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Advisory Committee Chair

Dori Pekmezi

Advisory Committee Members

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried

Kevin Fontaine

Robin Lanzi

Suzanne Perumean-Chaney

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Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Public Health


Diet, physical activity, and body weight status are important modifiable risk factors for many health outcomes among cancer survivors, including cancer recurrence. Face-to-face, print, and mailed lifestyle interventions have been used to promote behavior change in cancer survivors successfully. However, such approaches are costly and have limited reach. Web-based lifestyle interventions represent a promising solution to this public health concern. Therefore, this project involved first reviewing and identifying gaps in the existing literature in this area and then developing and pilot testing a web-based lifestyle intervention for cancer survivors. For this three-part dissertation, study 1 was a narrative review of web-based physical activity, weight loss, and diet interventions for cancer survivors that summarized the literature and identified gaps. Study 2 described the development and pilot test of the subsequent web-based lifestyle intervention for cancer survivors, SurvivorSHINE. Lastly, an analysis of website use patterns (frequency of logins, time on website, and clicks) among participants in SurvivorSHINE were assessed in study 3.

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