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, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

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


  • Member, Board of Directors, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2015-2020.
  • Editor-in-chief, Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2015-2020.
  • Member, Wisdom Council, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2010-2011
  • Member, Guidelines Working Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2008-2011
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2007-2011
  • Chair, Development Committee, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2007-2011
  • Member, Finance Committee, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2007-2011
  • Member, Program Committee, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2007-2011
  • Member, Evidence based Behavioral Medicine Committee, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2007-
  • Member, Evidence Based Behavioral Medicine Executive Committee for Symptom Management Review, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2007-2011
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • American Psychological Association (Divisions 8, 12, and 38)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Cancer Society, Review Committee
  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Society
  • American Institute of Stress
  • American Psychological Society
  • American Society of Psychosomatic Research

Honors & Awards

  • 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.
  • Featured Grantee, Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, 2014
  • 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 bridge the disparities betweeen 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 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 diffferences 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


Erin Kelly Tagai, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Associate

Stefanie Garner

Research Study Assistant

Mary Anne Ryan

Administrative Assistant

Room: 4th Floor

Selected Publications

Lee, M., Miller, S.M., Wen, K-Y, Roussi, P., Hernandez E. (2015 in press). Cognitive-behavioral intervention to promote smoking cessation for pregnant and postpartum inner city women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, DOI: 10.1007/s10865-015-9669-7 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. Feb 20 Epub ahead of print. DOI 10.1007/s11764-015-0431-5. NIHMSID: 681131 PMID: 25697335 PubMed

Miller, S.M. 14. Sherman, K., Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Taylor A. (2015). Factors predicting adherence to risk management behaviors of women at increased risk for developing lymphedema. Support Care in Cancer, 23, Issue 1. PMCID:PMC4270823.  PubMed

Hui, A., Miller, S.M., Wen, K-Y, Zhu, F., Li, T., Buzaglo, J., Hernandez, E. (2014) Psychosocial barriers to follow-up adherence after an abnormal pap smear result among low-income, inner-city women in the U.S. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, Oct; 5(4): 234-41.PMCID: PMC4169747. PubMed

Wen, K.Y., Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Belton, T., Baman, J., Kilby, L., Hernandez, E. (2015). A content analysis of self-reported barriers and facilitators of preventing postpartum smoking relapse among a sample of current and former smokers in an underserved population. Health Education Research, Feb 30 (1): 140-151. PMCID: PMC4296888.  PubMed

Roussi, P. & Miller, S.M. (2014). Monitoring style of coping with cancer related threats: A review of the literature. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Oct: 37 (5): 931-954. NIHSMID: 555631 PMCID: PMC4136970.   PubMed

Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Scarpato, J., Wen, K.Y, Zhu, F., Roy, G. (2014). Randomized trial of print messaging: The role of the partner and monitoring style in promoting provider discussions about prostate cancer screening among AA Men. Psychooncology, Apr; 23(4) 404-411. PMCID: PMC4091779.  PubMed

Miller S.M., Hui, A., Wen, K.Y., Scarpato, J., Zhu, F., Buzaglo, J. S., & Hernandez, E. (2013). Tailored telephone counseling to improve adherence to follow-up regimens after an abnormal pap smear among minority, underserved women. Patient Education and Counseling. (93); 486-495. NIHMSID: 523301. PMCID: PMC3852173.  PubMed

Miller, S.M., Hudson, S., Egleston, B., Manne, S., Buzaglo, J., Devarajan, K., Fleisher, L., Millard, J., Solarino, N., Trinastic, J., & Meropol, N. (2013). The relationships among knowledge, self-efficacy, preparedness, decisional conflict and decisions to participate in a cancer clinical trial. Psycho-Oncology. Mar: 22(3): 481-489. PMCID: PMC 3374030.  PubMed

Hudson, S.V., Miller, S.M., Hemler, J., Ferrante, J. M., Lyle, J., Oeffinger, K.C., and DiPaola, R. S. (2012). Adult cancer survivor discuss follow-up in primary care “Not what I want, but maybe what I need”. Annals of Family Medicine. 10 (5): 418-27. PMCID: PMC3438209.  PubMed

Buzaglo, J., Miller, S. M., Kendall, J., Stanton, A., Wen, K.Y., Scarpato, J., Zhu, F., Lyle, J. and Rowland, J. (2013). Evaluation of the Efficacy and Usability of NCI’s Facing Forward Booklet in the Cancer Community Setting. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Mar; 7(1) 63-73. NIHMSID: 445951. PMCID: PMC3626437.

Wen, K.Y., Miller, S.M., Stanton, A., Fleisher, L., Morra, M.E., Jorge, A., Diefenbach, M.A., Ropka, M.E., & Marcus, A. (2012). The development and preliminary testing of a multimedia patient-provider survivorship communication module for breast cancer survivors. Patient Education and Counseling. 88, 344-49. PMCID: PMC 3419388.   PubMed

Miller, S.M., Roussi, P., Daly, M.B. and Scarpato, J. (2010). New Strategies in ovarian cancer: Uptake and experience of women at high risk of ovarian cancer who are considering risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy. Clinical Cancer Research. 16 (21), 5094-5106. PMCID: PMC 3107031.  PubMed

Miller S.M., Bowen, D.J., Croyle R.T., & Rowland, J.H. (Eds.) (2008). Handbook of Cancer Control and Behavioral Science: A Resource for Researchers, Practitioners, and Policymakers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  

Miller S.M., McDaniel S.H., Rolland J.S., & Feetham S.L. (Eds.) (2006). Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives. NY, NY: W.W. Norton.   

Additional Publications


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