Dr. Lisa Aspinwall, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, April 3, 2014

Please join us for the first lecture in the new CHIP Lecture Series on Genomics and Health Behavior!


“Genetic Testing and Proactive Management of Familial Melanoma Risk”

Lisa Aspinwall, PhD
University of Utah
Thursday, April 3, 2014
12:30 – 1:30pm

Locations: Storrs and UCHC

  • STORRS: The lecture will take place on the Storrs campus in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road. For directions and maps, see http://www.chip.uconn.edu/about/directions-to-chip/. Accessibility: elevator available in building lobby on ground floor. Lunch available to attendees with RSVP (see below).
  • UCHC: Live, interactive videoconference in Cell and Genomic Science Building, Executive Conference Room R1202. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.  


Web Stream

If you are unable to make it to either the Storrs or UCHC locations listed above, you can view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at https://mediasite.dl.uconn.edu/Mediasite/Play/4c9ab614166b4d88bdc5e100957947411d (the link will become active shortly before the lecture begins). Live webcast viewers may submit questions in real time; simple instructions are posted at http://www.chip.uconn.edu/lecture-series/qaforum-instructions/.


About the Speaker

Lisa G Aspinwall, Ph.D.Lisa G Aspinwall, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah and a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  A social psychologist, her research program examines self-regulatory processes and future-oriented thinking as people seek to anticipate, prevent, understand, and manage important negative outcomes, especially in the domain of health.  With the advent of predictive genetic testing, the technology exits to provide people with personalized information about their own future health problems, but little is known about how people think about and use such information to reduce future health risks.  As researchers untangle complex interplays of genetic vulnerability, personal behavior, and environmental exposure in the development of cancer, it will become increasingly important to study how people understand and manage the part of their cancer risk that can be controlled.  Aspinwall currently directs an ongoing NCI-funded study of Utah CDKN2A/p16 – mutation positive pedigrees to examine how physicians and genetic counselors might best communicate genetic risk information to high-risk patients with the goal of promoting both prevention and early detection of melanoma.


About the CHIP Lecture Series

The CHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at CHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The CHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit . If you have any questions about the CHIP Lecture Series, please contact lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.