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Evelyn Arana, M.S., Dr.P.H.

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Professional Background

Research Interests: Cancer Control and Survivorship among Hispanics; Geriatric Oncology; Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Evelyn Arana is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Supportive Care in Cancer at The University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Arana is a social and behavioral scientist who conducts research on cancer prevention and control among Hispanics and older (age 65+) cancer patients and survivors. She has worked on a smoking cessation clinical trial for Hispanics in the U.S. and is currently focusing on research to reduce side effects from cancer and its treatments in Hispanics and older (age 65+) cancer survivors, primarily via exercise. As a first-generation Hispanic, Dr. Arana is very passionate about helping Hispanics with cancer have a better quality of life.



BS | Brown University

MS | Teachers College, Columbia University

DrPH | Drexel University
Community Health and Prevention

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

04/2018 - 05/2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cancer Disparities Center, Hackensack University Medical Center. Research training in cancer prevention and control.

06/2017 - 03/2018
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy (NYC Thrive Initiative). Research training in public health and health policy.


2023 - 2023
2023 Conquer Cancer Merit Award
Sponsor: American Society of Clinical Oncology

2022 - 2022
Travel Award to attend the 2022 AACR Cancer Disparities Meeting
Sponsor: NCI Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program

2021 - 2023
NIH Loan Repayment Program
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute

Outstanding Dissertation Award
Sponsor: Drexel University School of Public Health
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Travel Award from the Health Special Interest Research Group
Sponsor: IASSIDD

Research Poster Award
Sponsor: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Research Excellence Award - Highly Commended
Sponsor: Drexel University School of Public Health
Location: Philadelphia, PA

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Journal Articles

Arana-Chicas E, Culakova E, Mohamed MR, Tylock R, Wells M, Flannery M, Mustian KM, Cupertino AP, Magnuson A, Mohile SG. "Older adults with advanced cancer report pain not captured by clinician-graded Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE)." Journal of geriatric oncology.. 2023 Mar 27; 14(3):101480. Epub 2023 Mar 27.

Shafqat S, Arana Chicas E, Shafqat A, Hashmi SK. "The Achilles' heel of cancer survivors: fundamentals of accelerated cellular senescence." The Journal of clinical investigation.. 2022 Jul 1; 132(13)

Arana-Chicas E, Cartujano-Barrera F, Rieth KK, Richter KK, Ellerbeck EF, Cox LS, Graves KD, Diaz FJ, Catley D, Cupertino AP. "Effectiveness of Recruitment Strategies of Latino Smokers: Secondary Analysis of a Mobile Health Smoking Cessation Randomized Clinical Trial." Journal of medical Internet research.. 2022 Jun 27; 24(6):e34863. Epub 2022 Jun 27.