Shawna Hudson, Ph.D.

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Professor and Research Division Chief, Family Medicine and Community Health, (848) 932-0215

Dr. Shawna Hudson is Professor and Research Division Chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is a full research member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program where she previously served as the Director of Community Research and Acting Director of Community Outreach. She has a secondary faculty appointment in the Rutgers School of Public Health in the Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science. She is the co-chair for the Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences emerging signature program in Community Health and Health Systems.

Dr. Hudson is a medical sociologist and specializes in primary care research. She is internationally known for her research that examines long-term follow-up care for cancer survivors and their transitions from specialist to primary care. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative research approaches to explore the intersections of community health, primary care and specialty care. It is chronic disease focused with an emphasis on vulnerable populations, particularly underserved groups including cancer survivors and racial/ethnic minorities in health care settings. Her research aims to increase the capacity of patients, community stakeholders and health care organizations to understand and use evidence based guidelines for chronic disease prevention and control.

Dr. Hudson’s research has been featured in a number of journals including Annals of Family Medicine, Medical Care, Lancet Oncology, JAMA General Internal Medicine, Journal of Cancer Survivorship and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. She has led and participated in various large research studies funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels and advisory committees. She is currently a standing member of the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section. She is a gubernatorial appointed member of the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. She has also participated as a scientific adviser for various studies and expert panels sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control.