The goal of this K07 award application is to provide mentored training and research that will enable Dr. Elliot Coups to transition to an independent investigator position conducting research on the promotion of health enhancing behaviors among cancer survivors. The research proposed in this award focuses on understanding and promoting changes in physical activity and dietary practices among colorectal cancer survivors after completion of cancer treatment. Many colorectal cancer survivors do not engage in physical activity and dietary practices that may decrease their risk of cancer recurrence or for developing others cancers or chronic illnesses. Although evidence suggests that some survivors of colorectal cancer may make positive physical activity and dietary changes after finishing cancer treatment, current knowledge regarding the causes, degree, and effects of such changes is limited. An enhanced understanding of health behavior changes among colorectal cancer survivors will provide a much-needed knowledge base for the development of effective health promotion interventions for this population. Two studies are proposed ,in this application. The first study will use a prospective, longitudinal design to examine the causes, degree, and affective and cognitive effects of physical activity and dietary changes made by colorectal cancer survivors. Drawing on the results of this first study, the second study entails development of a physical activity and dietary intervention for colorectal cancer survivors and a pilot randomized controlled trial of the intervention. A program of formal coursework and mentorship will provide Dr. Coups with training in three areas: (1) cancer prevention and control;(2) design and conduct of randomized controlled trials;and (3) advanced quantitative methods for the analysis of longitudinal data and data from randomized controlled trials. Public Health Relevance: The growing number of cancer survivors in the United States has raised the importance of disease prevention and health promotion in this population. The proposed research will inform the development of health behavior interventions that may enhance quality and quantity of life among cancer survivors.

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Academic/Teacher Award (ATA) (K07)
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Perkins, Susan N
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University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
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Coups, Elliot J; Stapleton, Jerod L; Manne, Sharon L et al. (2014) Psychosocial correlates of sun protection behaviors among U.S. Hispanic adults. J Behav Med 37:1082-90
Coups, Elliot J; Stapleton, Jerod L; Hudson, Shawna V et al. (2013) Skin cancer surveillance behaviors among US Hispanic adults. J Am Acad Dermatol 68:576-84
Coups, Elliot J; Stapleton, Jerod L; Hudson, Shawna V et al. (2013) Linguistic acculturation and skin cancer-related behaviors among Hispanics in the southern and western United States. JAMA Dermatol 149:679-86
Coups, Elliot J; Stapleton, Jerod L; Hudson, Shawna V et al. (2012) Skin cancer screening among Hispanic adults in the United States: results from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. Arch Dermatol 148:861-3
Deshpande, Anjali D; McQueen, Amy; Coups, Elliot J (2012) Different effects of multiple health status indicators on breast and colorectal cancer screening in a nationally representative US sample. Cancer Epidemiol 36:270-5
Coups, Elliot J; Stapleton, Jerod L; Hudson, Shawna V et al. (2012) Sun protection and exposure behaviors among Hispanic adults in the United States: differences according to acculturation and among Hispanic subgroups. BMC Public Health 12:985
Coups, E J; Phillips, L A (2011) A more systematic review of correlates of indoor tanning. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 25:610-6; author reply 617-8
Wong, Yu-Ning; Coups, Elliot J (2011) Correlates of colorectal cancer screening adherence among men who have been screened for prostate cancer. J Cancer Educ 26:301-7
Ostroff, Jamie S; Krebs, Paul; Coups, Elliot J et al. (2011) Health-related quality of life among early-stage, non-small cell, lung cancer survivors. Lung Cancer 71:103-8
Manne, Sharon L; Coups, Elliot J; Jacobsen, Paul B et al. (2011) Sun protection and sunbathing practices among at-risk family members of patients with melanoma. BMC Public Health 11:122

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