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Heather Badt, Executive Director, Research and Training Institute

Heather Badt, MBA 
Executive Director, Research and Training Institute

Heather Badt is the Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute (RTI). Heather received her Bachelors degree in Marketing and Human Resources from Syracuse University and her Masters of Business Administrations (EMBA) from the Fox Business School at Temple University. While working at Walgreens over the last nine years she also received her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. She has expertise in areas such as process improvement, change management and commercial operations.

Heather is a breast cancer survivor and simultaneously a caregiver of her husband who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer one week before her diagnosis. Through this experience, Heather discovered the unique support and depth of CSC services. Heather joined the Radiation Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Penn Medicine in 2017 and joined the Board at RTI in 2018.

Heather lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two teenage boys.

Kelly Clark Cancer is research manager at the RTI

Kelly Clark
Manager, Research & Training Institute

Kelly joined the Cancer Support Community in June 2018 as a Research Manager at the Research and Training Institute. In this role, she is responsible for providing project support, overseeing outreach activities, and facilitating relationships with other departments, affiliates, and CSC partners. Kelly graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2010 and a Master’s degree in Psychology from American University in 2013. She comes to CSC with a background in both clinical and research settings. Previous work experience includes completing an internship at the National Institutes of Health studying genetic aspects of mood disorders, conducting research on traumatic brain injuries in children, and providing psychological services to individuals with intellectual disability and mental health disorders.

Levi James
Operations Manager, Research & Training Institute

Levi is very excited to join the CSC and RTI staff full time as the Operations Manager at the RTI! He started working for CSC as a development intern in March of 2017. Prior to his work at CSC, Levi worked in CRM, technology, and analytics for the Philadelphia 76ers and is still a diehard Sixers fan. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in History.

Shauna Mcmanus
Manager, Research & Training Institute

Shauna McManus joined the Cancer Support Community in April 2017 as the Research Coordinator and was promoted to Research Manager in January 2018. 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.

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.