Joanne Buzaglo, PhD
Senior Vice President, Research and Training
Joanne Buzaglo, PhD, is the Senior Vice President of Research & Training at the Cancer Support Community. She leads strategic initiatives that leverage the research capabilities of CSC’s global cancer patient support network through collaborations with patients, caregivers, advocacy organizations, academics, health economists and leaders in industry. One such initiative is the Cancer Experience Registry, an online vehicle that engages patients and caregivers to inform future priorities in research, innovative programs and health care policy.
Dr. Buzaglo is a behavioral health researcher and clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the development and evaluation of theoretically guided interventions designed to help patients cope with the complex challenges associated with cancer. Before arriving at CSC, she was the Deputy Director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s NCI-funded Behavioral Research Core Facility, whose mission is to provide consultation and training in behavioral principles relating to research design, program evaluation, and tailored communications. She is a Co-Investigator on a number of PCORI initiatives and has been a Co- Investigator on numerous NCI- and DoD-funded cancer-related studies that focus on enhancing doctor-patient communication, clinical trial participation, patient adherence to medical recommendations, and adaptation to cancer survivorship. She received her doctorate at Temple University and completed a post-graduate fellowship in Health Services, Research, & Development at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, she trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and at Friends Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Buzaglo joined Cancer Support Community in August 2008.
Alexandra Zaleta, PhD
Alexandra Zaleta, PhD, is the Director of Research at the Cancer Support Community. In this role, she manages and supports numerous Research and Training Institute initiatives focusing on individuals with cancer and caregivers. Dr. Zaleta is trained as a behavioral health researcher and a clinical psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and a masters degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. She completed her doctorate in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and clinical internship training at Boston Consortium/VA Boston Healthcare System. She subsequently completed three years of postdoctoral training in Psychosocial Oncology and Women’s Behavioral Health at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. Dr. Zaleta’s professional interests involve the intersection of health psychology and geriatric psychology. In her previous positions, she developed research projects focusing on cancer and dementia, with an emphasis on the psychological consequences of illness, fear of illness recurrence, health communication, and survivorship.
Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH,
Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH, joined Cancer Support Community in August 2015 as Research Coordinator. In this role, she provides project support for the development, management, and execution of research initiatives at the CSC Research & Training Institute. Jamese graduated from the University of California, Irvine in June 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Sciences. She then went on to receive her Masters of Public Health in December 2014 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Before joining CSC, Jamese worked with United Way Metropolitan Dallas and also worked as graduate research assistant in the primary care research center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.