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Susan Morgan, Ph.D.
Dr. Morgan is primarily interested in developing a comprehensive approach to improving recruitment practice in order to increase accrual rates to cancer research studies and cancer clinical trials. She is currently conducting formative qualitative research (focus groups, interviews) with professional recruiters who work largely with minority populations to identify communication best practices as well as to assess the impact of systems-based features on recruitment success. Although she is in the coding and analysis stage of focus groups conducted in Indianapolis, she would like to conduct focus groups of recruiters who work with underprivileged and underserved populations here in Miami before publishing these results. She believes that there may be short-term interventions that could improve cancer research study recruitment, particularly the presentation/communication about research studies on Sylvester's website. Other projects that she has planned with collaborators at the University of Iowa include studies of family discussions about clinical trial options (and subsequent decision-making processes) offered to older cancer patients, as well as physicians' own processes of sense-making around clinical trials.