Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, PhD

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Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, PhD is a behavioral scientist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. Dr. Buchanan Lunsford serves as the technical lead and/or principal investigator for several domestic and international CDC-funded projects focusing on cancer survivors, related mental health outcomes, breast and female gynecologic cancers, skin cancer, and cancers among children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Buchanan Lunsford also serves as a subject matter expert in cancer survivorship, lead of CDC/DCPC Mental Health Workgroup, and member at large of inter- and intra-agency workgroups working to improve mental and behavioral health outcomes for those living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Buchanan Lunsford provides technical assistance to CDC country offices and Ministries of Health in East Africa and Latin America on community sensitization and education regarding cervical cancer prevention and control. She also leads formative research conducted to inform domestic and international campaigns aimed at improving knowledge and awareness of cancers affecting women.

Psychosocial Distress Screening

In this video, Dr. Buchanan Lunsford talks about tools that health care providers can use to conduct distress screening with cancer survivors.

Dr. Buchanan Lunsford’s research interests include investigating the social, cultural, behavioral, and psychological factors that impact cancer prevention and control, health disparities, cancer survivorship, and patient outcomes.

Dr. Buchanan Lunsford completed her undergraduate education at Spelman College with bachelor of arts degrees in psychology and Spanish, and earned her master of arts and doctorate of philosophy degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Buchanan Lunsford also completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in health psychology at Emory University School of Medicine and at the Yale University Child Study Center/ Yale University School of Medicine, where she was also an Edward Zigler Child Development and Social Policy fellow. Dr. Buchanan Lunsford has been honored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Southeastern Psychological Association for her research and published work in oncology and health psychology.

Dr. Buchanan Lunsford offers expert commentary: Alleviate Cancer Survivor Distress: Screening and Psychosocial Care.external icon

Some of the most recent articles Dr. Buchanan Lunsford has authored or co-authored include—