Translational Cancer Communication Researcher Joins the TSET Health Promotion Research Center

Translational Cancer Communication Researcher Joins the TSET Health Promotion Research Center

Published: Monday, April 12, 2021

Jordan Neil, Ph.D., a translation cancer communication researcher, has joined the TSET Health Promotion Research Center at OU Health.

Neil comes to the HPRC from Harvard Medical School where he completed his postdoctoral fellowship. His work is focused in translational cancer communication science, which uses communication-centered strategies to translate evidence-based cancer prevention behaviors into practice. Across research institutions, Neil has focused on how to improve uptake of tobacco cessation services, colorectal and lung cancer screenings and participation in clinical cancer trials.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Neil has had the opportunity to pursue his academic goals in Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida and Massachusetts. "As a result of living in many places, I've been fortunate to engage with a diverse spectrum of people and perspectives. I am now excited to put my experience and expertise to good use in Oklahoma," he said.

The American Journal of Preventative Medicine recently accepted one of Neil's studies to highlight his ongoing work with collaborators at the University of Florida. This study uses communication theory-driven approaches to address disparities in cancer screenings.

"Dr. Neil brings a unique and valuable skillset to the HPRC, Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Health. His work will directly address the leading cause of cancer in Oklahoma (tobacco use) and his focus on timely cancer screening may reduce cancer mortality through early detection," said Michael Businelle, Ph.D., co-director of the HPRC.

"I am thrilled to have joined the HPRC," Neil said. "When evaluating which job offer was the best fit for me, I wanted to ensure that I would work on projects that aim to directly improve cancer outcomes among underserved patient populations; and there would be a collaborative environment that supported innovative ways to address these disparities. The HPRC offers me the opportunity to achieve both of these goals. I am so privileged to get to work with colleagues who continue to dedicate their careers to helping others, and are doing so through community-driven, technologically innovative interventions."

The HPRC receives funding from OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center via an NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA225520) and the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust grant R21-02.