Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Alicia McDonald, PhD, MPH

Alicia McDonald, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Epidemiology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Population
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen
  • Serum
  • Neoplasms
  • Circulating MicroRNA
  • Human Herpesvirus 8
  • Biomarkers
  • Registries
  • MicroRNAs
  • Mortality

Recent Publications


Wu, H, Wang, M, Raman, JD & McDonald, AC 2021, 'Association between urinary arsenic, blood cadmium, blood lead, and blood mercury levels and serum prostate-specific antigen in a population-based cohort of men in the United States', PloS one, vol. 16, no. 4 April, e0250744.


Bluethmann, SM, Wang, M, Wasserman, E, Chen, C, Zaorsky, NG, Hohl, RJ & McDonald, AC 2020, 'Prostate cancer in Pennsylvania: The role of older age at diagnosis, aggressiveness, and environmental risk factors on treatment and mortality using data from the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry', Cancer medicine, vol. 9, no. 10, pp. 3623-3633.
McDonald, AC, Wasserman, E, Lengerich, EJ, Raman, JD, Geyer, NR, Hohl, RJ & Wang, M 2020, 'Prostate cancer incidence and aggressiveness in appalachia versus non-appalachia populations in Pennsylvania by urban-rural regions, 2004–2014', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 1365-1373.
Wang, M, Wasserman, E, Geyer, N, Carroll, RM, Zhao, S, Zhang, L, Hohl, R, Lengerich, EJ & McDonald, AC 2020, 'Spatial patterns in prostate Cancer-specific mortality in Pennsylvania using Pennsylvania Cancer registry data, 2004-2014', BMC Cancer, vol. 20, no. 1, 394.
Ssentongo, P, Lewcun, JA, Candela, X, Ssentongo, AE, Kwon, EG, Ba, DM, Oh, JS, Amponsah-Manu, F, McDonald, AC, Chinchilli, VM, Soybel, DI & Dodge, DG 2020, 'Variations in Breast Cancer Survival Rates: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Data from the Entire Continent of Africa', SSRN Electronic Journal.


McDonald, AC, Vira, M, Walter, V, Shen, J, Raman, JD, Sanda, MG, Patil, D & Taioli, E 2019, 'Circulating microRNAs in plasma among men with low-grade and high-grade prostate cancer at prostate biopsy', Prostate, vol. 79, no. 9, pp. 961-968.
McDonald, AC, Raman, JD, Shen, J, Liao, J, Pandya, B & Vira, MA 2019, 'Circulating microRNAs in plasma before and after radical prostatectomy', Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, vol. 37, no. 11, pp. 814.e1-814.e7.
Ssentongo, P, Lewcun, JA, Candela, X, Ssentongo, AE, Kwon, EG, Ba, DM, Oh, JS, Amponsah-Manu, F, McDonald, AC, Chinchilli, VM, Soybel, DI & Dodge, DG 2019, 'Regional, racial, gender, and tumor biology disparities in breast cancer survival rates in Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis', PloS one, vol. 14, no. 11, e0225039.
Wang, M, Chi, G, Bodovski, Y, Holder, SL, Lengerich, EJ, Wasserman, E & McDonald, AC 2020, 'Temporal and spatial trends and determinants of aggressive prostate cancer among Black and White men with prostate cancer', Cancer Causes and Control, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 63-71.


McDonald, AC, Vira, M, Shen, J, Sanda, M, Raman, JD, Liao, J, Patil, D & Taioli, E 2018, 'Circulating microRNAs in plasma as potential biomarkers for the early detection of prostate cancer', Prostate, vol. 78, no. 6, pp. 411-418.


McDonald, AC, Bunker, CH, Raman, J, Richie, J & Patrick, AL 2017, 'Serum carotenoid and retinol levels in African-Caribbean Tobagonian men with high prostate cancer risk in comparison with African-American men', British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 117, no. 8, pp. 1128-1136.

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