25KH – Oncologists’ recommendation to promote healthy eating behaviors among cancer survivors

Status: Filled – Alexis Koch
Intern: Alexis Koch
Faculty Name: karina-halilova-md-mph-2
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: School of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine
Campus Address: 1717 11th Ave South, MT 101
Telephone Number: (205) 934-7860
Email: karinahalilova@uabmc.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 1
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 2
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Joshua Sewell, LMSW
Title of Project: 25KH – Oncologists’ recommendation to promote healthy eating behaviors among cancer survivors
Project Description:

In this project, we will examine the impact of oncologists’ recommendation for healthy eating among cancer survivors by building on the existing infrastructure of the AMPLIFY Program (NCI-funded clinical trial). Specifically, we plan to incorporate an ancillary study arm onto the web-based AMPLIFY Diet/Project 1, which will recruit cancer survivors to an intervention to improve diet quality and weight status. An “Oncologists’ Supportive Message” will be developed for AMPLIFY participants to receive recommendation for their healthy eating behavior from oncologists. We will conduct a pilot study to assess feasibility and acceptability, as well as preliminary effectiveness of “Oncologists’ Supportive Message” among overweight or obese cancer survivors following poor quality diets and participating in AMPLIFY.
CaRES intern is needed to provide assistance during “Oncologists Supportive Message” intervention delivery and evaluation.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 3, 2021
Proposed End Date: August 27, 2021
Expected work schedule for intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule (as for students who are instructed how to proceed and are permitted to work independently with weekly guidance) and should contribute full-time effort.
Number of days that the student will be expected to come physically to UAB:
0 – project will be fully virtual except for the required in-person checkpoint visits
Category of Project: Clinical (Patient Care) Research
Cancer topic: Diet and Nutrition, Obesity, Palliative Care, Survivorship, Multiple Cancer Sites
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

To evaluate participant satisfaction, acceptance and feasibility of the delivered intervention, conduct a follow-up telephone and web-based surveys (Qualtrics) with research participants who have received “Oncologists Supportive Message” intervention.


Analyze data collected via surveys and interviews.


Assist research team with other research tasks related to intervention delivery, data collection and analysis.

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: Supplies needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications related to this summer research project: Possible
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience: Behavioral Science/Psychiatry, Cancer Rates, Trends and Statistics, Clinical Oncology, Interview Skills, Literature Review Skills, Manuscript Preparation for Submission to a Journal, Nutrition Sciences, Obesity and Diet, Scientific Writing Skills, Statistics and Data Management, basic knowledge, Survivorship