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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
Fellowship Program Associate Director, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

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

Bio Statement

 I am the Associate Director of the MD Anderson Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology within the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences. In my role in the CPRTP, I mentor junior scientists in cancer prevention research and coordinate two graduate level courses through the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

After completing PhD training and postdoctoral work in socioinguistics in 1991, I consulted and taught for over 15 years in the private sector, government, non-profit, and academic arenas in cross-cultural communication (including training for the NASA International Space Station), language training, and writing training for specific populations. I have extensive experience developing specialized communication training and education programs including Fulbright-funded instructor training in scientific communication at academic institutions in Brazil and Chile, and instructor training in teaching cross-cultural communication for Rice University's Center for the Study of Languages. I re-entered academia in 2008 as faculty. My practice and research since then have focused on scientific communication skill development, publication ethics, and career development for international and specific US trainee populations, and I have authored various peer-reviewed publications on these topics in respected journals such as Academic Medicine. My efforts in education, research training, and mentoring have been recognized with the University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award ($25,000), membership in the Kenneth I. Shine, MD, Academy of Health Science Educators, and multiple nominations for the MD Anderson Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award. I currently chair the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Advisory Committee.

For the proposed BD2K project, I will serve as consultant on scientific communication training aspects of the project, including the design, development and delivery of the teaching and training activities, ensuring that they are carefully evaluated and ultimately compiled into a well-tested prototype training program to be disseminated. Activities of interest include briefing consortium team on best practices in teaching and mentoring scientific communication skills and consulting on development of modules for scientific writing, presentation skills, advocacy and inquiry skills for scientific conversations, interdisciplinary communication skills, communicating to non-specialist audiences, and creation of elevator speeches and brief "TED" style talks.

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Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1990 Rice University, Houston, TX, PHD, Linguistics
1981 Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA, BA, Magna Cum Laude, Russian Language

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Visiting Lecturer, Rice University, Houston, TX, 9/1995-12/1995
Instructor, Linguistics, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1990-1992

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Training Specialist, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2004-2009
Independent training and consulting, Multicultural Health Care Solutions, Houston, TX, 1993-1999

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program Advisory Committee, 3/2009-present

Honors and Awards

2013 University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas Board of Regents
2010 Nominee, Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award, MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2009 Nominee, Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award, MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2008-2013 Fulbright Senior Specialist, Institute of International Education/Fulbright
2008 Staff Educator of the Month, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Professional Memberships

American Association for Cancer Education
Member, 2009-present
American Association for Cancer Research
Member, 11/2009-present
Council of Science Editors
Member of Task Force on Science Journals, Poverty, and Human Development, 2007-2008
Council of Science Editors
Member, 2006-2008
National Postdoctoral Association
Member, 2009-present
Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research
International Member, 2006-2008

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. 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.
2. 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. Cultural Competence and Patient Safety. Focus on Patient Safety 2(3):3,6, 1999.

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.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: UT M. D. Anderson Education Programs in Cancer Prevention
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Shine Chang
Duration: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2017
 
Title: Retention in Research Careers: Mentoring for Scientific Communication Skills
Funding Source: NIH/NIGMS
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2016
 
Title: ARRA Supplement for Cancer Prevention Education: Student Research Experiences
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Shine Chang
Duration: 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012
 
Title: Training Program in Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology and Control,
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Shine Chang
Duration: 8/22/2011 - 6/30/2016
 
Title: Innovative Multidisciplinary Education: The Statistical Genetics of Addiction
Funding Source: NIH/NIDA
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Chang, Shine
Duration: 5/20/2010 - 8/31/2015
 
Title: Improving Retention of Minority Trainees: Mentoring in Scientific Communications
Funding Source: NIH/NIGMS
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/30/2009 - 8/31/2016

Last updated: 5/21/2015