Staff: Jennifer M. Bowers, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Jennifer M. Bowers, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Cancer Prevention Fellow
Jennifer Bowers, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch. Jen's research interests focus on social psychological factors involved in cancer prevention, such as perceived risk, social influence, and self-perceptions.
Jen's primary area of expertise for her doctoral work was skin cancer prevention among young people. Within this topic, she conducted studies of acculturation, stigma, self-affirmation, and the self-perceptions of former indoor tanners. Her dissertation was a mixed methods project that used HINTS indoor tanning data analyzed concurrently with semi-structured interviews to understand young people's perceptions of tanning.
Jen is interested in developing projects that involve a range of cancer-related health behaviors and cognitions during her fellowship, including sun-protective behaviors, sleep, tobacco use, cancer screening decisions, risk perceptions, dyadic relationships, and cultural norms.
Jen earned a Ph.D. in Social and Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2020. Her pre-doctoral work was funded by an NCI T32 training grant at Memorial Sloan Kettering's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Jen also holds a Master of Public Health degree in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rivier University.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include Rebecca Ferrer.
- Cancer Prevention
- Social Influence
- Risk Perceptions
- Decision Making
- Adolescent Health Behavior
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Bowers JM, Geller AC, Schofield E, Li Y, Hay JL. Indoor Tanning Trends Among US Adults, 2007-2018.. Am J Public Health 2020 Jun; 110(6):823-828.
- Bowers JM, Moyer A. Effects of school start time on students' sleep duration, daytime sleepiness, and attendance: a meta-analysis. Sleep Health 2017 Dec; 3(6):423-431.
- Hay JL, Bowers JM, Hamilton JG. Genomics and behavior change. Handbook of Health Psychology, 1st Edition .
- Bowers JM, Hamilton JG, Wu YP, Moyer A, Hay JL. Acculturation, psychosocial attitudes, and sun tanning behavior among Asian college students in the Northeastern United States. Int J Behav Med 2021.
- Bowers JM, Moyer A. 'I am happier with my fairer complexion': factors associated with former indoor tanning and reasons for quitting in college women. Psychol Health Med 2019 Mar; 24(3):344-354.