Staff: Christopher Wheldon, Ph.D.

Christopher  Wheldon

Christopher Wheldon, Ph.D.

Former Fellow, Transitioned Outside of the Program

Cancer Prevention Fellow
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Christopher Wheldon, Ph.D., is a behavioral scientist working on reducing cancer disparities in underserved and socially marginalized populations. Central to this focus is his consideration of how individual, interpersonal, and organizational factors influence cancer-related risk (e.g., tobacco use) and preventive health behaviors (e.g., HPV vaccination, cancer screening). He also studies the experiences and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors in an effort to improve the quality of life of survivors and their families.

Dr. Wheldon completed a Cancer Prevention Fellowship with the Behavioral Research Program and is currently serving as a Special Volunteer. As a Cancer Prevention Fellow, he planned to extend his program of research to include a focus on novel theoretical and methodological approaches to health behavior and education across the cancer control continuum. The role of social media as a source of public health data and a mode of intervention delivery was a particular interest.

Dr. Wheldon completed a Ph.D. in community and family health from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. As a doctoral student he received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Cancer Institute to support his training and research in cancer disparities.

In August 2019, Dr. Wheldon became an assistant professor in Temple University's College of Public Health.


Current and/or past BRP mentors include Richard Moser.


Research Areas

  • Health disparities
  • Cancer prevention
  • Culturally responsive cancer care
  • Underserved populations
  • Mixed methods research

Selected Publications and Presentations