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Marvella E Ford, PhD
Professor of Public Health Sciences
College of Medicine
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Email: fordmar@musc.edu
 
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Marvella E Ford, PhD

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Research Interest:

My research interests include evaluating the impact of patient navigation interventions on health care behavior, developing and testing methods to improve cancer surveillance adherence, developing and testing methods to improve cancer screening adherence, and improving informed decision making for prostate cancer screening. I am a behavioral scientist with a strong track record of prostate and breast cancer disparities research and an outstanding history of mentoring. I participated as a co-investigator of the multi-site National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial. I also led several ancillary PLCO Trial studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NCI testing strategies to enhance recruitment and retention of African American men in the PLCO Trial. In addition, I have conducted an NIH-funded R01 study to improve informed consent processes in diverse populations.

Positions:
Associate Director, Cancer Disparities, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina

Selected Publications:

1.Sterba KR, Zapka J, LaPelle N, Armeson K, Ford ME. A Formative Study of Colon Cancer Surveillance Care: Implications for Survivor-Centered Interventions. J Cancer Educ. ., 2014.
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2.Foster D, Spruill L, Walter KR, Nogueira LM, Fedarovich H, Turner RY, Ahmed M, Salley JD, Ford ME, Findlay VJ, Turner DP. AGE metabolites: a biomarker linked to cancer disparity? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .23(10):2186-91, 2014. PMCID: PMC4184970
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3.Gordon HS, Pugach O, Berbaum ML, Ford ME. Examining patients' trust in physicians and the VA healthcare system in a prospective cohort followed for six-months after an exacerbation of heart failure. Patient Educ Couns. .97(2):173-9, 2014.
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4.Sterba KR, Burris JL, Heiney SP, Ruppel MB, Ford ME, Zapka J. "We both just trusted and leaned on the Lord": a qualitative study of religiousness and spirituality among African American breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. Qual Life Res. .23(7):1909-20, 2014. PMCID: PMC4141026
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5.Wallace K, Sterba KR, Gore E, Lewin DN, Ford ME, Thomas MB, Alberg AJ. Prognostic factors in relation to racial disparity in advanced colorectal cancer survival. Clin Colorectal Cancer. .12(4):287-93, 2013. PMCID: PMC3863997
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6.Braun UK, Beyth RJ, Ford ME, Espadas D, McCullough LB. Decision-making styles of seriously ill male Veterans for end-of-life care: Autonomists, Altruists, Authorizers, Absolute Trusters, and Avoiders. Patient Educ Couns. .94(3):334-41, 2013.
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7.Acceptance of a community-based navigator program for cancer control among urban African Americans. Health Educ Res. .29(1):97-108, 2013. PMCID: PMC3894667
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8.Ford ME, Siminoff LA, Pickelsimer E, Mainous AG, Smith DW, Diaz VA, Soderstrom LH, Jefferson MS, Tilley BC. Unequal burden of disease, unequal participation in clinical trials: solutions from African American and Latino community members. Health Soc Work. .38(1):29-38, 2013. PMCID: PMC3943359
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9.Wallace K, Hill EG, Lewin DN, Williamson G, Oppenheimer S, Ford ME, Wargovich MJ, Berger FG, Bolick SW, Thomas MB, Alberg AJ. Racial disparities in advanced-stage colorectal cancer survival. Cancer Causes Control. .24(3):463-71, 2013. PMCID: PMC3574218
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10.Sterba KR, Zapka J, Gore EI, Ford ME, Ford DW, Thomas M, Wallace K. Exploring dimensions of coping in advanced colorectal cancer: implications for patient-centered care. J Psychosoc Oncol. .31(5):517-39, 2013.
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11.Cunningham JE, Walters CA, Hill EG, Ford ME, Barker-Elamin T, Bennett CL. Mind the gap: racial differences in breast cancer incidence and biologic phenotype, but not stage, among low-income women participating in a government-funded screening program. Breast Cancer Res Treat. .137(2):589-98, 2012. PMCID: PMC3660400
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12.Andrews JO, Cox MJ, Newman SD, Gillenwater G, Warner G, Winkler JA, White B, Wolf S, Leite R, Ford ME, Slaughter S. Training partnership dyads for community-based participatory research: strategies and lessons learned from the Community Engaged Scholars Program. Health Promot Pract. .14(4):524-33, 2012. PMCID: PMC4175920
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13.Esnaola NF, Ford ME. Racial differences and disparities in cancer care and outcomes: where's the rub? Surg Oncol Clin N Am. .21(3):417-37, viii, 2012. PMCID: PMC4180671
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14.Wingfield JH, Akintobi TH, Jacobs D, Ford ME. The SUCCEED Legacy Grant program: enhancing community capacity to implement evidence-based interventions in breast and cervical cancer. J Health Care Poor Underserved. .23(2 Suppl):62-76, 2012. PMCID: PMC4181575
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15.Tilley BC, Mainous AG, Elm JJ, Pickelsimer E, Soderstrom LH, Ford ME, Diaz VA, Siminoff LA, Burau K, Smith DW. A randomized recruitment intervention trial in Parkinson's disease to increase participant diversity: early stopping for lack of efficacy. Clin Trials. .9(2):188-97, 2012.
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16.Teng EJ, Petersen NJ, Hartman C, Matthiesen E, Kallen M, Cook KF, Ford ME. Effects of depression and social support on comprehension and recall of informed consent information among Parkinson disease patients and their caregivers. Int J Psychiatry Med. .43(1):67-83, 2012. PMCID: PMC4147836
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17.Ford M, Wahlquist A, Blake R, Green C, Streets J, Fuller E, Johnson E, Jefferson M, Etheredge J, Varner H, Johnson S, Glover S, Turner D, Garrett-Mayer E. Assessing an intervention to improve clinical trial perceptions among predominately African-American communities in South Carolina. Prog Community Health Partnersh. .6(3):249-63, 2012. PMCID: PMC4180673
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18.Curran JN, Garrett-Mayer E, Carpenter MJ, Ford ME, Silvestri GA, Lackland DT, Alberg AJ. Cigarette smoking and the risk of dying from tobacco-related malignancies by race. Anticancer Res. .31(11):3891-5, 2011.
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19.Carpenter MJ, Ford ME, Cartmell K, Alberg AJ. Misperceptions of nicotine replacement therapy within racially and ethnically diverse smokers. J Natl Med Assoc. .103(9-10):885-94, 2011. PMCID: PMC3372924
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20.Ford ME, Wahlquist AE, Ridgeway C, Streets J, Mitchum KA, Harper RR, Hamilton I, Etheredge JJ, Jefferson MS, Varner H, Campbell K, Garrett-Mayer E. Evaluating an intervention to increase cancer knowledge in racially diverse communities in South Carolina. Patient Educ Couns. .83(2):256-60, 2010. PMCID: PMC4146402
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21.Poon I, Lal LS, Ford ME, Braun UK. Racial/ethnic differences in blood pressure control and medication utilization in a cohort of older veterans with dementia. Am J Ther. .17(1):34-41, 2010.
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22.Braun UK, Ford ME, Beyth RJ, McCullough LB. The physician's professional role in end-of-life decision-making: voices of racially and ethnically diverse physicians. Patient Educ Couns. .80(1):3-9, 2009. PMCID: PMC2891864
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23.Esnaola NF, Gebregziabher M, Finney C, Ford ME. Underuse of surgical resection in black patients with nonmetastatic colorectal cancer: location, location, location. Ann Surg. .250(4):549-57, 2009.
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24.Nonemaker JM, Garrett-Mayer E, Carpenter MJ, Ford ME, Silvestri G, Lackland DT, Alberg AJ. The risk of dying from lung cancer by race: a prospective cohort study in a biracial cohort in Charleston, South Carolina. Ann Epidemiol. .19(5):304-10, 2009.
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25.Poon I, Lal LS, Ford ME, Braun UK. Racial/ethnic disparities in medication use among veterans with hypertension and dementia: a national cohort study. Ann Pharmacother. .43(2):185-93, 2009.
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26.Esnaola NF, Gebregziabher M, Knott K, Finney C, Silvestri GA, Reed CE, Ford ME. Underuse of surgical resection for localized, non-small cell lung cancer among whites and African Americans in South Carolina. Ann Thorac Surg. .86(1):220-6; discussion 227, 2008. PMCID: PMC4161276
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27.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Fields ME, Manigo B, McClary B, Lamerato L. Effects of baseline comorbidities on cancer screening trial adherence among older African American men. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .17(5):1234-9, 2008. PMCID: PMC3424636
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28.Esnaola NF, Knott K, Finney C, Gebregziabher M, Ford ME. Urban/rural residence moderates effect of race on receipt of surgery in patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer: a report from the South Carolina central cancer registry. Ann Surg Oncol. .15(7):1828-36, 2008. PMCID: PMC4147942
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29.Pinsky PF, Ford M, Gamito E, Higgins D, Jenkins V, Lamerato L, Tenorio S, Marcus PM, Gohagan JK. Enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. J Natl Med Assoc. .100(3):291-8, 2008.
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30.Braun UK, Beyth RJ, Ford ME, McCullough LB. Voices of African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic surrogates on the burdens of end-of-life decision making. J Gen Intern Med. .23(3):267-74, 2008. PMCID: PMC2359470
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31.Ford ME, Kallen M, Richardson P, Matthiesen E, Cox V, Teng EJ, Cook KF, Petersen NJ. Effect of social support on informed consent in older adults with Parkinson disease and their caregivers. J Med Ethics. .34(1):41-7, 2008.
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32.Ford ME, Alford SH, Britton D, McClary B, Gordon HS. Factors influencing perceptions of breast cancer genetic counseling among women in an urban health care system. J Genet Couns. .16(6):735-53, 2007.
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33.Baird AD, Ford M, Podell K. Ethnic differences in functional and neuropsychological test performance in older adults. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. .22(3):309-18, 2007.
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34.Braun UK, Beyth RJ, Ford ME, McCullough LB. Defining limits in care of terminally ill patients. BMJ. .334(7587):239-41, 2007. PMCID: PMC1790782
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35.Moreno-John G, Fleming C, Ford ME, Lichtenberg P, Mangione CM, Pérez-Stable EJ, Tilley B, Washington OG, Carrasquillo O. Mentoring in community-based participatory research: the RCMAR experience. Ethn Dis. .17(1 Suppl 1):S33-43, 2007.
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36.Ford ME, Havstad S, Vernon SW, Davis SD, Kroll D, Lamerato L, Swanson GM. Enhancing adherence among older African American men enrolled in a longitudinal cancer screening trial. Gerontologist. .46(4):545-50, 2006.
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37.Ford ME, Vernon SW, Havstad SL, Thomas SA, Davis SD. Factors influencing behavioral intention regarding prostate cancer screening among older African-American men. J Natl Med Assoc. .98(4):505-14, 2006. PMCID: PMC2569259
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38.Kelly PA, O'Malley KJ, Kallen MA, Ford ME. Integrating validity theory with use of measurement instruments in clinical settings. Health Serv Res. .40(5 Pt 2):1605-19, 2005. PMCID: PMC1361217
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39.Ramírez M, Ford ME, Stewart AL, Teresi JA. Measurement issues in health disparities research. Health Serv Res. .40(5 Pt 2):1640-57, 2005. PMCID: PMC1361222
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40.Morgan RO, Teal CR, Reddy SG, Ford ME, Ashton CM. Measurement in Veterans Affairs Health Services Research: veterans as a special population. Health Serv Res. .40(5 Pt 2):1573-83, 2005. PMCID: PMC1361220
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41.Ford ME, Kelly PA. Conceptualizing and categorizing race and ethnicity in health services research. Health Serv Res. .40(5 Pt 2):1658-75, 2005. PMCID: PMC1361221
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42.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Demers R, Cole Johnson C. Effects of false-positive prostate cancer screening results on subsequent prostate cancer screening behavior. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .14(1):190-4, 2005.
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43.Ford ME, Randolph V, Hopkins-Johnson L, Eason SL, Havstad S, Jankowski M, Swanson GM, Johnson CC, Vernon SW. Design of a case management approach to enhance cancer screening trial retention among older African American men. J Aging Health. .16(5 Suppl):39S-57S, 2004.
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44.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Davis SD. A randomized trial of recruitment methods for older African American men in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial. Clin Trials. .1(4):343-51, 2004.
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45.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Tilley BC. Recruiting older African American men to a cancer screening trial (the AAMEN Project). Gerontologist. .43(1):27-35, 2003.
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46.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Flickinger L, Johnson CC. Examining the effects of false positive lung cancer screening results on subsequent lung cancer screening adherence. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .12(1):28-33, 2003.
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47.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Brooks BL, Tilley BC. Perceptions of diabetes among patients in an urban health care system. Ethn Health. .7(4):243-54, 2002.
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48.Kart CS, Ford ME. Exploring the factorial structure of the EORTC QLQ-C30: Racial differences in measuring health-related quality of life in a sample of urban, older adults. J Aging Health. .14(3):399-421, 2002.
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49.Field TS, Cadoret CA, Brown ML, Ford M, Greene SM, Hill D, Hornbrook MC, Meenan RT, White MJ, Zapka JM. Surveying physicians: do components of the "Total Design Approach" to optimizing survey response rates apply to physicians? Med Care. .40(7):596-605, 2002.
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50.Ford ME, Hill DD, Blount A, Morrison J, Worsham M, Havstad SL, Johnson CC. Modifying a breast cancer risk factor survey for African American women. Oncol Nurs Forum. .29(5):827-34, 2002.
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51.Ford ME, Hill DD, Nerenz D, Hornbrook M, Zapka J, Meenan R, Greene S, Johnson CC. Categorizing race and ethnicity in the HMO Cancer Research Network. Ethn Dis. .12(1):135-40, 2002.
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52.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Kart CS. Assessing the reliability of the EORTC QLQ-C30 in a sample of older African American and Caucasian adults. Qual Life Res. .10(6):533-41, 2001.
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53.Stallings FL, Ford ME, Simpson NK, Fouad M, Jernigan JC, Trauth JM, Miller DS. Black participation in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial. Control Clin Trials. .21(6 Suppl):379S-389S, 2000.
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54.Ford ME, Cochran DL, Neal ET. African American Gerontology Network. Health Soc Work. .25(2):153-9, 2000.
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55.Ford ME, Tilley BC, McDonald PE. Social support among African-American adults with diabetes, Part 2: A review. J Natl Med Assoc. .90(7):425-32, 1998. PMCID: PMC2608356
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56.Ford ME, Tilley BC, McDonald PE. Social support among African-American adults with diabetes. Part 1: Theoretical framework. J Natl Med Assoc. .90(6):361-5, 1998. PMCID: PMC2568240
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57.Van Hook MP, Ford ME. The linkage model for delivering mental health services in rural communities: benefits and challenges. Health Soc Work. .23(1):53-60, 1998.
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58.Ford ME, Havstad SL, Tilley BC, Bolton MB. Health outcomes among African American and Caucasian adults following a randomized trial of an asthma education program. Ethn Health. .2(4):329-39, 1997.
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59.Ford ME, Edwards G, Rodriguez JL, Gibson RC, Tilley BC. An empowerment-centered, church-based asthma education program for African American adults. Health Soc Work. .21(1):70-5, 1996.
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60.Dray A, Straughan DW. Benzodiazepines: GABA and glycine receptors on single neurons in the rat medulla. J Pharm Pharmacol. .28(4):314-5, 1976.
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