Brenda Cartmel, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Carcinoma; Tanning; Nutritional Sciences

Public Health Interests

Breast cancer; Cancer Epidemiology; Cancer Survival; Nutrition; Ovarian Cancer; Stress; Sun Exposure

Research Organizations

Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer Prevention and Control

School of Public Health

Research Summary

Dr. Cartmel's primary research interests are in the area of cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. Dr. Cartmel is collaborating on a large case control study of basal cell carcinoma in young people. The goal of this study is to explore the etiology and genetics of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of nonmelanoma skin cancer, with a particular focus on UV exposure from tanning beds. Her recently funded grant will investigate the genetics of tanning addiction. In addition to this study, Dr. Cartmel is involved in two exercise intervention studies in cancer survivor (Melinda Irwin Ph.D., PI). She is also participating in a nationwide longitudinal quality of life study in cancer survivors in which she is studying communication of health information to long-term cancer survivors. Other interests include the use of a novel noninvasive assessment method of skin carotenoids.

Extensive Research Description


Understanding indoor and outdoor ultraviolet radiation exposure in skin cancer survivors

Epidemiology and Genetics of Tanning Addiction

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Brenda Cartmel, PhD
Office Location
55 Church Street, Ste Suite 801
New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034