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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

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


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
Shen, C & Moss, JL 2022, 'Large variations in hospital pricing for standard procedures revealed', BMC Research Notes, vol. 15, no. 1, 129.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.