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Shine Chang, PhD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement


I am a Universityof Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, a full professor within theDepartment of Epidemiology (term-tenured), and director of the CancerPrevention Research Training Program (CPRTP), a large, federally fundedtraining program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The CPRTP is a multidisciplinary researchtraining program that recruits and prepares undergraduates to postdoctoralfellows for careers in cancer prevention and control.  Using funds from donors and three NIH R25awards that I lead as PI, the CPRTP annually supports more than 50 trainees inmulti-year appointments and short-term cancer prevention researchexperiences.   

I am deeplycommitted to strengthening the biomedical workforce in cancer research, in itsdiversity and in the career skills needed for success.  My team and I publish and disseminateinnovative training methods, tested, evaluated and used in our training program,in order to expand the evidence for training interventions that lighten thework of mentors and their trainees in their learning partnerships.  At MD Anderson, for the last five years, our twooldest training programs have had more than 25% of trainees fromunder-represented minority groups, achieved through our purposeful recruitmentefforts.  Those whom I have mentoreddirectly, including multiple individuals from underrepresented minority groups,have won awards for their published research with me, and now hold tenure-trackfaculty positions leading cancer prevention research at institutions across thenation. 

I have more thantwo decades of experience as a published cancer epidemiologist, leadingmultidisciplinary research on bio-behavioral determinants of obesity.  I lead an ancillary study using data from theObservational Study of the Women’s Health Initiative with collaborators fromseven centers outside MD Anderson.  Thisproject focuses on genetic, hormonal and behavioral determinants of obesity asa cancer risk factor.  Previous work hasincorporated nutritional epidemiology approaches and now, we have evaluated therole of adipocytokines in weight gain and obesity, and are currently organizinggenotype data for combined analyses. 

My skills andexperience have led me to leadership opportunities at my home institution andwithin professional societies.  Suchroles provide me with access to leaders well-positioned to help me in myefforts locally and nationally.  Broadergoals include creating innovative career development programs for early career scientistsand junior faculty, including establishing in 1999 the American Society forPreventive Oncology Early Career members group that organizes activities at theannual meetings attended by nearly one-third of meeting participants.  I have taught annually since 2005 for theAAMC's Group on Women in Medicine (GWIM) Programs, on grantsmanship, scientificwriting, research mentoring, and mostly recently on burnout prevention andresilience.  I was PI for an NIH R01project subaward evaluating the impact of intensive career developmentprograms, including the AAMC GWIM and Drexel University Hedwig van Ameringen ExecutiveLeadership in Academic Medicine program, on the career trajectories of womenfaculty in academic health science centers. I also co-lead NIH R01-funded research on factors that influenceretention of junior scientists in research careers, particularly factorsrelated to mentoring and scientific communication skill development. 

Research Interests

  • obesity and cancer risk
  • health scientist training and education
  • cancer prevention and education
  • career development and scientific writing

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Street Cancer Prevention Building
Department of Epidemiology
Unit Number: 1365
Houston, TX 77030-3721
Room Number: CPB7.3552
Phone: (713) 563-3573
Fax: (713) 563-9203

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1995 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, PhD, Epidemiology
1992 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, MSPH, Epidemiology
1991 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, Fellow, Epidemiology
1986 Brown University, Providence, RI, BS, Biology

Postgraduate Training

1/2011 Advanced Professional Training, Workshop for Women Professors (led by Janet Bickel), Women's Faculty Programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center Women Faculty Programs, Houston, TX
1995-1997 Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Fellowship (NCI R25T), Epidemiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Drs. Stephen D. Hursting, Margaret R. Spitz, Robert M. Chamberlain


Institutional Committee Activities

Educational Sub-Committee Member, Institutional Ad Hoc Expense Analysis Steering Committee, 1/2011-2/2011
Member, Post-Doctoral Fellows Advisory Committee, Office of Trainee and Alumni Affairs, 2009-2012

Honors and Awards

2011 Member, The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education
2008 Community Outreach Award "Everything's Bigger in Texas: Biggest Loser Competition", Student Government Association, Houston Community College, Houston, TX
2004 Mentor of Merit, Outstanding Mentor Award, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
2004 NIH MERIT Award, Office of Preventive Oncology, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
2001 Faculty Development Academic Programs Award for Service, Office of Faculty Development, Division of Faculty Affairs, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Professional Memberships

American Association of Cancer Education
Chair, Cancer Prevention Education Committee, 2007-2010

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Chang S, Morahan PS, Magrane D, Helitzer D, Lee HY, Newbill S, Peng HL, Guindani M, Cardinali G. Retaining Faculty in Academic Medicine: The Impact of Career Development Programs for Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). e-Pub 4/2016. PMID: 27058451.
2. Helitzer DL, Newbill SL, Cardinali G, Morahan PS, Chang S, Magrane D. Narratives of Participants in National Career Development Programs for Women in Academic Medicine: Identifying the Opportunities for Strategic Investment. J Womens Health (Larchmt). e-Pub 3/2016. PMID: 26982007.
3. Anderson CB, Mâsse LC, Zhang H*, Coleman KJ, Chang S (*indicates trainee). Ethnic, Gender, and BMI Differences in Athletic Identity in Children and Adolescents. J Phys Act Health 8(2):200-209, 2/2011. PMID: 21415447.
4. Anderson CB, Mâsse LC, Zhang H*, Coleman KJ, Chang S (* indicates trainee). Contribution of Athletic Identity to Child and Adolescent Physical Activity. Am J Prev Med 37(3):220-6, 9/2009. PMCID: PMC2759382.
5. Chang S, Mâsse LC, Moser RP, Dodd KW, Arganaraz F*, Fuemmler BF*, Jemal A (* indicates trainee). State Ranks of Incident Cancer Burden due to Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2003. Obesity (Silver Spring) 16(7):1636-1650, 7/2008. e-Pub 4/2008. PMID: 18421271.
6. Chang S, Hughes DC*, Chamberlain RM (* indicates trainee). Works-In-Progress: Guiding Junior Scientists Through Career Development Applications. J Cancer Educ 23(3):142-148, 2008. e-Pub 7/2008. PMID: 18709584.
7. Buist DS, Kanetsky PA, Studts JL, Li L, Terry MB, Trentham-Dietz A, Chang S, American Society of Preventive Oncology Junior Members Interest Group. Recruiting and training leadership through professional societies: a report from the American Society of Preventive Oncology Junior Members Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 15(7):1422-4, 7/2006. PMID: 16835350.
8. Dores GM, Chang S, Berger VW, Perkins SN, Hursting SD, Weed DL. Evaluating Research Training Outcomes: Experience from the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. Acad Med 81(6):535-541, 6/2006. PMID: 16728801.
9. Chang S, Hursting SD, Perkins SN, Dores GM, Weed DL. Adapting postdoctoral training to interdisciplinary science in the 21st century: the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. Acad Med 80(3):261-5, 3/2005. PMID: 15734808.
10. Chang S, Buist DS, Reid M, Terry MB, Trentham-Dietz A. The characteristics and training of professionals in cancer prevention and control: a survey of the American Society for Preventive Oncology. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 13(7):1094-8, 7/2004. PMID: 15247118.
11. Chang S, Wu X, Yu H, Spitz MR. Plasma concentrations of insulin-like growth factors among healthy adult men and postmenopausal women: associations with body composition, lifestyle, and reproductive factors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 11(8):758-66, 8/2002. PMID: 12163330.
12. Chang S, Hursting SD, Contois JH, Strom SS, Yamamura Y, Babaian RJ, Troncoso P, Scardino PS, Wheeler TM, Amos CI, Spitz MR. Leptin and prostate cancer. Prostate 46(1):62-67, 1/2001. PMID: 11170133.
13. Chang S, Alderfer J, Asmar L, Buzdar A. Inflammatory breast cancer survival: the role of obesity and menopausal status at diagnosis. Breast Cancer Res Treat 64(2):157-163, 2000.
14. Chang S, Buzdar AU, Hursting SD. Inflammatory breast cancer and body mass index. J Clin Oncol 16(12):3731-5, 12/1998. PMID: 9850015.
15. Chang S, Parker SL, Pham T, Buzdar AU, Hursting SD. Inflammatory breast carcinoma incidence and survival: the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results program of the National Cancer Institute, 1975-1992. Cancer 82(12):2366-72, 6/1998. PMID: 9635529.


1. Kamrudin S*, Clague J, Wilkinson A, Chang S, Vernon S W, Bondy M (* indicates trainee). Are there differences in lifestyle factors between Mexican American women with and without a family history of breast cancer?. ASPO 2012, Washington DC, 2012.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Methods Training in Patient-Centered Cancer Outcomes Research
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Member
Principal Investigator: Suarez-Almazor
Duration: 6/1/2014 - 5/31/2019
Title: Retention in Research Careers: Mentoring in Scientific Communications Skills
Funding Source: NIH/NIGMS
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/30/2009 - 8/31/2016
Title: University of Texas MD Anderson Education Programs in Cancer Prevention
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/15/1992 - 6/30/2017
Title: Cancer Prevention Education: Student Research Experiences
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 7/1/1992 - 6/30/2018

Last updated: 7/6/2016