St. Jude LIFE Study

Pediatric cancer treatments save lives, but can increase health risks for survivors during adulthood. St. Jude LIFE is an unprecedented research study that brings long-term childhood cancer survivors back to St. Jude for regular health screenings throughout their adult lives.

To date, more than 4,300 participants and 580 controls have undergone comprehensive health evaluations through St. Jude LIFE. We track a wide range of health outcomes, using measures of cardiac, reproductive, neuromuscular, neurocognitive, and psychosocial function, among others. 

The unique findings from St. Jude LIFE are helping our survivors learn more about their individual health needs, and providing our researchers with novel insights into the late effects of cancer therapy.

To date, the study has made significant advances in:

  • Identifying new and unexpected late health effects 
  • Describing how cancer therapies impact organ function 
  • Developing innovative methods to monitor health risks
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Describing the burden of chronic health conditions

By better identifying and tracking long-term health outcomes, our goal is to help survivors of childhood cancer take control of their health and enjoy longer, healthier adulthoods. 

Our insights are also helping St. Jude researchers develop improved cancer treatments to minimize the late effects of therapy.


St. Jude LIFE Staff

Faculty


Staff Physician



Nurse Practitioners

Shekinah Andrews, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Leeann Carmichael, MSN, FNP-BC

Eric Caron, MSN, RN, APN, FNP-BC

Debbie Crom, PhD

Karen Hale, RN, MSN, PPCNP-BC

Debbie Redd, MSN BC-FNP

Daniel Smith, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Teresa Sweeney, MSN, PNP

Lisa A. Walters, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC


Research Coordinators

Michelle Fite-Weatherford, RN, BSN

Sarah Terrell, MS, RD/LDN, CCRP

Stephanie Guthrie, RN, BSN, CCRP


Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

Pia Banerjee, PhD

Cindy Jones, MS

Jeremy Lawson, MA, EdS

Adrienne Studaway, MS, EdS


Human Performance Lab

Robyn E. Partin, MS, CEP, CCRP

Matthew D. Wogksch, MS, CEP

Sean T. O'Neil, MA, RCEP

Michelle Tollakson, PT, DPT, OCS

Amy Sketch, MS, CEP


Data and Analysis

Chris Vukadinovich, MS

Arijit Basu

Christie Cooper

Ricardo Duran

Lu Lu, PhD

Kyla Shelton

Nina Tinner, MA, CCRP

Nicole Wilson

Won Jong Moon, PhD

Geehong Hyun, PhD

Zhenghong Li, MS


CRA

Jennifer Cotham, BA
Clinical Research Associate I
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Ruth Johnson
Clinical Research Associate-RN I

Matthew Krull, BS
Clinical Research Associate I
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Tabitha Cobble, BSN, RN, CCRP
Clinical Research Associate RN III
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Kelsey Lewis, MPH
Project Coordinator
Global Pediatric Medicine Department

Shavon Dale
Clinical Research Associate II

Charla Folsom, MS, CCRP
Clinical Research Associate I
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Jennifer Fournier
Clinical Research Associate II

Sara Gewin, MPH
Clinical Research Assistant
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Matthew “Matt” Marker, MD
Clinical Research Associate II
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Kristen Molina, RN, MSc, CCRP
Clinical Research Associate III
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Rhonda Okoth, MPH, BSN, RN
Clinical Research Associate II

Danzo Pan Izaguirre, MD, PhD
Clinical Research Associate I
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Kathleen Richter
Clinical Research Associate II

Joshua Roop, MPH
Clinical Research Associate II
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Danixa Semorile
Clinical Research Assistant

Patricia "Patti" Simpson, MS, CCRP
Clinical Research Associate II
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Benjamin Starkey, M.Ed., MBA, CCRP
Clinical Research Associate II
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Daxsha Verma
Clinical Research Associate III

Rachel Young, BSN, RN
Clinical Research Associate RN I

Theresa "Terry" Zazzara, BSN, RN
Clinical Research Associate RN II
Epidemiology and Cancer Control Department

Katherine "Kat" Zelinka, BSN, RN
Clinical Research Associate RN I