Lisa Carter-Bawa, Ph.D., APRN, ANP-C, FAAN | Center for Discovery and Innovation NJ   

Lisa Carter-Bawa, Ph.D., MPH, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN

Dr. Lisa Carter-Bawa (formerly Carter-Harris) is a behavioral scientist with nearly 2 decades of clinical experience as an adult nurse practitioner. She completed her PhD at the University of Louisville in 2013, a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University in Behavioral Oncology in 2015, and 2 additional years of training through the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Research Network Scholars Program in 2017. Finally, she will complete her Master’s in Public Health at Yale University in May 2023.

Dr. Carter-Bawa was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing for her work in patient-clinician communication in complex cancer screening decisions in 2018. She is currently the Director of the Cancer Prevention Precision Control Institute at the Center for Discovery & Innovation (CDI) at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey. She is also a Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention & Control Program and Co-Director of Community Outreach & Engagement for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center consortium. She also holds an Affiliate Investigator appointment at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Prior to joining CDI, she was an Associate Attending Behavioral Scientist and the Associate Research Director of Tobacco Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with a parallel appointment as Associate Professor of Population Health at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Carter-Bawa’s research focuses on understanding the many factors that influence the decision-making process in lung cancer screening decisions as well as actual screening behavior. She has a particular passion for understanding how stigma influences the decision to screen, or not, for lung cancer, and has been funded by multiple organizations including the National Cancer Institute and the American Lung Association. She has been a strong advocate of understanding the patient perspective in lung cancer screening and credits the many wonderful individuals who have been involved in her studies for shaping her perspective on research and care in lung cancer.

Dr. Carter-Bawa serves as the Chair of the Stigma & Nihilism Task Group of the American Cancer Society’s National Lung Cancer Roundtable. She is an appointed member of the Editorial Board of Nursing Research, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Nursing. She also serves as an executive board member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Board of the Centralized Institutional Review Board of the National Cancer Institute as well as many academic and national committees aimed at improving cancer prevention, early detection and decreasing inequities in care.

Read our interview with Dr. Carter-Bawa.

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Francis Valenzona
Assistant to Dr. Lisa Carter-Bawa

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