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Kevin Stein is the executive director at the RTI

Kevin D. Stein, PhD, FAPOS
Executive Director, Research and Training Institute

Kevin Stein, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute (RTI). 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 an APA-approved internship at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. Prior to joining the CSC, Dr. Stein worked for the American Cancer Society for 17 years, where he served as Vice President of Behavioral Research and oversaw the ACS Study of Cancer Survivors (SCS), a large-scale, population-based, national longitudinal study of quality of life among cancer survivors. The goals of Dr. Stein’s research are to gain a better understanding of factors related to the physical and psychosocial functioning of persons affected by cancer and develop, test, and disseminate evidence-based interventions to address these issues.

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.

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.