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Carrie A. Cameron, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Associate Director, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX
Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

I serve as Associate Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. The purpose of my work is to build and diversify the cancer research workforce through extramurally-funded research, development, and implementation of advanced education and training programming. I serve as PI (multiple) for an NIGMS-funded R01 study focusing on the role of mentors in training their protégés in scientific communication skills, with emphasis on underrepresented populations and international junior scientists. The role of scientific communication skills in research career development goes beyond the production of written and spoken artifacts and plays a foundational role in the establishment of professional identity, in this case identity as a scientist. Our research has found that the acquisition of written and spoken scientific communication skills plays a significant role in shaping both trainees' identity and their intentions to persist in independent research careers, as well as increasing their overall productivity. The current phase of the project will elucidate the role of mentoring in fostering communication skills, with the goal of developing evidence-based interventions. Other research interest include publication ethics and responsible conduct of research, especially with respect to unintentional plagiarism, and the development of core competencies for interdisciplinary research.

Research Interests

Scientific communication, oral and written

Health scientist training and education

Career development for international science trainees


Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler
Unit Number: 1340
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: CPB7.3556

Education & Training


Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Anderson CB, Lee HY, Byars-Winston A, Baldwin CD, Cameron C, Chang S. Assessment of Scientific Communication Self-efficacy, Interest, and Outcome Expectations for Career Development in Academic Medicine. J Career Assess 24(1):182-196, 2/2016. e-Pub 1/2015. PMCID: PMC4764330.
2. Reeves KW, Tehranifar P, Crane TE, Ko LK, Cameron C, Hamilton JG, Lavigne JA, Reiter PL, Thomson CA. Job Talks and Interviews: How to Stand Out and Fit In: A Report from the American Society of Preventive Oncology Junior Members Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 25(1):224-5, 1/2016. PMID: 26762809.
3. Cameron C, Lee HY, Anderson C, Byars-Winston A, Baldwin CD, Chang S. The role of scientific communication skills in trainees’ intention to pursue academic careers in biomedical and behavioral research: A social cognitive analysis. CBE Life Sciences Education. e-Pub 12/2015. PMCID: PMC4710407.
4. Cameron C, Collie CL, Baldwin CD, Bartholomew LK, Palmer JL, Greer M, Chang S. The Development of Scientific Communication Skills: A Qualitative Study of the Perceptions of Trainees and Their Mentors. Acad Med 88(10):1499-506, 10/2013. PMCID: PMC3809893.
5. Cameron C, Collie CL, Chang S. Introducing Students to Cancer Prevention Careers through Programmed Summer Research Experiences. J Cancer Educ 27(2):233-42, 6/2012. e-Pub 12/2011. PMID: 22147335.
6. Chang S, Cameron C. Addressing the future burden of cancer and its impact on the oncology workforce: where is cancer prevention and control? J Cancer Educ 27(S2):S118-27, 5/2012. PMCID: PMC3316776.
7. Sulik GA, Cameron C, Chamberlain RM. The Future of the Cancer Prevention Workforce: Why Health Literacy, Advocacy, and Stakeholder Collaborations Matter. J Cancer Educ 27(S2):165-172, 5/2012. e-Pub 6/2012. PMID: 22311694.
8. Cameron C, Zhao H, McHugh MK. Perspective: Publication Ethics and the Emerging Scientific Workforce: Understanding "Plagiarism" in a Global Context. Acad Med 87(1):51-4, 1/2012. e-Pub 11/2011. PMID: 22104051.
9. Correa-Fernández V, Davila M, Kamrudin SA, Li DH, Noor SW, Oluyomi AO, Chang S, Cameron C. Educating Cancer Prevention Researchers in Emerging Bio-Behavioral Models: Lessons Learned. * indicates Co first authors. J Cancer Educ 26(4):633-640, 12/2011. e-Pub 7/2011. PMCID: PMC3221859.
10. Cameron C, Chang S, Pagel W. Scientific English: A Program for Addressing Linguistic Barriers of International Research Trainees in the United States. J Cancer Educ 26(1):72-8, 3/2011. PMID: 20623348.
11. Cameron C, Deming SP, Notzon B, Cantor SB, Broglio KR, Pagel W. Scientific writing training for academic physicians of diverse language backgrounds. Acad Med 84(4):505-510, 4/2009. PMID: 19318790.

Invited Articles

1. Cameron C. Bridging the Gap: Working Productively with ESL Authors. Science Editor 30(2):43-44, 2007.
2. Cameron C. Cultural Competence and Patient Safety. Focus on Patient Safety 2(3):3,6, 1999.


1. Faupel-Badger J, Cameron C, Chang S. Invigorating Cancer Prevention: Proposing Core Competencies in Cancer Prevention Research Training. J Cancer Educ 29(1):6-8, 3/2014. e-Pub 8/2013. PMCID: PMC3920057.
2. Cameron C, Soliman A, Chang S. Mentor, Educator, Friend: A Tribute to Robert Chamberlain. Journal of Cancer Education Workforce Supplement 27(S2):115-117, 6/2012.


1. Cameron C*, Chang S*, Chamberlain RM*, * indicates co-first authors. Raising Student Awareness of Cancer Prevention Careers. European Association Cancer Education 25th Annual Scientific Meeting, 3/2012.
2. Cameron, C. Cross-cultural Issues in Mentoring Early Career Cancer Researchers. European Association Cancer Education 25th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2012.
3. Cameron C, Collie CL, Anderson C, Bakken L, Baldwin C, Byars-Winston A, Chamberlain RM, Greer M, Pagel W, Palmer L, Passeretti A, Pfund C, Chang S, Collie, Anderson C, Bakken L, Baldwin C, Byars-Winston A, Chamberlain RM, Greer M, Pagel W, Palmer L, Passeretti A, Pfund C, Chang S. Developing Scientific Communication Skills: Diverging Mentor and Trainee Perspectives. AACE Buffalo NY, 9/2011.
4. Zhao H, Carnes K, Cameron C, Chang S. Ethical training in authorship and peer review for postdoctoral fellows at a comprehensive cancer center. Journal of Cancer Education 24, 10/2009.
5. Cameron C, Zhao H, Apted J, Chamberlain RM, Chang S. Mentor-trainee communication in science: Moving from art to science. Journal of Cancer Education 24, 10/2009.

Letters to the Editor

1. Chang S, Baldwin CD, Cameron C. Mentoring mentors in scientific communication for trainees. Acad Med 90(3):265, 3/2015. PMID: 25710214.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Cameron C, Deming S. Writing Abstracts, interactive online lesson: The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 2006.
2. Cameron C, Fertelmeyster T, Yuzhakova S. Cultural Detective: Russia. Nipporica Associates, 2004.
3. Cameron C. Training manual for Texas Children's Health Plan Cross-cultural Training, 1999.
4. Cameron C. Training manual for Negotiating Across Cultures: Watershed Associates, 1998.
5. Cameron C. Training Manual for Japan Cross-cultural Training: NASA Johnson Space Center / International Space Station, 1995.
6. Cameron C, Spicer K, Eigler A, Delgado M. Training manual for Ryan White-funded Harris County HIV/AIDS Diversity Training: Multicultural Health Care Solutions, 1995.
7. Jones SD, Cameron C. Training Manual for Russia Cross-cultural Training: NASA Johnson Space Center / International Space Station, 1994.

Last updated: 5/6/2016