Elizabeth “Liz” Siembida is a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Central to Liz’s research interests is a recognition of the implications of a cancer diagnosis in different stages of development and the life course. Prior to entering the Cancer Prevention Fellowship, Liz’s work focused on provider-patient communication and decision-making across the cancer care continuum. Her research has explored institutional factors influencing providers’ decisions regarding mammography screening in average-risk women, the role of patient engagement and provider-patient relationships in adolescent cancer patients’ perceived quality of care, and health-related quality of life in older colorectal cancer survivors.
As part of ORB, Liz plans to extend her research portfolio to explore patient experiences of care, quality of care, and healthcare utilization among older cancer survivors enrolled in Medicare. She hopes to use her developmental perspective to understand the unique needs of older cancer survivors as they continue to age past diagnosis and treatment.
Liz earned her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She also holds a BS in Youth, Adult, and Family Services from Purdue University.