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.
Epidemiology; colorectal cancer; medication use; survivorship; recurrence; secondary prevention; quality of life; automated data collection; screening; animal-assisted activities; survivorship
Cancer risk and use of common medications
Hardikar S, Burnett-Hartman AN, Chubak J, Upton MP, Zhu LC, Potter JD, Newcomb PA. Reproductive factors and risk of colorectal polyps in a colonoscopy-based study in western Washington State. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Mar;28(3):241-246. doi: 10.1007/s10552-017-0866-2. Epub 2017 Feb 15. PubMed
Jones SM, Ziebell R, Walker R, Nekhlyudov L, Rabin BA, Nutt S, Fujii M, Chubak J. Association of worry about cancer to benefit finding and functioning in long-term cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2017 May;25(5):1417-1422. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3537-z. Epub 2016 Dec 15. PubMed
Singal AG, Tiro J, Li X, Adams-Huet B, Chubak J. Factors associated with hepatocellular carcinoma surveillance rates among patients with cirrhosis in a population-based integrated healthcare delivery system. J Clin Gastroenterology.2016 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print].
Shortreed SM, Johnson EJ, Rutter CM, Kamineni A, Wernli KJ, Chubak J. Cohort restriction based on prior enrollment: Examining potential biases in estimating cancer and mortality risk. Obs Stud. 2016 Aug;2:51-64. Epub 2016 Sep 26. PubMed
Chubak J, Ziebell R, Greenlee RT, Honda S, Hornbrook MC, Epstein M, Nekhlyudov L, Pawloski PA, Ritzwoller DP, Ghai NR, Feigelson HS, Clancy HA, Doria-Rose VP, Kushi LH. The Cancer Research Network: a platform for epidemiologic and health services research on cancer prevention, care, and outcomes in large, stable populations. Cancer Causes Control. 2016 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Hubbard R, Johnson E, Chubak J, Wernli KJ, Kamineni A, Bogart A, Rutter C. Estimating screening test effectiveness when screening indication is unknown using generalized linear finite mixture models. Health Services Outcomes Res Methodol.2017 17(2):101-112.
Drescher CW, Beatty JD, Resta R, Andersen MR, Watabayashi K, Thorpe J, Hawley S, Purkey H, Chubak J, Hanson N, Buist DS, Urban N. The effect of referral for genetic counseling on genetic testing and surgical prevention in women at high risk for ovarian cancer: results from a randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2016 Jul 22. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30190. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
There’s much confusion about the new disease, but numbers don’t lie. The challenge is finding the right ones.
Research informs care as Kaiser Permanente Washington, exceeding 80 percent screening rate, launches home-based 'FIT First' pilot.
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Drs. Kamineni and Chubak are among leaders of 2 new large PROSPR awards from NCI for cervical and colorectal cancer screening research.
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