Associate Professor of Oncology, Member of the Cancer Control Program at Lombardi
Dr. Graves received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Oncology and in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Dr. Graves has led a PCORI-funded project to test an intervention that aims to help Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers improve their quality of life. Dr. Graves collaborated with a community-based organization called Nueva Vida, Inc (in Washington DC) and three other community organizations (two in New York and one in California) on this effort. Dr. Graves is co-leading an R01-funded project to explore symptoms experienced by patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer who received radioactive iodine treatment. She is Site PI on an R01 to evaluate an expressive helping writing intervention to reduce symptoms among patients treated with stem cell transplant. With support from a patient philanthropic donation, Dr. Graves co-leads a pilot study to evaluate the outcomes of a peer mentoring support program in patients diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Another area in which Dr. Graves conducts work is raising awareness about genetic counseling and testing in underserved communities. She is a multiple principal investigator on an NCI-R25 award to train community health educators, patient navigators and promotoras about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in Latinos. This training project is called ARBOLES Familiares (Family Tree). Dr. Graves is interested in translational research and research that improves cancer survivorship.