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Amy Barra, MPA
Executive Director, Research & Training Institute

Amy Barra is the Executive Director of the Research and Training Institute, where she has overall responsibility for the RTI’s daily operations, including budget oversight, facilities management, staffing, and fundraising.

Amy comes to CSC from Association Headquarters, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in providing a variety of management and administrative services to non-profit organizations. Her clients included the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), MNRS Foundation, and the Dermatology Nurses Association accounts, to name a few. She served as Executive Director and primary fundraiser for MNRS and its Foundation. Prior to that, Amy was the Executive Director for the Intermediaries, Reinsurance, and Underwriters Association (IRU), an international non-profit trade association serving the reinsurance industry.

Amy has a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Thomas A. Edison State College. She lives in Medford, NJ, where she is active in several non-profit organizations.

Joanne Buzaglo

Joanne Buzaglo, PhD
Senior Vice President, Research &Training Institute

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.

Jamese Johnson

Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH,
Manager, Research & Training Institute

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.

Alexandra Zaleta, PhD
Senior Director, Research & Training Institute

Alexandra Zaleta, PhD, is the Senior 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 master’s 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 the 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. Her research focuses on the psychological consequences of illness, fear of illness recurrence, patient values and priorities, health communication, and cancer survivorship.

Shauna Mcmanus
Coordinator, Research & Training Institute

Shauna McManus joined the Cancer Support Community in April 2017 as the Research Coordinator. In her role she provides project support for various research initiatives at the CSC Research & Training Institute, including data management and analysis. Shauna graduated from American University in May 2017, where she received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Statistics and Public Health. Before joining the research team, Shauna worked at CSC headquarters for two years, interning and providing data assistance for the Education department.