Psycho-oncology, 14, 647-660.

Chao, C., Studts, J. L., Abell, T., Hadley, T., Roetzer, L., Dineen, S., Lorenz, D., YoussefAgha, A., McMasters, K. M. (2003). Adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer: How presentation of recurrence risk influences decision-making. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 21, 4299-4305.

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