Jennifer Parsons

ChicagoCHEC Role: Site Director
Organization: University of Illinois Cancer Center
Title: Site Director, ChicagoCHEC

Prior to joining ChicagoCHEC as the UIC Site Director, Jenniferwas the Research Operations Director of the UIC Survey Research Laboratory, where shemanaged many federally funded research projects(including NIH, NIJ, HRSA and NSF). In particular, shedirected the survey cores of two P50 centers at UIC that were focused on health disparities among newly diagnosedbreast and colorectal cancerpatients in Chicago. Both of studiesincluded an extensive questionnaire development process that used cognitive interviewing techniques to understand the personal, cultural, and physical barriers to cancer diagnosis and treatment, and required tailoring recruitment strategies and appeals that were developed through meetings with community advisory boardsto ensure that the recruitment strategies were culturally sensitive. She also has extensive experience in questionnaire design, study design,and with all modes of data collection.

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