Markos W. Samos, MA, LPC

Foxwoods/Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I was responsible for bringing together the Native American Tribes of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine to focus on cancer prevention, survivorship and wellness. I was the Principal Investigator for the Lance Armstrong Foundation funded project: Families Together: The Connecticut Native Americans Intergenerational Cancer Education Program for survivors, their families and the tribal communities of CT .Through this study, we developed the intervention and conducted the pilot work that will be further evaluated in the proposed study. As a co-investigator on two funded projects in CT, National Cancer Institute (Weiner, PI: Is CIS Reaching CT Native Americans? Understanding Cancer Information Seeking) and Prevent Cancer Foundation (Wampler, PI), I have established a record of community based research and program implementation success I have developed strong collegial relationships with the research team as well as relationships with Native cancer survivor facilitators and community members.

My ongoing community relationships and community organization skills are instrumental in all recruitment and retention efforts Overall, my research experiences, collaborating with diverse tribes in CT, RI, MA and ME will positively contribute to the implementation and evaluation of interventions. Finally, I have gained other research and organizing expertise through the development of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Program established in 2003; the only grant funded American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Program in New England to serve the American Indian population and CT and RI. Additionally, I am a member of the national workgroup to re-write the American Cancer Societies Native American Cancer Program “Circle of Life” and have played an active role in the development, filed testing, and evaluation of this culturally relevant cancer prevention, awareness, and survivorship program for Native Americans in New England.

I represent the voice of Native Americans on the CT Cancer Partnership Board of Directors since 2005. I also represent the Native American population of New England as a Director on the American Cancer Society, New England Division, Board of Directors. I continue to actively advocate for culturally sensitive cancer prevention, survivor and care giver programs for the Native Americans of the Northeast.


Rhode Island College, Providence, RI BS Elementary Education
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT MA Counseling/Educational Psychology

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Contact Information
Mailing AddressFoxwoods/Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06335