Skip Main Navigation | Skip to Content

Pascal Jean-Pierre

Pascal Jean-Pierre

Associate Professor
(850) 645-7396
Main Campus


Dr. Pascal Jean-Pierre is a behavioral scientist with doctoral and postdoctoral training and experience in clinical health psychology, behavioral medicine, cancer control research, and clinical investigation and public health. His work focuses on developing and testing cancer control and survivorship interventions to improve cognitive functioning, psychosocial functioning and quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. Dr. Jean-Pierre is especially interested in 1) understanding the underlying neurobiological and neuropsychological mechanisms involved in cancer and treatment-related neurocognitive dysfunction (CRND); 2) developing and testing reliable methods to facilitate diagnosis, optimal care, and successful neurocognitive rehabilitation; 3) understanding brain plasticity and changes that accompany recovery of neurocognitive functioning in the context of cancer and its treatments; and 4) developing and testing behavioral and pharmacological interventions to treat CRND and other biobehavioral adverse effects (e.g., fatigue, psychological distress) for cancer patients and survivors. Additionally, Dr. Jean-Pierre is interested in strategies to eliminate cancer disparities for individuals from medically underserved and disadvantaged ethno-cultural and socioeconomic populations. An overarching goal of Dr. Jean-Pierre's work is to develop clinical research interventions that are applicable across multicultural populations, reduce cancer burden and sufferings, and improve quality of life for all cancer patients and survivors.


2009 M.P.H., PUBLIC HEALTH, CLINICAL INVESTIGATION University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York

2005 Ph.D., CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

2003 M.A., CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

1999 B.A., PSYCHOLOGY, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York




2012 – Present: Conquer Cancer Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Diversity in Oncology Initiative.

2012 – 2015: American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Health Disparities Committee.

2010 – 2012: Gubernatorial appointed member, Florida Cancer Control Research Advisory Council.

2010: Gubernatorial Appointed Member, New York State Governor’s Advisory Panel on Prostate Cancer Awareness.

2010 – 2012: American Public Health Association, The Nation’s Health Advisory Committee.

2009: Gubernatorial appointed member, New York State Prostate and Testicular Cancer Detection and Education Advisory Council.

2008: University of Rochester Medical School Dean’s nomination for the New York State Academy of Sciences 2008 Blavatnik Award for young scientist.

2006: Multinational Association of Supportive Care - Young Investigator Award

2009: Best of ASCO 2009. "Neuroprotective effect of SSRI among 781 cancer patients receiving chemotherapy: A URCC CCOP Study." (Oral Presentation 2009 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology).

2009: Best Poster Award (2nd Prize) American Society of Preventive Oncology, 33rd Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

2008: Best of ASCO 2008. A Phase III randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of a eugeroic agent in 642 cancer patients reporting fatigue during chemotherapy: A URCC CCOP Study (Oral Presentation, 2008 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology).

2008: Best Poster award (3rd Prize) MD Anderson Conference on Mechanisms and Treatment of Cancer-related Symptoms.

2007: Seventh annual NIH Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions.

2007: National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Minority Investigators Workshop on Advanced Behavioral Methodologies.

2007: National Cancer Institute, Second Annual Minority Investigators Workshop on Behavioral Methodologies. Washington, D.C.

2006: American Cancer Society/American Association for Cancer Research scholarship to attend the 2006 AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting in Boston, MA.

2006 – 2011: National Institutes of Health – Loan Repayment for Health Disparities Research.

2006: National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Conference on Understanding and Reducing Disparities in Health: Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Contributions.

2006: National Cancer Institute – Second Biennial Career Development Workshop to Increase diversity in Research Funding. Palm Desert, CA.

2006: National Cancer Institute/Office of Behavioral & Social Science Research Third Annual Advanced Training Institute on Behavior Health Theory.

2006: Multinational Association of Supportive Care - Young Investigator Award

2006: National Cancer Institute - Cancer Control and Prevention Fellow, University of Rochester Medical Center, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center.

2005: Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology – Minority Students Conference, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

2005: Stanley Berger Award for Outstanding Commitment to further the goals of Multiculturalism and/or Commitment to Underserved Populations, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

2005: Finalist, Peter Miranda Prize in research methodology and statistics, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

2003-2004: Multicultural Fellow, Psychology Department Multicultural Task Force, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

2002-2003: URI-Foundation Fellowship, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

2001-2002: Multicultural Fellow, Psychology Department Multicultural Task Force, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

1999-2001: URI Graduate Fellowship, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

1999: Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology, Brooklyn College, City University of NY

1999-2000: Ascend/McNair Scholar – Brooklyn College, City University of New York

1998: Golden Key National Honor Society, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

1997: Dean’s Honor List, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

2012 – 2016: Member, Conquer Cancer Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology Diversity in Oncology Initiative Subcommittee.

2012 – 2015: Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Health Disparities Committee.

2012: NIH/NHLBI, Summer Institute in Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research. Program to Increase Diversity in Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research.

2012: National Institute of Arthritis & Muscoloskeletal & Skin Disease Special Emphasis Panel, 2012/08 Council. Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information Science, Grant Review Panel.

2010 – 2012: Florida Pediatric Society /Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Board Member (Alternate Representative, Florida District 8).

2010: National Cancer Institute Symptom Management & Quality of Life Clinical Trials Planning Meeting on Cancer-Related Fatigue.

2010: National Patient Navigator Leadership Summit, Patient Reported Outcomes, Working Group Member, American Cancer Society.

2009: National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Special Emphasis Panel.

2009: NIH/National Cancer Institute, Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information Science (PROMIS), Grant Review Panel


American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Association for Cancer Research
American Society of Preventive Oncology
Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Society of Behavioral Medicine
American Psychological Association, Division 40, Neuropsychology
American Public Health Association
Society for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Research Focus

  • Characterization and management of cancer and treatment-related neurocognitive dysfunction
  • Cancer control and symptom management (cognition, fatigue, sleep, psychological distress)
  • Assessment and management of chronic diseases-related neurocognitive dysfunction
  • Measurement development and psychometric evaluation and validation
  • Equitably beneficial health care access and utilization for underserved multicultural populations


Peer-reviewed Articles

Jean-Pierre P, Cheng Y, Wells K, Freund K, Snyder F, Fiscella K, Holden A, Paskett E, Dudley D, Simmons MA, Valverde P. Satisfaction with Cancer Care Among Underserved Racial-Ethnic Minorities And Lower Income Patients Receiving Patient Navigation. Cancer. 2016 Apr 1;122(7):1060-7.

Jean-Pierre P, Grandner MA, Garland SN, Henry E, Jean-Louis G, Burish TG. Self-Reported Memory Problems in Adult-onset Cancer Survivors: Effects of Cardiac Complications and Insomnia. Sleep Med. 2015 Jul; 16(7) 845-49.

Wells KJ, Winters PC, Jean-Pierre P, Warren-Mears V, Post D, Van Duyn MAS, Fiscella K, PNRP. Effect of Patient Navigation on Satisfaction with Cancer-Related Care. Supportive Care Cancer. 2016 Apr;24(4):1729-53.

Paxton RJ, Jean-Pierre P, Park SH, Gao Y, Herrmann S, Norman GJ. The construct and Predictive Validity of psychosocial correlates of television viewing. Journal of Health Disparities Research & Practice. 8(2), 2015: 1-9. Jean-Pierre P, Ying Cheng; Electra Paskett; Can Shao; Kevin Fiscella; Paul Winters; Patient Navigation Research Program. Item Response Theory Analysis of the Patient Satisfaction with Cancer-Related Care Measure: A Psychometric Investigation in A Multicultural Sample of 1,296 Participants. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Aug; 22(8): 2229-40.

Pachman DR, Watson JC, Lustberg MB, Wagner-Johnston ND, Chan A, Broadfield L, Cheung YT, Steer C, Storey DJ, Chandwani KD, Paice J, Jean-Pierre P, Oh J, Kamath J, Fallon M, Strik H, Koeppen S, Loprinzi CL. Recommendations for the Management of Established Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. Supportive Care Cancer. 2014; 22(8): 2281-95.

Jean-Pierre P, Johnson-Greene D, Burish, TG. Neuropsychological Care and Rehabilitation of Cancer Patients with Chemobrain: Strategies For Evaluation and Intervention Development. Supportive Care Cancer. 2014 Aug; 22(8)2251-60.

Carle AC, Jean-Pierre P, Winters PC, Fiscella K. Psychometric Validation of the Patient Satisfaction With Logistical Aspects of Navigation (PSN-L) for the Multisite Patient Navigation Research Program Study: An Item Response Theory Analysis. Med Care 2014; 52:334-361.

Jean-Pierre P. Integrating Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy In The Characterization, Assessment, and Monitoring of Cancer and Treatment-Related Neurocognitive Dysfunction. NeuroImage. 2013 Jul 3; S1053-8119 (13): 00718-0.

Jean-Pierre P, Winters PC, Clark JA, Warren-Mears V, Wells KJ, Post DM, LaVerda N, Van Duyn MA, Fiscella K. Do Better Rated Navigators Improve Patient Satisfaction With Cancer-Related Care. J Cancer Educ. 2013 Sep; 28(3): 527-534.

Jean-Pierre P, *Fundakowski C, *Perez E, *Jean-Pierre SE, *Jean-Pierre AR, Melillo AB, Libby R, Sargi Z. Latent Structure and Reliability Analysis of the Measure of Body Apperception: Cross-Validation for Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Support Care Cancer. Feb 2013; 21(2): 591-98.

Jean-Pierre P, Winters PC, Ahles T, Antoni M, Armstrong FD, Penedo F, Lipshultz SE, Miller TL, Fiscella K. Prevalence of Memory Problems in Adult Cancer Survivors: A National Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2012; 8(1); 32-34.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Paskett E, Winters P, Wells K, Battaglia T, and the Patient Navigation Research Program group. Validation and Reliability Analysis of a Spanish version of the Patient Satisfaction with Cancer-Related Care Measure. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 2012 Sept; 20(9): 1949-56.

Roetzheim R, Freund K, Corle D, Murray D, Snyder F, Kronman A, Jean-Pierre P, Raich P, Holden A, Darnell J, Warren-Mears V, Patierno S, and the PNRP Design and Analysis Subcommittee. Analysis of Combined Data Arising from Heterogeneous Study Designs: An Example from the Patient Navigation Research Program. Clin Trials. 2012; 9(2): 1786-87.

Hendren S, Griggs J, Epstein R, Humiston S, Jean-Pierre P, Winters P, Sanders M, Loader S, Fiscella K. Randomized Controlled Trial of Patient Navigation for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients: Effects on Quality of Life. Cancer Epi, Biomarkers & Prev. 2012;21(10):1682-90.

Fiscella K, Whitley E, Hendren S, Raich P, Humiston, S, Winters, P, Jean-Pierre P, Valverde P, Thorland W, Epstein R. Patient navigation for breast and colorectal cancer treatment: a randomized trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Oct; 21(10): 1673-81.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Post D, Wells KJ, McKoy JM, Battaglia T, Simon M, Kilbourn K, Taylor E, Roetzheim RG, Patierno SR, Dudley DJ, Raich PC, Freund KM. Psychometric Development and Reliability Analysis of a Patient Satisfaction with Interpersonal Relationship with Navigator Measure: A Multi-Site Patient Navigation Research Program Study. Psycho-Oncology. 2012 Sep; 21(9): 986-92.

Fiscella K, Humiston S, Hendren S, Winters P, Jean-Pierre P, Idris A, Ford P. Eliminating disparities in cancer screening and follow-up of abnormal results: What will it take? JHCPU, 2011; 22(1): 83-100.

Heitzmann CA, Merluzzi T, Jean-Pierre P, Roscoe J, Kirsh KL, Passik S. Assessing Self-efficacy for Coping with Cancer: Development of the Brief Version of the Cancer Behavior Therapy. Psycho-Oncology. 2011; 20(3): 302-312.

Jean-Pierre P, Hendren SK, Fiscella K, Loader S, Rousseau S, Schwartzbauer B, Sanders M, Carroll J, Epstein R. Understanding Processes and Domains of Patient Navigation for Cancer Care: Perspectives of Patient Navigators from the Field. Journal of Cancer Education, 2011; 26(1): 111-120.

Fiscella K, Ransom S, Jean-Pierre P, Cella D, Stein K, Bauer JE, Crane-Okada R, Gentry S, Canosa R, Smith T, Sellers J, Jankowksi E, Walsh K. Patient-reported outcome measures suitable to assessment of patient navigation. Cancer. 2011: 117(S15); 3630-17.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Freund KM, Clark J, Darnell J, Holden A, Post D, Patierno SR, Winters PC, Patient Navigation Research Program Group. Structural and Reliability Analysis of a Patient Satisfaction with Cancer-Related Care Measure: A Multi-Site Patient Navigation Research Program Study. Cancer. 2011; 117(4): 854-861.

Mohile SG, Fan L, Reeve E, Jean-Pierre P, Mustian K, Peppone L, Janelsins M, Morrow G, Hall W, Dale W. Association of Cancer with Geriatric Syndromes in Older Medicare Beneficiaries. J Clinical Oncology. 2011; 29(11): 1458-64.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Paskett E, Wells K, Battaglia T, and the Patient Navigation Research Program group. Cross-cultural Validation of the Patient Satisfaction with Interpersonal Relationship with Navigator Measure: a multi-site patient navigation research study. Psycho-Oncol. 2012;21(12):1309-15.

Mohile SG, Heckler C, Fan L, Mustian K, Jean-Pierre P, Usuki K, Sprod L, Janelsins M. Purnell J, Peppone L, Palesh O, Devine K, Morrow G. Age-related Differences in Symptoms and Their Interference with Quality of Life in 903 Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2011; 2(4): 225-232.

Carroll JK, Mohr DC, Spring B, Figueroa-Moseley C, Jean-Pierre P, Sprod LK, Mustian KM, Yancey AK, Fiscella K. "What are successful recruitment and retention strategies for underserved populations? Examining physical activity interventions in primary care and community settings". Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. 2011; 1(2): 234-51.

Jean-Pierre P, Morrow G, Fiscella K, Stevenson J, Griggs J, Roscoe J, Carroll J, Singh D, Atkins J, Khanna R. A Brief Patient Self-Report Screening Measure of Cancer Treatment-Related Memory Problems: Psychometric Development and Validation. Treatment Strategies Oncology. 2011; 2(1): 93-95.

Janelsins M, Roscoe J, Berg M, Thompson B, Gallagher M, Morrow G, Heckler C, Jean-Pierre P, Opanashuk L, Gross R. IGF-1 partially restores chemotherapy-induced reductions in neural cell proliferation in adult C57BL/6 mice. Cancer Investigation, 2010; 28(5): 544-543.

Purnell JQ, Katz ML, Andersen BL, Figueroa-Moseley C, Jean-Pierre P, Bennett N. Sociocultural factors are related to perceived colorectal cancer screening benefits and intentions in African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2010; 33(1), 24-34.

Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Joseph J, Griggs J, Morrow G, Carroll J, Hendren S, Purnell J, Figueroa-Moseley C, Kuebler P, Banerjee T, Kirshner J. Race/Ethnicity-based Concerns over Understanding Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Plan. J Natl Med Assoc., 2010; 102:184-189.

Roscoe J, O’Neill M, Jean-Pierre P, Heckler C, Kaptchuk T, Bushunow P, Shayne M, Huston A, Qazi R. An Exploratory study on the Effects of an Expectancy Manipulation on Chemotherapy-Related Nausea. Jnl of Pain and Symptom Management. 2010; 40(3):379-390.

Peppone L, Reid M, Moysich K, Morrow G, Jean-Pierre P, Mohile S, Darling T, Hyland A. The Effect of Secondhand Smoke Exposure on the Association between Active Cigarette Smoking and Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Causes Control. 2010. Aug; 21(8):1247-55.

Jean-Pierre P. Management of Cancer-Related Cognitive Dysfunction: Conceptualization Challenges and Implications for Clinical Research and Practice. US Oncol Review, 2010; 6: 9-12.

Hendren S, Griggs J, Epstein R, Humiston S, Rousseau S, Jean-Pierre P, Carroll J, Yosha A, Loader S, Fiscella K. Study Protocol: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Patient Navigation-Activation to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. BMC Cancer. 2010; 10(1): 551.

Jean-Pierre P, Morrow G, Roscoe J, Heckler C, Mohile S, Janelsins M, Peppone L, Hemstad A, Esparaz B, and Hopkins J. A Phase III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial of the Effect of Modafinil on Cancer-Related Fatigue among 642 Patients Receiving Chemotherapy: A URCC CCOP Research Base Study. Cancer. 2010, July 15; 116(14): 3513-20.

Roscoe J, Bushunow P, Jean-Pierre P, Heckler C, Purnell J, Peppone L, Chen Y, Ling MN, Morrow G. Acupressure Bands are Effective in Reducing Radiation Therapy-Related Nausea. J Pain and Symptom Management. 2009; Sept; 38(3): 381-389.

Carroll J, Humiston S, Meldrum S, Salamone C, Jean-Pierre P, Epstein R, Fiscella K. Patients’ experiences with navigation for cancer care. Patient Edu and Counsel, 2009; [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 20006459.

Carroll JK, Fiscella K, Meldrum SC, Williams GC, Jean-Pierre P, Morrow GM, Epstein RM. Clinician-patient communication about physical activity in an underserved population. Journal of American Board of Family Medicine, 2008; 21(2) 118-127.

Carroll J, Fiscella K, Epstein R, Jean-Pierre P, Figueroa-Moseley C, Williams G, Mustian K, Morrow G. Getting patients to exercise more: A systematic review of underserved populations. J Fam Pract. 2008; 57(3); 170-176.

Mustian K, Darling T, Janelsins M, Jean-Pierre P, Roscoe J, Morrow G. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. US Oncology, 2008; 4, 19-23.

Jean-Pierre P, Figueroa-Moseley C, Kohli S, Fiscella K, Palesh O, Morrow G. Assessment of cancer related fatigue: Implications for clinical diagnosis and treatment. The Oncologist, 2007; 12 (Suppl 1), 11-21.

Figueroa-Moseley C, Jean-Pierre P, Roscoe J, Ryan J, Kohli S, Palesh O, Ryan E, Carroll J, Morrow G. Behavioral interventions in treating anticipatory nausea and vomiting. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2007; 5(1), 44-50.

Mustian K, Morrow G, Carroll J, Figueroa-Moseley C, Jean-Pierre P, Williams G. Integrative non-pharmacologic behavioral interventions for the management of cancer-related fatigue. The Oncologist, 2007; 12(Suppl. 1): 52-67.

Kohli S, Griggs J, Roscoe J, Jean-Pierre P, Bole C, Mustian K, Zangmeister J, Smith K, Gross H, Morrow G. Self-reported cognitive impairment in cancer patients. J Oncology Practice, 2007;3(2),54-59.

Carroll J, Epstein R, Fiscella K, Gipson T, Volpe E, Jean-Pierre P. Caring for Somali women: Implications for clinician-patient communication. Patient Educarion and Counseling, 2007; 66(3), 337-345.

Hofman M, Ryan JL, Figueroa-Moseley C, Jean-Pierre P, Morrow GR. Cancer-related fatigue: The scale of the problem. The Oncologist, 2007; 12 (Suppl. 1), 4-10.

Jean-Pierre P, Morrow, GR. Assessing Cancer-Related Fatigue: Conceptualization Challenges and Implications for Research and Clinical Services. Geriatrics & Aging, 2007; 10(5), 2929-296.

Jean-Pierre P, Mustian K, Kohli S, Roscoe J, Hickok J, Morrow G. Community-Based Clinical Research Trials for Cancer-Related Fatigue. Journal of Supportive Oncology, 2006; 4(10),511-516.

Roscoe J, Jean-Pierre P, Morrow G, Hickock J, Issell B, wade J, King D. Exploratory analysis of the usefulness of acupressure bands when severe chemotherapy-related nausea is expected. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, 2006; 4(1), 16-20.

Roscoe JA, Jean-Pierre P, Shelke AR, Kaufman ME, Bole C, Morrow GR. The role of patients’ response expectancies in side effect development and control. Current Problems in Cancer, 2006; 30(2), 40-98.

Books and Book Chapters

Jean-Pierre P, McDonald BC. Neuroepidemiology of Cancer and Treatment-related Neurocognitive Dysfunction in Adult-onset Cancer Patients and Survivors. In Michael J. Aminoff, François Boller and Dick F. Swaab (Eds.). Handbook of Clinical Neurology – Neurology. Volume 138, 297-309. ISBN: 978-0-12-802973-2.

Purnell J, Mustian K, Jean-Pierre P, Palesh O, Peppone LJ, Mohile S, Darling TV, & Morrow GR. (2014). The psychosocial and functional impact of radiation therapy. In P. Rubin, L.S. Constine, L.B. Marks & J. Williams (Eds.), ALERT – Adverse late effects of cancer treatment. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.