Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, PhD
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.
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—
- 2019 Skin cancer prevention behaviors among agricultural and construction workers in the United States, 2015.
- 2019 Public health efforts to address mental health conditions among cancer survivors.external icon
- 2019 Smoking cessation attitudes and practices among cancer survivors—United States, 2015.external icon
- 2019 Adverse childhood experiences and the presence of cancer risk factors in adulthood: a scoping review of the literature from 2005–2015.external icon
- 2019 Merkel cell carcinoma incidence, trends, and survival rates among adults aged ≥50 years from United States Cancer Statistics.external icon
- 2018 Circumstances of suicide among individuals with a history of cancer.external icon
- 2018 Geographic variation in pediatric cancer incidence—United States, 2003–2014.
- 2018 Geographic access to cancer care and mortality among adolescents.external icon
- 2018 Long-term survivorship care after cancer treatment—proceedings of a 2017 National Cancer Policy Forum workshop.external icon
- 2018 Skin cancer knowledge, awareness, beliefs and preventive behaviors among black and Hispanic men and women.external icon
- 2018 Lung cancer among women in the United States.external icon
- 2018 Systematic review of healthcare costs related to mental health conditions among cancer survivors.external icon
- 2018 Perspectives of screening-eligible women and male partners on benefits of and barriers to treatment for precancerous lesions and cervical cancer in Kenya.external icon
- 2017 Mental health problems and cancer risk factors among young adults.external icon
- 2017 Environmental and psychosocial barriers to and benefits of cervical cancer screening in Kenya.external icon
- 2017 Use of medications for treating anxiety and depression in cancer survivors in the United States.external icon
- 2017 Young women’s perceptions regarding communication with healthcare providers about breast cancer, risk, and prevention.external icon
- 2016 The association between adverse childhood experiences and risk for cancer in adulthood: A systematic review of the literature.external icon
- 2016 Opportunities during early life for cancer prevention: highlights from a series of virtual meetings with experts.external icon
- 2016 Use of medications for treating anxiety and depression in cancer survivors in the United States.external icon
- 2016 Provider and patient communication regarding hereditary breast cancer risk for young women.
- 2015 The essential role of public health in preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health of cancer survivors.external icon
- 2015 Post-treatment neurocognition and psychosocial care among breast cancer survivors.external icon
- 2014 Psychosocial barriers and facilitators to clinical trial enrollment and adherence for adolescents with cancer.external icon
- 2014 Treatment setting, clinical trial enrollment, and subsequent outcomes among adolescents with cancer: A literature review.external icon
- 2014 Understanding and addressing the lack of clinical trial enrollment among adolescents with cancer.external icon
- 2013 Opportunities for public health communication, intervention, and future research on breast cancer in younger women.external icon
- 2013 Changes among U.S. cancer survivors: Comparing demographic, diagnostic, and health care findings from the 1992 and 2010 National Health Interview Surveys.external icon
- 2013 Receipt of psychosocial care among cancer survivors in the United States.external icon
- 2013 Evaluation of primary/preferred language data collection.external icon
- 2012 Health status of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.external icon
- 2012 Atomic distribution of malignant melanoma on the non-Hispanic black patient, 1998–2007.external icon
- 2012 Surveillance of demographic characteristics and health behaviors among adult cancer survivors—Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2009.external icon
- 2011 Dissemination and translation: a frontier for cancer survivorship research.external icon
- 2011 Cancer rehabilitation and survivorship: Chapter 22: Personalizing information to meet survivors’ needs.
- 2009 Behaviors associated with ultraviolet radiation exposure in a cohort of adult survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.external icon