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Carolyn J. Heckman, Ph.D., Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center's Population Science Division

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 9, 2006) - Carolyn J. Heckman, PhD, a behavioral researcher, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center's division of population science as an associate member. Heckman's research interests include skin cancer prevention as well as tobacco and other substance-use issues. Her current focus is a grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate the use of ultraviolet-filtered photographs showing underlying facial skin damage to encourage skin protection among young adults.

Heckman comes to Fox Chase from Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where she was assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry, psychology and internal medicine.

Heckman received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa, both with honors.

She received the Delabarre Award for Outstanding Research/Scholarship in Psychology at Brown University in 1994 and a full Presidential Fellowship from 1996 to 2001 to the University of Iowa. She was also a postdoctoral fellow in health psychology and substance abuse at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Heckman is board-certified by the Virginia Board of Psychology. She has written and been invited to speak on a wide range of topics, from tobacco use to excessive tanning as a form of substance dependence. She has been involved in several grant-funded projects, including three from the Tobacco Settlement.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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