Grantee: Kimberly A. Miller, PhD, MPH

Kimberly A. Miller

Kimberly A. Miller, PhD, MPH

Behavioral Scientist
  • University of Southern California

Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on quality of life outcomes among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, a distinct and at-risk population. Her work takes a systems approach, considering the multiple factors at the individual, interpersonal, and healthcare system level that foster healthy survivorship for young adults following a cancer diagnosis. Her current project will investigate the interrelations between social networks and social support, physical activity, and quality of life in young adults newly diagnosed with cancer, assessing them longitudinally through self-reported and objective measures. The findings of this research will help to inform tailored, age-appropriate, and appropriately timed supportive care services to meet the unique needs of young adult cancer survivors.

Dr. Miller first became interested in cancer survivorship as a master's in public health student, when she worked as a research assistant conducting in-depth interviews with cancer survivors over the course of two years. As a result of that experience, she remains passionately committed to patient-centered research that positions the patient's voice and lived experience at the center of the research activity.

Young adulthood is often an incredibly challenging time. Adding a cancer diagnosis can make this life stage exponentially more difficult. Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors require tailored, age-appropriate supportive care services to maintain high physical, mental and social quality of life. My hope is to identify the clinical and lifestyle interventions that AYA cancer survivors want to ensure healthy survivorship for this distinct group.”

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