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

Burnett-Hartman AN, Chubak J, Hua X, Ziebell R, Kamineni A, Zhu LC, Upton MP, Malen RC, Hardikar S, Newcomb PA. The association between colorectal sessile serrated adenomas/polyps and subsequent advanced colorectal neoplasia. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Jul 9. pii: 10.1007/s10552-019-01205-y. doi: 10.1007/s10552-019-01205-y. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Green BB, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Chubak J, Fuller S, Kimbel KJ, Kullgren JT, Meenan RT, Vernon SW. Financial incentives to increase colorectal cancer screening uptake and decrease disparities: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Jul 3;2(7):e196570. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.6570. PubMed

Burnett-Hartman AN, Powers JD, Chubak J, Corley DA, Ghai NR, McMullen CK, Pawloski PA, Sterrett AT, Feigelson HS. Treatment patterns and survival differ between early-onset and late-onset colorectal cancer patients: the Patient Outcomes to Advance Learning network. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 May 17. doi: 10.1007/s10552-019-01181-3. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Breen N, Skinner CS, Zheng Y, Inrig S, Corley DA, Beaber EF, Garcia M, Chubak J, Doubeni C, Quinn VP, Haas JS, Li CI, Wernli KJ, Klabunde CN. Time to Follow-up After Colorectal Cancer Screening by Health Insurance Type. Am J Prev Med. 2019;56(5):e143-e152. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.01.005. PubMed

Clarke CL, Kushi LH, Chubak J, Pawloski PA, Bulkley JE, Epstein MM, Burnett-Hartman AN, Powell B, Pearce CL, Spencer Feigelson H. Predictors of long-term survival among high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 Apr 9. pii: 1055-9965.EPI-18-1324. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-1324. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Boudreau DM, Chen L, Yu O, Bowles EJA, Chubak J. Risk of second breast cancer events with chronic opioid use in breast cancer survivors. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2019 Apr 3. doi: 10.1002/pds.4779. PubMed

Haas CB, Phipps AI, Hajat A, Chubak J, Wernli KJ. Time to fecal immunochemical test completion for colorectal cancer screening. Am J Manag Care. 2019 Apr;25(4):174-180. PubMed

 

innovating care

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How to maximize screening for colon cancer

Research informs care as Kaiser Permanente Washington, exceeding 80 percent screening rate, launches home-based 'FIT First' pilot.

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Cancer Research

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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.

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Recent News

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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.

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