Allison M. Burton-Chase, Ph.D.



B.S. in Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Ph.D. in Gerontology and Aging Studies, The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 

Courses Taught at ACPHS

General Psychology

Academic/Research Interests

My primary area of research is on the behavioral aspects of cancer prevention and survivorship in families with hereditary cancer syndromes. Specifically, I am interested in developing interventions to improve health behaviors in this population, with a focus on improving patient-provider communication. Recent projects include comparing Lynch syndrome-associated colorectal cancer survivors with sporadic controls to examine similarities and differences in the cancer survivorship experience and examining screening behaviors and patient-provider communication regarding gynecologic cancer risk for women with Lynch syndrome.

Selected Publications

Burton, A. M., Sautter, J. M., Tulsky, J. A., Lindquist, J. H., Hays, J. C., Olsen, M. K., Zimmerman, S. I., & Steinhauser, K. E. (2012).  Burden and well-being among a diverse sample of cancer, CHF, and COPD caregivers. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44(3), 410-420.

Burton, A. M., Hovick, S. R., & Peterson, S. K. (2012).  Health behaviors in patients and families with hereditary colorectal cancer.  Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, 25 (2), pp 111-117.

Cherry, K.E., Brigman, S., Reese-Melancon, C., Burton-Chase, A. M., & Holland, K. (2013).  Memory aging knowledge and memory self-appraisal in younger and older adults.  Educational Gerontology, 39, 168-178.

Burton-Chase, A. M., Hovick, S. R., Peterson, S. K., Marani, S. K., Vernon, S. W., Amos, C. I., Frazier, M. L., Lynch, P. M., & Gritz, E. R. (2013).  Changes in screening behaviors and attitudes toward screening from pre-test genetic counseling to post-disclosure in Lynch syndrome families. Clinical Genetics, 83, 215-220.

Hovick, S. R., Yamasaki, J., Burton-Chase, A. M., Peterson, S. K. (in press). Patterns of family health history communication among African American older adults. Journal of Health Communication.

Burton-Chase, A. M., Hovick, S. R., Sun, C. C., Boyd-Rogers, S., Lynch, P. M., Lu, K. H., & Peterson, S. K. (in press). Gynecologic cancer screening and communication with health care providers in women with Lynch syndrome. Clinical Genetics.

Selected Presentations

Burton, A. M., Sun, C. C., Daniels, M. S., Boyd-Rogers, S., Lynch, P. M., Lu, K. H., & Peterson, S. K.  Factors associated with utilization of endometrial cancer screening among women at risk for Lynch syndrome.  Poster presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC), Montreal, Canada. 10/2011

Burton, A. M., Sun, C. C., Daniels, M. S., Boyd-Rogers, S., Lynch, P. M., Lu, K. H., & Peterson, S. K.  Screening and communication with physicians for women with Lynch syndrome: Findings from a qualitative study.  Poster presented at the 10th American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, Boston, MA. 10/2011

Burton-Chase, A. M., Hovick, S. R., Rieber, A. G., Basen-Engquist, K., Fisch, M. J., Horan, T. A., Botts, N., Peterson, S. K. Integrating technology and navigation to improve survivorship care in underserved populations. Poster presented at the 2013 MD Anderson Cancer Survivorship Research Retreat, Houston, TX. 02/2013

Burton-Chase, A. M., Peterson, S. K., Amos, C. I., Frazier, M. L., Lu, K. H., Lynch, P. M., Rodriguez-Bigas, M. A., You, Y. N., Yuan, Y., Gritz, E. R. Differences between hereditary and sporadic colorectal cancer survivor ratings on satisfaction with their health care providers. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Prevention Oncology (ASPO), Memphis, TN. 03/2013

Previous positions or appointments

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham VAMC, Durham, NC
  • Research Associate, Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Behavioral Science, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


Assistant Professor
Department of Basic and Social Sciences