Suzanne M. Miller, PhD

Suzanne Miller, PhD


Director, Patient Empowerment and Decision Making

Editor in Chief, Translational Behavioral Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Research Program

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1976
  • BS, Psychology, McGill University, 1972


  • Chair, Executive Board; Member of Finance Committee; Member of Steering Committee Medicaid 2.0; NJ Health Care Quality Institute, 2016- ( (Temple Health News Digest Release March 27,  2017; Acknowledged as the Board Chair of NJ Health Care)
  • Editor-in-chief, Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2015-2020.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2015-2020.
  • Member, National Advisory Council for the Cancer Experience Registry, Cancer Support Community, 2015- (
  • Member, Behavioral Medicine, Interventions and Outcomes Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 2012-2018.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Chair Research Committee, and Chair Bioethics, Compassionate Care Foundation, 2011-  (
  • Member, Board of Directors; Chair Research Committee; Member Effectiveness Quality Committee; Member, Real World Health Care Blog, (, HealthWell Foundation, Washington DC, 2007-  (
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Psychosocial Oncology Society, 2007-2014
  • Member, Executive Committee, American Society of Preventive Oncology, 2000-2008

Honors & Awards

  • Invited Evidence-based Intervention, Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs), National Cancer Institute. “Tailored telephone counseling to improve adherence to follow-up regimens after an abnormal pap smear among minority, underserved women”, 2018
  • Invited Cited Article, Cochrane Review of Patient Decision Aids, 2017
  • Invited Participant, Specialty Integrated Care Initiative, American Psychological Association’s Center for Psychology and Health, 2016
  • Receipt of a Joint Legislative Resolution Award on behalf of the State of NJ State honoring Dr. Suzanne Miller and the other founding members of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. The joint resolution was signed by Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblymen John S. Wisniewski and Craig J. Coughlin. 2015-16
  • Featured Grantee, Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, 2014-15
  • Recipient of the Society of Behavioral Medicine C. Tracy Orleans Distinguished Service Award.  2011
  • Recipient, Marie Edna Funk Donor Funds for Survivorship Research, 2009
  • Recipient, Marie Edna Funk Donor Funds for Survivorship Research, 2009
  • Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2006 –
  • Recipient of the Cancer Control Award, Southeast Region of the American Cancer Society, 2002
  • Invited Expert Interviewer and Coordinator for Module on Breast Cancer, Behavioral Health and Health Counseling: APA Psychotherapy Videotape Series III, American Psychological Association, November 2002
  • Recipient of the Cancer Information Service Atlantic Region Award for Partners in Research, 2001
  • Fellow, Division 38 (Health Psychology), American Psychological Association, 1996-
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association 1996-
  • Fellow, American Institute of Stress, 1980-
  • Young Scientists Award, British Psycho physiological Society, 1975
  • University Scholarship, McGill University, 1970-1972
Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Application of personalized behavioral principles to achieve health equity  between the availability of groundbreaking cancer control technologies and the populations they are meant to serve, focusing on women and the underserved.
  • Psychosocial and coping profiles underlying information processing, health information processing, behavioral outcomes and health outcomes.
  • Development and evaluation of tailored and targeted cancer prevention and control interventions for populations at risk,  patients,  and survivors to facilitate decision making, promote behavior change and enhance adaptation, using traditional and new technologies.

Lab Overview

The overarching goal of Dr. Miller's lab is to make cancer prevention-control programs more effective by identifying the distinctive ways in which individuals make decisions, adjust to risk information and manage recommended medical regimens. She employs a transdisciplinary team approach in designing, developing and evaluating both traditional (e.g., print materials, telephone counseling) and new technology (e.g., text-messaging, web-based applications) interventions tailored to individual differences and targeted to group differences among patients and their families. Dr. Miller's work is based on her integrative theory-based framework, the Cognitive-Social Health Information Processing (C-SHIP) model, and focuses on interventions to enhance decision-making for prevention, treatment and clinical trial options; adherence to recommended screening, prevention and treatment regimens; adjustment to cancer risk feedback; and the translation and dissemination of interventions into clinical, community and other service settings and systems.

Dr. Miller's recent funded research has focused on developing and evaluating interventions designed to:

  • Enhance decision making about preference-sensitive cancer screening and treatment options
  • Increase adherence to follow up cervical cancer diagnostic screening following an abnormal Pap smear among inner-city women
  • Promote long-term smoking cessation among underserved pregnant and postpartum women
  • Facilitate the transition from active treatment into survivorship to improve adaptation, self-management and surveillance, especially among low-health literacy populations
  • Facilitate information processing, high quality prevention and treatment decisions, and adaptation among women at risk for breast and ovarian cancer
  • Improve informed consent procedures in both research and hospital contexts
Lab Staff

Erin Kelly Tagai, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Associate

Room: P4141

Andrew P. Belfiglio

Research Assistant


Jenny Xu

Research Assistant


Selected Publications

Mustian, K.M., Peppone L.J., Miller, S.M. (2017). Difficulties in Defining and Measuring Cancer-Related Fatigue-Reply. JAMA Oncology. 5 October. PMID: 28983561. Pub Med in Process

Tagai, E.K., Miller, S.M., Kutikov, A., Diefenbach, M.A., Gor, R.A., Al-Saleem, T., Chen, D.Y.T., Fleszar, S., Roy, G. (2018). Prostate cancer patients’ understanding of the Gleason scoring system: implications for shared decision making. Journal of Cancer Education. PMID: 29333577. Pub Med in Process.

Stanton, A.L., Diefenbach, M.A., Miller, S.M., Fleisher, L., Morra, M.E., Jorge, A.M., Wen, K-Y., Ropka, M.E., Slevin-Perocchia,R., Wiley, J.F. (in press).  Pathways to recovery after breast Cancer Treatment: An internet-delivered randomized controlled trial.  Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research.  Pub Med in Process

Fang, C.Y., Ma, G.F., Handorf, E., Feng, Z., Tan, Y, Rhee, J., Miller, S.M., Kim, C., Koh, H.S. (2017). Addressing Multilevel Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening in Korean American Women: A Randomized Trial of a Community-Based Intervention. Cancer, 2017 May 15;123(6):1018-1026. PMCID: PMC5339039

Miller, S.M. (2017). Why null results do not mean no results: negative findings have implications for policy, practice, and research. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research. 7(2): 137. PMCID: PMC5526820

Miller, S.M., Tagai, E.K Wen, K-Y, Lee, M., Hui, Sk A., Scarpato, J., Kurtz, D., Hernandez, E. (2017). Predictors of adherence to follow-up recommendations after an abnormal pap smear among inner-city underserved women. Patient Education and Counseling.  Epub ahead of print PMID: 28190541 Pub Med in Process

Christian, A.H., O’Malley, D., Barac, A., Miller, S.M., Hudson, S.V. (2017),  Cardiovascular risk and communication among early stage breast cancer survivors. Patient Education and Counseling  Feb 10 epub ahead of print, 1-7.  PMID: 28215826  Pub Med in Process

O’Malley, D., Dewan, A.A., Ohman-Strickland, P., Gundersen, D.A., Miller, S.M., Hudson, S.V. (2017) Determinants of patient activation in a community sample of breast and prostate cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology, Jan 30, epub ahead of print 1-9. PMID: 28133892. Pub Med in Process

Mustian, K.M., Alfano, C.M., Heckler, C., Kleckner, I.R., Leach, C.R., Mohr, D., Palesh, O.G., Peppone, L.J., Piper, B.F., Scarpato, J., Sprod, L.K., Miller, S.M. (2017) Comparison of pharmaceutical, psychological, and exercise treatments for cancer-related fatigue: a meta-analysis. Journal of American Medical Association Oncology, Mar 2 epub ahead of print, E1-8. PMID: 28253393 Pub Med in Process

Meropol, N.J., Wong, Y-N, Abrecht, T., Manne, S., Miller, S.M., Flamm, A., Bowen Benson, A., Buzaglo, J., Collins, M., Egleston, B., Fleisher, L., Katz, M., Kinzy, T., Liu, T., Margevicius, S., Miller, D.M., Poole, D., Raivitch, S., Roach, N., Ross, E., Schlucter, R. (2016). Randomized trial of a web-based intervention to address barriers to clinical trials. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Feb 10; 34(5) 469-78.  PMCID: PMC4872012. PubMed

Hui, S.K., Miller, S.M., Hazuda, L., Englemen, K., Ellerback, E. (2016). Novel method for recruiting representative at-risk individuals into cancer prevention trials: on-line health risk assessment in employee wellness programs. Journal of Cancer Education. Sep; 31 (3); 421-429. PMCID: PMC4848180. PubMed

Roussi, P., Miller, S.M., Giri, V.N., Obeid, E., Wen, K-Y., Tagai, E., Scarpato, J., Gross, L., Roy, G., (2016). Effects of a randomized trial comparing standard and enhanced counseling for men at high risk for prostate cancer as a function of race and monitoring style.  Journal of Health Psychology.  Epub ahead of print October 9, 2016, 1-10: NIHMSID 834324 Pub Med in Process

Miller, S.M., Bowen, D.J., Diefenbach, M., Tercyak, K.P. Creating the Future of Translational Behavioral Medicine. (2016). Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research.  Jun; 6 (2) 167-68 PMCID: PMC4927459. 

Lee, M., Miller, S.M., Wen, K-Y, Roussi, P., Hernandez E. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral intervention to promote smoking cessation for pregnant and postpartum inner city women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38; (6): 932-943 PMCID: PMC4628860. PubMed

Miller, S.M., Hudson, S.V, Hui, SK A., Diefenbach, M.A., Fleisher, L., Raivitch, S., Belton, T., Roy, G., Njoku, A., Scarpato, J., Viterbo, R., Buyyounoski, M., Denlinger, C., Miyamoto, C., Reese A., and Baman, J. (2015). Development and preliminary testing of PROGRESS : A web-based education program for prostate cancer survivors transitioning from active treatment. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice.  Sept 9;; (3): 541-543 PMCID: PMC4537811 PubMed

Additional Publications



Diefenbach, M. A., Miller, S. M. & Bowen, D. J. (Eds) (2016). Handbook of Health Decision Science. Springer Publications, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10001.

Miller, S.M., Bowen, D., Croyle, R. & Rowland, J. (Eds.) (2008). Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Science: A Resource for Researchers, Practitioners, and Policy Makers. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. (Foreword by Dr. David Abrams)

Miller, S.M., McDaniel, S., Rolland, J., & Feetham, S. (Eds.) (2006). Individuals, Families & the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives. New York: Norton Publications. (Foreword by Dr. Francis Collins)

Samaroff, A., Lewis, M., & Miller, S.M. (Eds.) (2000). Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology.  (2nd Edition) New York: Plenum Press.

Lewis, M. & Miller, S.M. (Eds.) (1990). Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology. (1st Edition). New York: Plenum Press.

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