Rutgers School of Public Health professor Dr. Pamela Valera has been selected as the recipient of the New Investigator Award from the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Each year, the Cancer Institute awards $50,000 to a promising new investigator in the field of cancer research.
[Photo: Dr. Pamela Valera]
Dr. Valera has a long-standing interest in the factors that result in health disparities among vulnerable populations. Her experiences in criminal justice and correctional health in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections cultivated a concern for cancer health disparities in incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations.
Dr. Valera will present her research at the Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey. “Dr. Valera’s continued efforts in the area of cancer survivorship are of great importance to the Cancer Prevention and Control Program,” says Mr. Paul Novembre, director of research administration at the Cancer Institute. “We look forward to hearing about her progress.”
“This is a great opportunity to expand my current work in cancer health to further develop a cancer health research equity program for populations affected by incarceration,” says Dr. Valera.
Dr. Valera is a faculty member in the departments of urban health administration and social and behavioral health sciences at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She is a certified tobacco treatment specialist and she continues to provide social support to formerly incarcerated men and women returning to Bronx, New York.