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Our Team

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.

Julie Olson, PhD
Director, Research & Training Institute

Julie Olson joined the Cancer Support Community in January of 2018 as a Director of Research. A sociologist by training, Julie came to CSC from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Her postdoctoral work on the development of population health disparities from adolescence into adulthood was funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Julie received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in demography and population health.

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.