Research on the Quality of Cancer Care in Diverse Populations

Brad J. Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH

Brad J. Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH is an Associate Professor in the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Dr. Zebrack has clinical social work experience in both pediatric and adult oncology, and has been involved in the development of peer support/advocacy programs for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. His research focuses on psychosocial and quality of life outcomes among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, with a particular interest in posttraumatic effects and resilience. Dr. Zebrack has been a recipient of several federal grants, including a National Research Service Award (F32), Career Development Award (K07), and small research grant (R03) from the National Cancer Institute. He also has received research support from the American Cancer Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and HopeLab, Inc. Current research includes a longitudinal, multi-institutional study of adolescent and young adult cancer patients, examining the relationship between supportive care service use and quality of life outcomes. Dr. Zebrack currently serves as a member of the Lance Armstrong Foundationís LiveStrongTM Young Adult Alliance, and was recent co-chair for the Standards of Care Task Force, a sub-committee charged with developing clinical and supportive care guidelines for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Prior experiences include service to the director of the National Cancer Institute as a member of the National Cancer Institute's Director's Consumer Liaison Group.

Selected Key Papers

  1. Zebrack B, Donohue JE, Gurney JG, Chesler MA, Bhatia, S, & Landier, W. (2010). Psychometric evaluation of the Impact of Cancer (IOC-CS) scale for young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Quality of Life Research, 19(2); 207-218. NIHMS187234.
  2. Zebrack B, Yi, J., Petersen, L, & Ganz, P. (2008). The impact of cancer and quality of life for long-term survivors. Psycho-Oncology, 17(9), 891-900.
  3. Zebrack B, Bleyer, A., Albritton, K., Medearis, S., & Tang, J. (2006). Assessing the health care needs of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients and survivors. Cancer, 107(12), 2915-2923.
  4. Zebrack B, Zevon, M.A., Turk, N., Nagarajan, R., Whitton, J., Robison, L.L., & Zeltzer, L.K. (2007). Psychological distress in long-term survivors of solid tumors diagnosed in childhood: A report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 49, (1), 47-51.

Selected Projects

  1. Quality of Life Assessment in Young Adult Cancer Survivors (University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Survivorship Initiative, 5/1/09-4/30/10)
  2. The Impact of Cancer for Older Adolescents and Young Adults: Measuring Outcomes and Enhancing Care (HopeLab, Inc., 7/07-6/11)
  3. Quality of life assessment in childhood cancer survivors (NIH/NCI K07CA100380, 9/03-8/09)

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