Elizabeth A. Rohan, PhD, MSW

Elizabeth A. Rohan, PhD, MSW

Dr. Elizabeth Rohan is a health scientist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 1989 with a degree of sociology and earned her Master of Social Work in Boston College’s accelerated program a year later. She then began a career in clinical oncology social work, counseling cancer patients and their families, first at the Massachusetts General Hospital (1990 to 1995) and later (1995 to 2002) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both designated Centers for Excellence in Oncology by the National Cancer Institute. She found her work with cancer patients extraordinarily rewarding and developed a research interest in the multidisciplinary oncology health care team. Dr. Rohan completed a joint PhD in sociology and social work at Boston University in 2005.

Since August 2009, Dr. Rohan has been translating her clinical oncology social work knowledge into public health practice at CDC. As a health scientist in DCPC’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch, Dr. Rohan has a research portfolio that encompasses distress screening among cancer survivors, stigma related to lung cancer, and other psychosocial concerns of cancer survivors and their caregivers. Her health services research focuses on patient navigation and community health worker interventions. She co-leads the Community Health Worker Workgroup at CDC and serves on the Policy Task Group of the National Navigation Roundtable. Dr. Rohan is also a member of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable, where she serves on the Stigma and Nihilism Task Group. Her recent studies have examined disparities in distress screening for lung and ovarian cancer survivors and provided an approach for increasing the health and wellness of cancer survivors in rural communities through tele-mentoring of rural providers and providing patient navigation and community health worker services to post-treatment survivors. Dr. Rohan has served as adjunct faculty at Boston College, Boston University, the University of Louisville, and Oglethorpe University.

The most recent articles Dr. Rohan has first-authored include—

Dr. Rohan offers her perspective in the blog post, Patient Navigation: Helping Those Facing Cancer Find the Way.

Dr. Rohan’s work in the COVID-19 response about the mental health of parents and caregivers was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe.