Jessica Chubak, PhD

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“My research focuses on improving cancer control by finding effective ways to get screened for cancer and to navigate treatment and survivorship.”

Jessica Chubak, PhD

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Jessica Chubak, PhD, is an epidemiologist who works to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment, control, and survivorship. She contributes to several national collaborations that are finding practical, efficient, effective ways to screen for cancer, especially colorectal cancer. She also studies how common medications affect cancer risk and recurrence. Intrigued by how pets positively affect health, Dr. Chubak is studying animal-assisted activities in clinics and hospitals where children get treated for cancer. Dr. Chubak’s methodological research focuses on the use of administrative and electronic health record data in epidemiologic and health services studies.

Dr. Chubak joined KPWHRI in 2007, bringing expertise in epidemiologic methods, pharmacoepidemiology, and cancer. Awarded a Fulbright graduate student grant, Dr. Chubak pursued her master's degree in bioethics and health law in New Zealand before completing her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Chubak is an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, where she enjoys guest-lecturing and getting to work with students.

Research interests and experience

 

Recent publications

A'mar T, Beatty JD, Fedorenko C, Markowitz D, Corey T, Lange J, Schwartz SM, Huang B, Chubak J, Etzioni R. Incorporating breast cancer recurrence events into population-based cancer registries using medical claims: cohort study. JMIR Cancer. 2020 Aug 17;6(2):e18143. doi: 10.2196/18143. PubMed

Ghai NR, Jensen CD, Merchant SA, Schottinger JE, Lee JK, Chubak J, Kamineni A, Halm EA, Skinner CS, Haas JS, Green BB, Cannizarro NT, Schneider JL, Corley DA. Primary care provider beliefs and recommendations about colorectal cancer screening in four healthcare systems. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2020 Jul 15:canprevres.0109.2020. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-20-0109. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Chubak J, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Murphy CC, Jackson ML, Green BB. Methodological considerations in calculating and analyzing proportion of time covered as a measure of longitudinal cancer screening adherence. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 May 28:cebp.0388.2020. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-0388. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Hua X, Newcomb PA, Chubak J, Malen RC, Ziebell R, Kamineni A, Zhu LC, Upton MP, Wurscher MA, Thomas SS, Newman H, Hardikar S, Burnett-Hartman AN. Associations between molecular characteristics of colorectal serrated polyps and subsequent advanced colorectal neoplasia. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 May 1. doi: 10.1007/s10552-020-01304-1. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Reding KW, Aragaki AK, Cheng RK, Barac A, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Chubak J, Limacher MC, Hundley WG, D'Agostino R Jr, Vitolins MZ, Brasky TM, Habel LA, Chow EJ, Jackson RD, Chen C, Morgenroth A, Barrington WE, Banegas M, Barnhart M, Chlebowski RT. Cardiovascular outcomes in relation to antihypertensive medication use in women with and without cancer: results from the Women's Health Initiative. Oncologist. 2020 Apr 6. doi: 10.1634/theoncologist.2019-0977. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Chen L, Chubak J, Yu O, Pocobelli G, Ziebell RA, Aiello Bowles EJ, Fujii MM, Sterrett AT, Boggs JM, Burnett-Hartman AN, Ritzwoller DP, Hubbard RA, Boudreau DM. Changes in use of opioid therapy after colon cancer diagnosis: a population-based study. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Dec;30(12):1341-1350. doi: 10.1007/s10552-019-01236-5. Epub 2019 Oct 30. PubMed

Tong J, Huang J, Chubak J, Wang X, Moore JH, Hubbard RA, Chen Y. An augmented estimation procedure for EHR-based association studies accounting for differential misclassification. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2019 Oct 16. pii: 5588595. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocz180. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

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innovating care

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Cancer Research

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Research funded to improve cancer screening

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