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Directors' Message


Welcome to PRACCTIS, a training program funded by the National Cancer Institute for pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. The program goal is to train future leaders in cancer prevention and control research. We are confident that our program’s mentored research opportunities will provide the foundation for the next generation of researchers to develop solutions that reduce the burden of cancer at the local, national, and international levels. Following completion of the program, PRACCTIS trainees will be equipped with the diverse skills necessary to identify and evaluate new and effective ways to integrate scientific evidence into practice. We are excited to continue the work of mentoring and training, and we hope you will be a part of the experience.

Stephenie C. Lemon, Ph.D., and Judith K. Ockene, Ph.D., M.Ed., PRACCTIS Directors


PRACCTIS is an NCI-funded training program for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. It is designed to train the next generation of scientists to conduct research that addresses critical cancer  prevention, effective health communication, control and care delivery issues across the cancer continuum, including primary prevention, cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

UMass Medical School is the lead institution. Partnering institutions include UMass-Baystate Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Research, UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Healthcare Delivery Institute, and the Veterans Health Administration Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research. 

Join us for the Implementation Science Seminar

Tuesday April 27, 11 am.

"Harnessing the Powerful Role of Context Using Conceptual Frameworks"


Laura Damschroder, Research Investigator with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research and first author of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR).   

Information on the CFIR is available here:

Hosted by the PQHS Implementation Science Seminar, the UMMS Cancer Center’s Cancer Population and Health Sciences (CPHS) Program  and the NCI P50 iDAPT (Implementation & Informatics: Developing Adaptable Processes and Technologies for Cancer Control) Study

Click here to join the talk.