Director, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences
Andrew L. Sussman, PhD, MCRP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received both his Ph.D. (Cultural Anthropology) and M.C.R.P. (Community and Regional Planning) at the University of New Mexico. He completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Sussman has designed and led numerous qualitative and mixed method research studies. His research focuses on primary health care service delivery and patient-provider counseling dynamics among health disparity populations in New Mexico. He has conducted much of this work through RIOS Net, a primary care practice-based research network located in the Department of Family and Community Medicine for which he now serves as the Director. Through RIOS Net, he has developed and received institutional and extramural funding to conduct research in a range of topical areas including cancer prevention, substance use disorders, complementary and alternative medicine and obesity/diabetes prevention. Given this focus, he has extensive experience in participatory and community engaged approaches to research. Dr. Sussman has several complementary roles in the UNM Cancer Center including serving as Project Director of the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program and is also the NCORP Cancer Care Delivery Research Lead. He has over 50 publications in these research areas and also teaches qualitative research design in the Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program.
Associate Director, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences
Dolores D. Guest, PhD, RD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventative Medicine (DOIM) and the Associate Director of the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC). She received her Ph.D. (Nutritional Sciences, 2009) and completed her dietetic internship (Registered Dietitian, R.D., 2009) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She completed two additional years in post-doctoral training in the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at UIUC as well as at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Guest has designed and led several qualitative research studies in a number of areas including Parkinson’s disease, pain management, and women’s health and body composition. She has conducted this research with a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse groups, including Alaska Natives and Native Americans. Her research has focused on lifestyle influences in combination with genetic variability on disease development, recovery and subsequent quality of life. Given the diversity of her previous work, she brings a broad skill set to the Shared Resource, including grant and IRB application preparation, direct clinical and community engagement, study design and execution, and database development and management expertise. She is the project director for the Ventanilla de Salud program in partnership with the Mexican government at the Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque. She has been at the UNMCCC since 2014 where she has supported over a dozen cancer-focused population-based research studies through project management, pre-award and study design assistance, and regulatory support.
Science Research Manager, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences
Joe Rodman is the Science Research Manager with BMPS. Joe provides day-to-day management of BMPS personnel, projects, communication, planning, and budget considerations. He also directly supports a number of research studies for BMPS by providing project management, personnel oversight, qualitative analysis, recruitment development, survey instrument development, direct clinical and community collaboration, and regulatory support. Joe first came to UNM to work as a project manager for an NIH R01 grant with UNMCCC that focused on mitigating fatigue among prostate cancer survivors. Prior to his work at UNM and BMPS, Joe conducted social and behavioral science research for the US Army for three years. He also spent two years working in Afghanistan—one year conducting qualitative field research in support of the US Army and another year managing a number of community development and governance projects for USAID. Preceding this, Joe proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda in support of local health education and organizational development initiatives. He brings to BMPS significant management and research experience working with and for diverse teams, organizations, communities, and cultures. He is excited to support BMPS’s core mission of developing and implementing cancer-focused population science and patient-centered research with New Mexico’s vibrant communities. Joe earned a Master’s degree from Indiana University’s Department of Geography, where he focused on migration and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
Biostatistician, Biostatistics Shared Resource
Tawny Boyce joined the Biostatistics Shared Resource early in 2015 and shares a portion of her time with Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at UNMCCC. In 2010, she earned a dual Master’s degree from Tufts University focusing on epidemiology, biostatistics and nutrition. She has prior experience as a quantitative epidemiologist/biostatistician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. She has experience with large population datasets used to illustrate health disparities in chronic conditions and health behaviors, including people with disabilities and older adults. Ms. Boyce also has knowledge of data management and analysis of longitudinal observational clinical data for use in publications and presentations for a wide range of audiences. She has used clinical, behavioral, and quality of life data to assess health outcomes and promote disease prevention across the lifespan. Services through BMPS include 1) Case report form design and development 2) Database design and development (i.e. REDCap) 3) Data management plans and standard operating procedures.