Michelle Mollica, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN

Position/title

Program Director in the Outcomes Research Branch of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program

Responsibilities and Current Initiatives

Michelle is responsible for developing, managing, and promoting a research portfolio of grants focused on cancer survivorship, cancer caregiving, and cancer survivorship across the age spectrum from childhood through older adulthood. She also serves as Scientific Lead for the SEER-CAHPS linked data resource on patient experiences of care and several recent funding opportunity announcements focused on survivorship and caregiving.

Scientific expertise

With an enduring interest in improving care for those impacted by cancer, Michelle explores the intersection of survivorship and healthcare delivery, including the transition into post-treatment survivorship, models of survivorship care, integration of oncology and non-oncology providers in survivorship care, patient experiences, and informal cancer caregiving. Dr. Mollica has a background in mixed methods research and community-engaged research, and has experience conducting qualitative research and intervention development in underserved populations.

Relevant past positions

Previously, Michelle was a Cancer Prevention Fellow (CPF) in ORB. Michelle also spent over 10 years working clinically as an oncology nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Research Interest Areas

  • Cancer survivorship-transition into post-treatment survivorship, models of survivorship care, risk-stratified survivorship care, care for individuals living with advanced and metastatic cancers, integration of oncology and non-oncology providers in survivorship care, patient experiences
  • Informal cancer caregiving
  • Pediatric and AYA cancer survivorship
  • Palliative care- models of palliative care delivery

Education

  • PhD, Nursing Science; Medical University of South Carolina
  • MPH, Community Health and Health Behavior; University at Buffalo
  • MSN, Nursing Education; Daemen College
  • BSN, Nursing; Columbia University
  • BS, Biology; Canisius College

Licenses/Certifications

  • Registered Nurse
  • Oncology Certified Nurse

Michelle Mollica, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN is a Program Director in the Outcomes Research Branch of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Michelle serves as Scientific Lead for the SEER-CAHPS linked data resource on patient experiences of care. Previously, Michelle was a Cancer Prevention Fellow (CPF) in ORB. With an enduring interest in improving care for those impacted by cancer, Michelle explores the intersection of survivorship and healthcare delivery, including the transition into post-treatment survivorship, adherence to follow-up care, patient experiences, quality of care, and informal cancer caregiving. Dr. Mollica has a background in mixed methods research and community-engaged research, and has experience conducting qualitative research and intervention development in underserved populations.

Michelle received her PhD in Nursing Science at the Medical University of South Carolina, and an MPH in Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo. As part of her doctoral work, Michelle created and piloted a peer navigation intervention utilizing long-term African American breast cancer survivors as navigators to increase adherence to follow-up care and overall quality of life. She also holds a BSN in Nursing and an MSN in Nursing Education from Columbia University and Daemen College, respectively, and a BS in Biology from Canisius College. Michelle also spent over 10 years working clinically as a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and was an Assistant Professor of Nursing in Buffalo, NY.

mollicama@mail.nih.gov


Outcomes Research Branch

Last Updated: 29 Nov, 2021