Keith M. Bellizzi, PhD, MPH

Professor, Human Development &

Family Sciences (Principal Investigator)

Research Overview

Keith M. Bellizzi, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut (UConn) with a joint appointment in the Center for Public Health and Health Policy. Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Bellizzi was a Health Scientist in the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and a graduate of NCI’s preeminent Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program. He is Editor of the Handbook of Cancer and Aging: Research and Practice as well as Associate Editor of the journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. His research focuses on understanding psychosocial aspects of being diagnosed with cancer; the role health behaviors play in attenuating late health effects of cancer; the impact of cancer on the family; and resilience and posttraumatic growth in the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis. He is Principal Investigator of the UConn Cancer and Family Project and Co-Investigator of a project aimed at understanding the influence of new medical technologies on return to work issues in men with prostate cancer. Dr. Bellizzi serves as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute on two SEER based health outcome studies of cancer survivors. Additionally, Dr. Bellizzi is a research consultant for the CT Challenge Center for Cancer Survivorship. Dr. Bellizzi’s research has been published in high impact peer-reviewed journals and his work and service has received national and international press coverage, including the ABC News, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Australian Financial Review, and Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo).


National Cancer Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow “Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program” 2003-2006
Uconn, HDFS, PhD 2003
George Washington University, Epidemiology MPH 2004
Quinnipiac University, BS 1993

Recent Publications


Featured Publications

1. Bellizzi KM, Aziz NM, Rowland JH, Weaver K, Arora NK, Hamilton AS, Oakley-Girvan I, Keel G. (2012). Double jeopardy? Age, race, and HRQOL in older adults with cancer. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology. 2012, 1-9.

2. Mols, F., Bellizzi, KM, Hjermstad, M.J., Oerlemans, S. (2012). Quality of life and symptom assessment in long-term blood cancer survivors. In A. Novik, S. Salek, and T. Ionova (Ed.), Guidelines Patient-Reported Outcomes in Hematology (pp 153-162). European Hematology Association, Genoa, Italy.

3. Bellizzi KM, Breslau, E., Burness, A., & Waldron, W. (2011) Prevalence and correlates of cancer screening in older racially diverse adults: Still screening after all these years. Archives of Internal Medicine, 171, 1-7. PMC Journal (In Process)

4. Weaver KE, Rowland JH, Bellizzi KM & Aziz NM. Forgoing medical care because of cost: Assessing disparities in health care access among cancer survivors living in the United States. Cancer, 2010: 116(14):3493-504.

5. Bellizzi KM, Smith AW, Reeve BB, Alfano C, Bernstein L, Meeske K, McTiernan A, Baumgartner KB, Ballard-Barbash R. Posttraumatic growth and health-related quality of life in a racially diverse cohort of breast cancer survivors. Journal of Health Psychology 2010: 15(4) 615?626

6. Bellizzi KM, Rowland JH, Aziz N, Hamilton A, & Arora N. Physical activity and quality of life in adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2009: 27 (6) 960-966

7. Bellizzi KM, Mustian KM, Palesh OG, Diefenbach M. Cancer survivorship and aging: Moving the science forward. Cancer 2008: 113 (12) 3530-3539

8. Bellizzi KM, Miller SM, Bowen DJ, Mustian KM, & Resnick B. Aging in the context of cancer prevention and control: Perspectives from behavioral medicine. Cancer 2008: 113 (12) 3479-3483

9. Bellizzi KM, Latini DM, & Cowan, JE, Duchane J, Carroll PR and the CaPSURE Investigators. Fear of recurrence, symptom burden and quality of life in men with prostate cancer. Urology 2008: 72 (6) 1269-73

10. Hammond CTC, Beckjord EB, Arora NK, Bellizzi KM, Jeffery D, Aziz NM. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivors’ fertility and sexual function related information needs. Fertility and Sterility 2008: 90 (4) 1256-1258

11. Smith AW, Reeve B, Bellizzi KM, Harlan LC, Klabunde CN, Amsellem M, Bierman AS, Hays RD. Cancer, comorbidities and health-related quality of life of older adults. Health Care Financing Review 2008: 29 (4) 41-56

12. Clauser S, Hays R, Bellizzi KM, Haffer C, Reeve B, Arora N. Health related quality of life differences among older cancer survivors in Medicare HMOs:

13. Ambs A, Clauser S, Bellizzi KM, Haffer C, Warren J. Overview of the SEER–Medicare Health Outcomes Survey Data. Health Care Financing Review 2008:29 (4) 5-21

14. Blank TO & Bellizzi KM. A gerontological perspective on cancer and aging. Cancer 2008:112 (11) 2569-2576

15. Rowland JH & Bellizzi KM. Cancer Survivors and Survivorship Research: A Reflection on Today’s Successes and Tomorrow’s Challenges. Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America 2008: 22 (2) 181-200

16. Aziz NM & Bellizzi KM. Older survivors and cancer care. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2008: 100 (1), 4-5

17. Miller MF, Bellizzi KM, Sufian M, Ambs A, Goldstein MS, Ballard-Barbash R. Dietary supplement use in an ethnically diverse population sample: a comparison of people living with cancer and those cancer-free. Journal of American Dietetic Association. 2008: 108, 483-494

18. Bellizzi KM & Rowland JH. Comorbidity, cancer-related symptoms and the health of elderly cancer survivors. Aging Health, 2007:3 (5), 625-635.

19. Bellizzi KM, Miller MF, Arora N, & Rowland JH. Positive and negative life changes in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2007:34(2), 188-199.

20. Bellizzi KM & Blank TO. Cancer related identity and positive affect in survivors of prostate cancer. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2007:1, 44-48.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies
348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058
Storrs, CT 06269-1058
Office LocationFamily Studies Building, Room 335