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Dr. Ronald E. Myers received a D.S.W. in Social Welfare Policy in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology in 1989 from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Myers completed postdoctoral training in Behavioral Epidemiology at Fox Chase Cancer Center from 1983 to 1985. Dr. Myers conducted cancer prevention and control research in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia from 1985 to 1994. In 1994, Dr. Myers joined the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and established a Cancer Prevention and Control Program. In 2001, Dr. Myers was appointed Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Genetic and Preventive Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. In 2006, he was appointed Professor and Director, Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Myers has conducted cancer prevention and control research for two decades. He has been principal investigator on 20 peer-reviewed research grants and has numerous publications in the field. His areas of expertise include patient adherence to cancer screening, physician follow-up of abnormal cancer screening test results, informed decision making in cancer susceptibility testing and in cancer clinical trials participation. Dr. Myers has led a community engagement in research project funded by the NCI Center for Reducing Cancer Health Disparities, a CDC-funded project on informed decision making about prostate cancer screening, and an NCI-funded study of targeted and tailored patient interventions designed to increase CRC screening in primary care practices. Currently, he is leading an NCI-funded study to assess the impact of gene-environment risk assessment on CRC screening, an NCI-funded study of tailored navigation in CRC screening, and an American Cancer Society-funded study of colon cancer screening among African Americans. Dr. Myers has also initiated a developmental study of informed decision making about treatment among pancreatic and periampullary cancer patients, and a study of decision making about stem cell transplantation among patients diagnosed with sickle cell disease.



1. Participants will be able to define patient-centered care.

2. Participants will be able to identify components of the Decision Counseling Program©

3. Participants will be able to determine outcomes of exposure to decision counseling and shared decision making

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