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Nov. 16, 2015 - Meet the Researcher: Casey Daniel, Ph.D., MPH

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WHO SHE IS: Assistant Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Dr. Daniel is the first faculty member at MCI in Cancer Control and Prevention.

LATEST RESEARCH: Dr. Daniel’s research focuses largely on cancer prevention and control. She has worked extensively in pediatric cancer research, striving to improve long-term health outcomes for children. Her research also emphasizes cancer screening, particularly in the areas of colorectal and skin cancer. She is currently analyzing data from a study she conducted examining the indoor tanning practices of undergraduate students at three universities across the U.S. The novel findings from this study will inform future interventions designed to decrease these behaviors. Since arriving at MCI, Dr. Daniel has also been actively pursuing cancer survivorship and developing a comprehensive cancer survivorship program for patients at MCI and throughout the region.

WORK HISTORY: Dr. Daniel was recruited to MCI from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where she was completing her postdoctoral research fellowship. Her research at Harvard and Dana-Farber was supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. While earning her doctorate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Daniel taught courses in the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health to both master’s and doctoral-level students.

EDUCATION: Dr. Daniel received a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 2007. She earned a Masters of Public Health from UAB in 2009 and a Ph.D. in Public Health, Health Behavior with a concentration of cancer prevention and control from UAB in 2013.

FUN FACTS: Dr. Daniel has loved ballet since early childhood and takes adult classes in her spare time. She is also a history buff and an insatiable reader, citing Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jane Austen, and Ernest Hemingway as a few of her many favorite authors. In addition, she loves hosting and entertaining guests and cannot wait to get settled so she can start doing so!

In her spare time, Dr. Daniel is learning to speak French, which has been a longtime goal. She is close to her parents, Thomas and Lynda Daniel, and her sisters, Amanda and Lindsey. She loves being back in Alabama and spending time with her family and her dog, Wellington. She and her husband, Patrick, currently live in Spanish Fort. They love to travel, attend Yankees baseball games and watch Alabama football. They are enjoying settling into life on the Gulf Coast and looking forward to getting involved in the community.


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