Cancer Support Community Welcomes Nationally Recognized Leader in Patient Research

May 7, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — The Cancer Support Community (CSC), an international nonprofit, announced the addition of Kevin Stein, Ph.D., FAPOS to serve as Executive Director of its Research and Training Institute and spearhead the advancement of the organization’s expanding patient-centered initiatives and research.

Dr. Stein is Associate Professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He worked for the American Cancer Society (ACS) for 17 years, serving as the Director of the Behavioral Research Center and Vice President of Behavioral Research. During his career at ACS, Dr. Stein also oversaw the ACS Study of Cancer Survivors (SCS), a large-scale, population-based, national longitudinal study of quality of life among cancer survivors.

Stein’s work has appeared in more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and scientific journals. The National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute have all funded his research.

“Kevin is a renowned leader whose innovative approach to research will continue to enable us to elevate the voices of cancer patients among the most rigorous, influential forums, publications, and conferences,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO of CSC. “We are an organization that is growing on multiple fronts, including in digital services and policy, and Kevin brings a track record of capturing unique patient-centered data that will enables us to improve the lives of individuals affected by cancer.”

Dr. Stein will take the reins of CSC’s Philadelphia-based Research and Training Institute in July. It is the first Institute dedicated to cancer related psychosocial, behavioral and survivorship research and training. The Institute seeks to examine the critical role of emotional and social support, financial burden, and patient navigation in improving the lives of people facing cancer, and to share its findings with the broader cancer community.

“I am thrilled to join the Cancer Support Community and build upon the amazing work the team at the Research and Training Institute has done over the past 10 years,” said Dr. Stein. “Social and emotional factors play an outsized critical role in a cancer patient’s quality of life and we have a responsibility to ensure those factors are not only understood, but also comprehensively addressed as part of a patient’s treatment, care, and survivorship planning.”

Dr. Stein received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. He completed a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Stein is an active member of the International Psychosocial Oncology Society, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, The International Society of Quality of Life Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society in 2015.