Jessica Chubak, PhD

“My research focuses on improving cancer control by finding effective ways to get screened for cancer and to navigate treatment and survivorship.”

Jessica Chubak, PhD

Group Health Research Institute Associate Investigator

Biography

Jessica Chubak works to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment, control, and survivorship. She is the Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Research Network. She contributes to several national collaborations that are finding practical, efficient, effective ways to screen for cancer, especially colorectal cancer. She also studies how common medications affect cancer risk and recurrence. Based on a personal interest in how pets positively affect health, Dr. Chubak is studying animal-assisted activities in clinics and hospitals where children get treated for cancer. Dr. Chubak’s methodological research focuses on the use of administrative and electronic health record data.

Dr. Chubak joined GHRI in 2007, bringing expertise in epidemiologic methods, pharmaco-epidemiology, and cancer. Awarded a Fulbright graduate student grant, Dr. Chubak pursued her master's degree in bioethics and health law in New Zealand. Dr. Chubak is an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. A member of the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the Society for Epidemiologic Research, she also serves as a peer reviewer for a dozen journals, including Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Journal of Oncology Practice, and the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

Research interests and experience

  • Cancer

    Epidemiology; colorectal cancer; medication use; survivorship; secondary prevention; quality of life; automated data collection; screening; animal-assisted activities; survivorship

  • Health Services & Economics

    Chronic illness management; translation of preventive care research into clinical practice

  • Medication Use & Patient Safety

    Cancer risk and use of common medications; pharmaceutical outcomes research; validation of pharmacy data resources

 

Recent publications

Chubak J, Hawkes R. Animal-assisted activities in pediatric oncology: results from a survey of top-ranked pediatric oncology hospitals. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2015 Nov 20. pii: 1043454215614961. [Epub ahead of print].

Kroenke CH, Chubak J, Johnson L, Castillo A, Weltzien E, Caan BJ. Enhancing breast cancer recurrence algorithms through selective use of medical record data. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Nov 18;108(3). pii: djv336. Print 2016 Mar.

Chubak J, Bowles EJ, Yu O, Buist DS, Fujii M, Boudreau DM. Breast cancer recurrence in relation in antidepressant use. Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print].

Green BB, Anderson ML, Chubak J, Fuller S, Meenan RT, Vernon SW. Impact of continued mailed fecal tests in the patient-centered medical home: year 3 of the systems of support to increase colon cancer screening and follow-up randomized trial. Cancer. 2015 Oct 21. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29734. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

latest news

Group Health’s lifesaving approach to screening for colon cancer takes another step forward

Research shows innovative approach serves health care consumers over long term.

Read it in News and Events.

Healthy Findings blog

Dr. Jessica Chubak and team ROAR: Research on Animal-human Relationships

A study to help kids with cancer get time with pets begins field work, with encouragement from a GHRI interest group.

Read about it in Healthy Findings.