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Jennifer Moss, PhD

Jennifer Moss, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
JLM837@psu.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Jennifer Moss is an expert in geographic disparities in cancer prevention behaviors, including vaccination, tobacco use and screening. More broadly, Dr. Moss conducts research on rural health, cancer prevention and control, adolescent health (particularly vaccination against human papillomavirus or HPV), and social epidemiology.

As part of a three-year K22 Transition Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Moss will seek additional training in innovative research methods and dissemination of clinical innovations. In addition, she will develop and test a package of materials to promote self-sampling for cervical and colorectal cancer screening among women in underserved communities in Pennsylvania. The findings from this research can improve cancer detection among people experiencing elevated rates of cervical and colorectal cancer.

  • Neoplasms
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Vaccination
  • Vaccines
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Mortality
  • Health
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Communication
  • Parents

Clinical Trials

Increasing cancer screening among female patients at PSH St. Joseph s residency clinic: Offering a self-sampling option in clinic
A mixed-methods implementation evaluation of a pilot study to increase self-sampling for cancer screening: Interviews with previous study participants

Recent Publications

2024

McDougall, JA, Hastert, TA, Teteh, DK, Rogers, CR, Moss, JL, Ochoa-Dominguez, CY, Chebli, P, Sutton, AL, Qin, B, Warner, ET & Xiong, S 2024, 'Addressing Social Risks to Accelerate Health Equity in Cancer Prevention and Control', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 337-340. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-23-1212
Aruma, JF, Hearn, M, Bernacchi, V & Moss, JL 2024, 'Examining the roles of travel distance, medical mistrust, and cancer fatalism in the uptake of clinical cancer prevention among women in rural and urban US communities: A secondary data analysis', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 38, 102611. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2024.102611
Wong, A, Morgis, R, Entenman, J, Ramirez, SI, Hays, AL, Wright, TS, Scartozzi, CM, Ruffin, MT & Moss, JL 2024, 'Exploratory Analysis of Concordance Between Clinician-Collected and Self-Sampled Human Papillomavirus Tests in a Small Cohort of Average- and High-Risk Patients', Women's Health Reports, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 259-266. https://doi.org/10.1089/whr.2024.0004
Moss, JL, Ledford, SG, Bernacchi, V & Shen, C 2024, 'Hospital- and county-level characteristics explain geographic variability in prices of cancer-related procedures: Implications for policy and interventions', Cancer medicine, vol. 13, no. 1, e6792. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.6792
Moss, JL, Geyer, NR & Lengerich, EJ 2024, 'Patterns of Cancer-Related Healthcare Access across Pennsylvania: Analysis of Novel Census Tract-Level Indicators of Persistent Poverty', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. OF1-OF8. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-23-1255
Moss, JL, Entenman, J, Stoltzfus, K, Liao, J, Onega, T, Reiter, PL, Klesges, LM, Garrow, G & Ruffin, MT 2024, 'Self-sampling tools to increase cancer screening among underserved patients: a pilot randomized controlled trial', JNCI Cancer Spectrum, vol. 8, no. 1, pkad103. https://doi.org/10.1093/jncics/pkad103

2023

Moss, JL, Stoltzfus, KC, Popalis, ML, Calo, WA & Kraschnewski, JL 2023, 'Assessing the use of constructs from the consolidated framework for implementation research in U.S. rural cancer screening promotion programs: a systematic search and scoping review', BMC health services research, vol. 23, no. 1, 48. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-08976-2
Ledford, SG, Moss, JL, Alles, S, Wang, M, Kessler, FC, Marks, B, Soliman, AS, Joshi, MD & Lengerich, EJ 2023, 'Behaviors and Advocacy Related to COVID-19 among Cancer Patients: The Health Belief Model and Opportunities for Messaging and Education', Journal of Cancer Education, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 1690-1696. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-023-02323-7
Gilkey, MB, Heisler-MacKinnon, J, Boynton, MH, Calo, WA, Moss, JL & Brewer, NT 2023, 'Impact of Brief Quality Improvement Coaching on Adolescent HPV Vaccination Coverage: A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Trial', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 32, no. 7, pp. 957-962. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0866
Calo, WA, Shah, PD, Fogel, BN, Ruffin IV, MT, Moss, JL, Hausman, BL, Segel, JE, Francis, E, Schaefer, E, Bufalini, CM, Johnston, N, Hogentogler, E & Kraschnewski, JL 2023, 'Increasing the adoption of evidence-based communication practices for HPV vaccination in primary care clinics: The HPV ECHO study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 131, 107266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2023.107266
Ledford, SG, Kessler, F, Moss, JL, Wang, M & Lengerich, EJ 2023, 'The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cancer Mortality in Pennsylvania: A Retrospective Study with Geospatial Analysis', Cancers, vol. 15, no. 19, 4788. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers15194788
Moss, JL, Hearn, M, Cuffee, YL, Wardecker, BM, Kitt-Lewis, E & Pinto, CN 2023, 'The role of social cohesion in explaining rural/urban differences in healthcare access and health status among older adults in the mid-Atlantic United States', Preventive Medicine, vol. 173, 107588. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2023.107588
Sood, R, Entenman, J, Kitt-Lewis, E, Lennon, RP, Pinto, CN & Moss, JL 2024, 'We are all in this together: Rurality, Social cohesion, and COVID-19 prevention behaviors', Journal of Rural Health, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 154-161. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12781

2022

Ssentongo, P, McCall-Hosenfeld, JS, Calo, WA, Moss, J, Lengerich, EJ, Chinchilli, VM & Ba, DM 2022, 'Association of human papillomavirus vaccination with cervical cancer screening: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Medicine (United States), vol. 101, no. 28, e29329. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000029329
Moss, JL, Pinto, CN, Srinivasan, S, Cronin, KA & Croyle, RT 2022, 'Enduring Cancer Disparities by Persistent Poverty, Rurality, and Race: 1990-1992 to 2014-2018', Journal of the National Cancer Institute, vol. 114, no. 6, pp. 829-836. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djac038
Popalis, ML, Ramirez, SI, Leach, KM, Granzow, ME, Stoltzfus, KC & Moss, JL 2022, 'Improving cervical cancer screening rates: a scoping review of resources and interventions', Cancer Causes and Control, vol. 33, no. 11, pp. 1325-1333. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10552-022-01618-2
Shen, C & Moss, JL 2022, 'Large variations in hospital pricing for standard procedures revealed', BMC Research Notes, vol. 15, no. 1, 129. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-022-06014-2
Moss, JL, Leach, K, Stoltzfus, KC, Granzow, M, Reiter, PL, Onega, T, Klesges, LM & Ruffin, MT 2022, 'Multilevel Associations with Cancer Screening Among Women in Rural, Segregated Communities Within the Northeastern USA: a Mixed-Methods Study', Journal of Cancer Education, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 1982-1992. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-021-02069-0
Wood, J, Stoltzfus, KC, Popalis, M & Moss, JL 2022, 'Perspectives on Self-Sampling for Cancer Screening From Staff at Federally Qualified Health Centers in Rural and Segregated Counties: A Preliminary Qualitative Study', Cancer Control, vol. 29. https://doi.org/10.1177/10732748221102819
Shen, C, Kwon, M, Moss, JL, Schaefer, E, Zhou, S, Dodge, D & Ruffin, MT 2022, 'Utilization of Mammography During the Last Year of Life Among Older Breast Cancer Survivors', Journal of Women's Health, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 941-948. https://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2021.0517

2021

Moss, JL, Roy, S, Clebak, KT, Radico, J, Sell, J, Scartozzi, C, Zhou, S, Chi, G & Oser, T 2021, 'Area- and Individual-Level Correlates of Self-Rated Health: Implications for Geographic Health Disparities', Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, vol. 12. https://doi.org/10.1177/21501327211039715
Shen, C, Klein, RW, Moss, JL, Dodge, DG, Chetlen, AL, Stahl, KA, Zhou, S, Leslie, DL, Ruffin, MT & Lengerich, EJ 2021, 'Association Between Dense Breast Legislation and Cancer Stage at Diagnosis', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 61, no. 6, pp. 890-899. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2021.05.020
Moss, JL, Johnson, NJ, Yu, M, Altekruse, SF & Cronin, KA 2021, 'Comparisons of individual- and area-level socioeconomic status as proxies for individual-level measures: evidence from the Mortality Disparities in American Communities study', Population Health Metrics, vol. 19, no. 1, 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12963-020-00244-x
Moss, JL, Wang, M, Liang, M, Kameni, A, Stoltzfus, KC & Onega, T 2021, 'County-level characteristics associated with incidence, late-stage incidence, and mortality from screenable cancers', Cancer Epidemiology, vol. 75, 102033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2021.102033
Moss, JL, Popalis, M, Ramirez, SI, Reedy-Cooper, A & Ruffin, MT 2022, 'Disparities in Cancer Screening: The Role of County-Level Metropolitan Status and Racial Residential Segregation', Journal of Community Health, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 168-178. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-021-01035-7
Hearn, M, Fowler, M, Worley, SC & Moss, JL 2023, 'Leveraging community engagement to increase the health literacy of youth in rural Pennsylvania: The ACHIEVE program', Journal of Rural Health, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 153-159. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12634
Oser, T, Roy, S, Parascando, J, Mullen, R, Radico, J, Reedy-Cooper, A & Moss, J 2021, 'Loneliness in Primary Care Patients: Relationships With Body Mass Index and Health Care Utilization', Journal of patient-centered research and reviews, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 239-247. https://doi.org/10.17294/2330-0698.1808
Spanos, KE, Kraschnewski, JL, Moss, JL, Wong, A & Calo, WA 2021, 'Parent support for social media standards combatting vaccine misinformation', Vaccine, vol. 39, no. 9, pp. 1364-1369. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.01.005
Stoltzfus, KC, Popalis, ML, Reiter, PL & Moss, JL 2022, 'Perspectives on self-sampling for cancer screening among rural and urban women: Multilevel factors related to acceptability', Journal of Rural Health, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 391-397. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12590
Leach, KM, Granzow, ME, Popalis, ML, Stoltzfus, KC & Moss, JL 2021, 'Promoting colorectal cancer screening: A scoping review of screening interventions and resources', Preventive Medicine, vol. 147, 106517. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106517

2020

Roy, S, Moss, JL, Rodriguez-Colon, SM, Shen, C, Cooper, JD, Lennon, RP, Lengerich, EJ, Adelman, A, Curry, W & Ruffin, MT 2020, 'Examining Older Adults’ Attitudes and Perceptions of Cancer Screening and Overscreening: A Qualitative Study', Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, vol. 11. https://doi.org/10.1177/2150132720959234
Moss, JL, Roy, S, Shen, C, Cooper, JD, Lennon, RP, Lengerich, EJ, Adelman, A, Curry, W & Ruffin, MT 2020, 'Geographic Variation in Overscreening for Colorectal, Cervical, and Breast Cancer among Older Adults', JAMA network open, vol. 3, no. 7, e2011645. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.11645
Moss, JL, Pinto, CN, Srinivasan, S, Cronin, KA & Croyle, RT 2020, 'Persistent poverty and cancer mortality rates: An analysis of county-level poverty designations', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 29, no. 10, pp. 1949-1954. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-0007
Moss, JL, Pinto, CN, Mama, SK, Rincon, M, Kent, EE, Yu, M & Cronin, KA 2021, 'Rural–urban differences in health-related quality of life: patterns for cancer survivors compared to other older adults', Quality of Life Research, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 1131-1143. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-020-02683-3
Geyer, NR, Moss, JL, Wang, M & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'Spatial relationship between ambulatory surgery centers and colorectal cancer mortality within Pennsylvania, United States', Public Health, vol. 189, pp. 126-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2020.09.018
Moss, JL, Tatalovich, Z, Zhu, L, Morgan, C & Cronin, KA 2021, 'Triple-negative breast cancer incidence in the United States: ecological correlations with area-level sociodemographics, healthcare, and health behaviors', Breast Cancer, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 82-91. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12282-020-01132-w