Compared to healthy individuals, cancer survivors report less adherence to recommended diet and physical activity guidelines. While some find this counterintuitive, we now understand how faulty beliefs and overwhelming emotions supersede knowledge about healthy lifestyles.

As my dissertation project, I plan to examine how evidence of cancer survivors’ cancer beliefs and worry of cancer recurrence could be harnessed to inform health interventions. Currently, we plan to use current knowledge to inform an mHealth intervention with the objective to increase physically active lifestyles among colorectal cancer survivors.