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Michelle C. Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-5513

Office: (585) 276-4656

Fax: (585) 461-5601

Research Labs

Cancer Control & Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory

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Faculty Appointments



Dr. Janelsins' laboratory focuses on : 1) understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients 2) investigating interventions to alleviate cognitive difficulties in cancer patients, and 3) translational models of cognitive difficulties in cancer.

Dr. Janelsins' area of expertise is in psychoneuroimmunology, immunology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. In addition to a focus on cognition and cancer, her lab is broadly interested in many aspects of research related to quality of life improvement and side effect management in cancer.



BS | Ursinus College

MS | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Microbiology and Immunology

PhD | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Microbiology and Immunology

MPH | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Public Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2008 - 2011
Behavioral Medicine Unit, Cancer Control Program, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, Training areas: Behavioral Science, Cancer Control, Neuropsychology


Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute

Best of Journal of Clinical Oncology
Sponsor: ASCO

NIH Director's New Innovator Award
Sponsor: NIH

Citation Award
Sponsor: Society of Behavioral Medicine

2013 - 2018
NCI K07 Career Development Award
Sponsor: NCI

MASCC Outstanding Young Investigator of the Year Award
Sponsor: Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer

2011 - Present
NCI Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award

ASPO New Investigator Award

Markey Cancer Center and NCI International Conference on the Side Effects of Cancer Research Abstract Award

Highest Ranked Abstract Award for the Annual Meeting of ASPO
Sponsor: American Society of Preventive Oncology

Distinguished Fellow, NIH Institute on Design & Conduct of Randomized Controlled Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions
Sponsor: OBSSR

First Prize Poster Award
Location: American Society for Preventive Oncology

Research Abstract Award
Sponsor: Society of Behavioral Medicine

2008 - 2011
NCI Cancer Control Fellowship Award

First Prize Poster Award in Cancer Control/Epidemiology
Sponsor: James P. Wilmot Cancer Center

Outstanding Abstract Award
Sponsor: Keystone: Alzheimer's Disease Meeting

2005 - 2008
Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA)
Sponsor: NINDS

Sponsor: Pathogenesis of Neuroimmunologic Diseases
Location: Marine Biological Laboratory

Melville Hare Award for Excellence in Teaching
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Summer Scholars Fellowship/Grant
Sponsor: Howard Hughes, Ursinus College

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Clinical Trials

Phase II SBIR - CAMPFIRE: An Electronic Platform for Cognitive Assessment in Cancer Patients

Lead Researcher: Michelle C Janelsins-Benton

The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility (acceptability and usability) and usefulness of the CAMPFIRE (Cognitive Assessment and Monitoring Platform for Integrative Research) system, a patient-facing portal able to collect and produce reports for clinicians on Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS-Cognitive Function/Anxiety/Depression) outcomes via MyChart and NIH Toolbox, an inperson brief objective cognitive function battery. This study will aim to determine the value of the CAMPFIRE system for patients and providers as a tool for monitoring cognitive symptoms throughout the course of chemotherapy

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Journal Articles

Kleckner AS, Culakova E, Kleckner IR, Belcher EK, Demark-Wahnefried W, Parker EA, Padula GDA, Ontko M, Janelsins MC, Mustian KM, Peppone LJ. "Nutritional Status Predicts Fatty Acid Uptake from Fish and Soybean Oil Supplements for Treatment of Cancer-Related Fatigue: Results from a Phase II Nationwide Study." Nutrients.. 2021 Dec 31; 14(1)Epub 2021 Dec 31.

Gilmore N, Xu H, Kehoe L, Kleckner AS, Moorthi K, Lei L, Mohamed MRS, Loh KPM, Culakova E, Flannery M, Ramsdale E, Duberstein PR, Canin B, Kamen C, Giri G, Watson E, Patil A, Onitilo AA, Burnette B, Janelsins M, Mohile SG. "Evaluating the association of frailty with communication about aging-related concerns between older patients with advanced cancer and their oncologists." Cancer.. 2021 Nov 11; Epub 2021 Nov 11.

Mohile SG, Mohamed MR, Xu H, Culakova E, Loh KP, Magnuson A, Flannery MA, Obrecht S, Gilmore N, Ramsdale E, Dunne RF, Wildes T, Plumb S, Patil A, Wells M, Lowenstein L, Janelsins M, Mustian K, Hopkins JO, Berenberg J, Anthony N, Dale W. "Evaluation of geriatric assessment and management on the toxic effects of cancer treatment (GAP70+): a cluster-randomised study." Lancet.. 2021 Nov 3; Epub 2021 Nov 03.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Psychological Aspects of Cancer
Author List: Mustian, K. M.; Sprod, L.K., Janelsins, M.C., Peppone, L.J., Carroll, J., Mohile, S.G., Palesh, O.G.
Edited By: B. Carr and J. Steel
Published By: Springer 2012 in New York, NY

Chapter Title: Application to gene therapy and vaccination.
Book Title: Neuroimmune Pharmacology
Author List: Bowers, W.J., Janelsins, M.C., and Federoff, H.J.
Published By: Springer, New York, NY 2008