Jennifer Cullen, PhD, MPH

Director, Epidemiologic Research Program, CPDR
Research Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, USUHS

As a cancer epidemiologist, Dr. Cullen conducts research on biomarker assays for cancer detection and progression, prognostication of cancer outcomes including metastasis and cancer-specific death, patient health disparities and quality of life along the continuum of cancer care.  She is currently the PI on a Department of Defense CDMRP Health Disparities grant award ( ).

In her role as CPDR’s Director of Epidemiologic Research, she oversees the multi-center national database -- a large repository of clinical data gathered from 28,500+ patients. This racially diverse patient cohort is comprised primarily of military health care beneficiaries with prostate cancer, with equal health care access.  Dr. Cullen is responsible for CPDR’s translational research study designs and statistical analysis strategies.  Her database team includes an IT Director, a Principal Biostatistician, a junior epidemiologist, a data analyst, and 8 field data managers.  She also mentors medical residents and students, as well as college students, as part of CPDR’s ongoing education and training efforts. 

Dr. Cullen completed her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California (UC), Berkeley in December 2000.  She earned a Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University in 1997 and a BA in Integrative Biology from the UC Berkeley in 1993. 

Her volunteer appointments include: Board Member & Secretary of the American Childhood Cancer Organization; Member, Pediatric Advanced Needs Assessment - Palliative Care Team for Children’s National Medical Center; and Honorary Committee of International Ambassadors co-Chair, for the Heroes Curing Childhood Cancer Gala, Children’s National Medical Center.  She is on the Editorial Board for Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, and has served as a peer reviewer for the scientific journals including:  Journal of the National Cancer Institute, American Journal of Public Health, and Medical Care.