Carolyn Y. Fang, PhD

Carolyn Fang, PhD


Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control

Associate Director for Population Science

Esophagus, Pancreas, and Liver Cancer TRDG Member

Head and Neck Cancer TRDG Member

Ovarian and Gynecologic Cancer TRDG Member

Research Program


Education and Training

Educational Background

  • PhD, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, 1997
  • MA, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, 1993
  • BA, Psychology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 1991


  • Certification in Cancer Survivorship Training and Rehab (STAR) Program, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Editorial Appreciation Award, Health Psychology, 2010-11
  • Selected Participant, APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, 2011
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Control Award, ACS Southeast PA Committee, 2013
Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with cancer prevention, risk management and survivorship
  • Biobehavioral pathways in stress and health, including stress-related immune dysregulation in at-risk and cancer patient populations
  • Community-based interventions to reduce cancer health disparities in Asian Americans

Lab Overview

Biobehavioral Oncology and Health Disparities

Our laboratory aims to identify biobehavioral factors that influence cancer risk across a variety of populations. Guided by a biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course, we incorporate the use of comprehensive psychosocial assessments along with cutting-edge molecular techniques in our multidisciplinary research studies. Our laboratory has been investigating biobehavioral mechanisms underlying the stress response across various cancers, including cervical and head and neck cancers. More recently, we have extended this research to comprehensively examine stress-immune pathways in the context of indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Together, these findings will contribute to a greater understanding of potential psychosocial, behavioral, and immunologic pathways that may play a role in cancer risk and patient outcomes.

Other related projects examine cultural, psychosocial and environmental determinants of cancer health disparities in underserved Asian Americans, one of the fastest growing ethnic/racial groups in the US. In collaboration with Dr. Grace Ma and the Center for Asian Health at Temple University, we have developed and implemented various community-based interventions to enhance cancer screening and risk reduction behaviors. Together we have demonstrated that we can significantly improve cancer screening and prevention behaviors by utilizing a multifaceted approach that addresses social, personal, and access barriers to screening and other health-promoting behaviors in underserved Asian American populations

Lab Staff

Colleen McKeown

Research Specialist

Room: Young Pavilion, 4th Floor

Wanzi Yang, AD

Project Manager

Room: Young Pavilion, 4th Floor

Jing Lu, MS

Research Assistant

Room: Young Pavilion, 4th Floor

Julia Zhong, BS

Research Assistant

Room: Young Pavilion, 4th Floor

Jessie Panick, BA

Health Educator II

Room: Young Pavilion, 4th Floor

Margaret Brown

Administrative Assistant

Room: Young Pavilion, 4th Floor

Selected Publications

Fang CY, Tseng M. Ethnic density and cancer: A review of the evidence. Cancer, 124(9):1877-903, 2018. PMC5920546

Fang CY, Ma GX, Handorf EA, Feng Z, Tan Y, Rhee J, Miller SM, Kim C, Koh HS. Addressing Multilevel Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening in Korean American Women: A Randomized Trial of a Community-Based Intervention. Cancer, 2017 Mar 15;123(6):1018-1026. PMC5339039. PubMed

Ma GX, Fang CY, Seals B, Feng Z, Tan Y, Siu P, Yeh MC, Golub SA, Nguyen MT, Tran T, Wang M. A Community-Based Randomized Trial of Hepatitis B Screening Among High-Risk Vietnamese Americans. Am J Public Health. 2017 Mar;107(3):433-440. PMC5296686. PubMed

Fang CY, Heckman CJ. Informational and Support Needs of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: Current Status and Emerging Issues. Cancers of the Head & Neck, 2016;1:15. doi 10.1186/s41199-016-0017-6 

Longacre ML, Galloway TJ, Parvanta CF, Fang CY. Medical communication-related information need and resource preferences among family caregivers for head and neck cancer patients. Journal of Cancer Education, 30(4):786-91, 2015. PMC5220670. PubMed

Fang CY, Boden G, Siu PT, Tseng M.  Stressful life events are associated with insulin resistance among Chinese immigrant women in the United States. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2:563-567, 2015. PMC4555990. PubMed

Fang CY, Ross EA, Pathak HB, Godwin AK, Tseng M. Acculturative stress and inflammation among Chinese immigrant women.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(5):320-6, 2014. PMC4164056. PubMed

Fang CY, Egleston BL, Ridge JA, Lango MN, Bovbjerg DH, Studts JL, Burtness BA, Einarson MB, Klein-Szanto AJP.  Psychosocial functioning and vascular endothelial growth factor in patients with head and neck cancer. Head & Neck, 36:1113-1119, 2014.  PMC4099415. PubMed

Wen KY, Fang CY, Ma GX. Breast cancer experience and survivorship among Asian Americans: A systematic review.  Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 8(1):94-107, 2014.  PMC3945715. PubMed

Lango MN, Fang CY, Burtness B, Galloway T, Mehra R, Ebersole B, Li T, Ridge JA. Baseline health perceptions, dysphagia and survival in head and neck cancer.  Cancer, 120(6):840-7, 2014. PMC3951722. PubMed

Fang CY, Longacre ML, Manne SL, Ridge JA, Lango MN, Burtness BA. Informational needs of head and neck cancer patients.  Health and Technology, 2(1);57-62, 2012. PMC3327509.

Longacre ML, Ridge JA, Burtness BA, Galloway TJ, Fang CY.  Psychosocial functioning of caregivers for head and neck cancer patients. Oral Oncology, 48:18-25, 2012. PMC3357183.


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