Jessica Chubak, PhD

“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. Based on a personal interest in 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. She is the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Research Network.

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. Dr. Chubak is an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health where she enjoys guest lecturing and getting to work with students. 

Research interests and experience

  • Cancer

    Epidemiology; colorectal cancer; medication use; survivorship; secondary prevention; quality of life; automated data collection; screening; animal-assisted activities; survivorship

  • Health Services & Economics

    Chronic illness management; translation of preventive care research into clinical practice

  • Medication Use & Patient Safety

    Cancer risk and use of common medications; pharmaceutical outcomes research; validation of pharmacy data resources

 

Recent publications

Chubak J, McLerran D, Zheng Y, Singal AG, Corley DA, Doria-Rose VP, Doubeni CA, Kamineni A, Haas JS, Halm EA, Skinner CS, Zauber AG, Wernli KJ, Beaber EF, PROSPR Consortium. Receipt of colonoscopy following diagnosis of advanced adenomas: an analysis within integrated healthcare delivery systems. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Nov 20. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0452. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Chen Y, Wang J, Chubak J, Hubbard RA. Inflation of type I error rates due to differential misclassification in EHR-derived outcomes: empirical illustration using breast cancer recurrence. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018 Oct 30. doi: 10.1002/pds.4680. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Kamineni A, Tiro JA, Beaber EF, Silverberg MJ, Wheeler CM, Chao CR, Chubak J, Skinner CS, Corley DA, Kim JJ, Balasubramanian BA, Doria-Rose VP. Cervical cancer screening research in the PROSPR I Consortium: rationale, methods, and baseline findings from a U.S. cohort. Int J Cancer. 2018 Oct 24. doi: 10.1002/ijc.31940. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Selby K, Jensen CD, Lee JK, Doubeni CA, Schottinger JE, Zhao WK, Chubak J, Halm E, Ghai NR, Contreras R, Skinner C, Kamineni A, Levin TR, Corley DA. Influence of Varying Quantitative Fecal Immunochemical Test Positivity Thresholds on Colorectal Cancer Detection: A Community-Based Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med. 2018;169(7):439-447. doi: 10.7326/M18-0244. Epub 2018 Sep 18. PubMed

 

Cancer Research

Research funded to improve cancer screening

Drs. Kamineni and Chubak are among leaders of 2 new large PROSPR awards from NCI for cervical and colorectal cancer screening research.

Read it in News and Events

Recent News

Therapy-dog visits for kids with cancer: A safe way to induce smiles?

Being in the hospital is stressful. A new KPWHRI study will see if visits from therapy dogs make the experience easier for pediatric cancer patients.

Read it in News and Events.

Healthy Findings blog

Dr. Jessica Chubak and team ROAR: Research on Animal-human Relationships

A study to help kids with cancer get time with pets begins field work, with encouragement from a GHRI interest group.

Read about it in Healthy Findings.