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Alan C. Geller, MPH, RN

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
Phone: (617) 384-5449


ageller@hsph.harvard.edu

Alan C. Geller, MPH, RN

Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Senior Lecturer, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
  • Deputy Director, Public Health Practice, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

The central goal of my melanoma research program is to reduce mortality via targeted early detection and screening of high-risk individuals. We currently have funded projects to: evaluate national sun protection programs in schools, determine the behavioral antecedents of early vs. late diagnosis of melanoma, develop educational programs to teach the skin cancer examination to physicians and medical students, explore the risk factors for early mole development among schoolchildren in Framingham MA, and evaluate communication patterns between patients with melanoma and their offspring. We are also exploring new grant opportunities with colleagues from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and aiming to establish a greater understanding of the biologic vs. behavioral antecedents for thick melanoma. Recently, we have become involved in the planning and evaluation of a major skin cancer screening trial throughout Germany.

Publications

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  • Weinstock MA, Ferris LK, Saul MI, Geller AC, Risica PM, Siegel JA, Solano FX, Kirkwood JM. Downstream consequences of melanoma screening in a community practice setting: First results. Cancer 2016. PubMed
  • Mayer JE, Swetter SM, Miller DR, Sober AJ, Johnson TM, Geller AC. Association of nevus count with prevention attitudes and behaviors before melanoma diagnosis. Melanoma Res 2016. PubMed
  • Scope A, Marchetti MA, Marghoob AA, Dusza SW, Geller AC, Satagopan JM, Weinstock MA, Berwick M, Halpern AC. The study of nevi in children: Principles learned and implications for melanoma diagnosis. J Am Acad Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Najita JS, Swetter SM, Geller AC, Gershenwald JE, Zelen M, Lee SJ. Sex differences in age at primary melanoma diagnosis in a population-based analysis (US Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results, 2005-2011). J Invest Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Gordon M, Rodríguez VM, Shuk E, Schoenhammer M, Halpern AC, Geller AC, Hay JL. Teen Daughters and Their Mothers in Conversation: Identifying Opportunities for Enhancing Awareness of Risky Tanning Behaviors. J Adolesc Health 2016; 58:579-81. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Mayer JE, Sober AJ, Miller DR, Argenziano G, Johnson TM, Swetter SM. Total Nevi, Atypical Nevi, and Melanoma Thickness: An Analysis of 566 Patients at 2 US Centers. JAMA Dermatol 2016; 152:413-8. PubMed
  • Coups EJ, Geller AC, Pagoto SL. The US Food and Drug Administration's Proposed Rule to Increase Regulation of Indoor Tanning Devices. JAMA Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Rees VW, Brooks DR. The Proposal for Smoke-Free Public Housing: Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities for 2 Million Residents. JAMA 2016; 315:1105-6. PubMed
  • Blaine RE, Fisher JO, Blake CE, Orloski A, Younginer N, Bruton Y, Ganter C, Rimm EB, Geller AC, Davison KK. Conditioned to eat while watching television? Low-income caregivers' perspectives on the role of snacking and television viewing among pre-schoolers. Public Health Nutr 2016. PubMed
  • Shaikh WR, Dusza SW, Weinstock MA, Oliveria SA, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Melanoma Thickness and Survival Trends in the United States, 1989 to 2009. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2015. PubMed
  • Fu T, Swetter SM, Tao L, Geller AC, Clarke CA, Keegan TH. Characterizing subsequent primary melanomas (SPM) in adolescents and young adults: A population-based study from 1973 to 2011. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015; 74:181-182.e3. PubMed
  • Garg A, Biello K, Hoot JW, Reddy SB, Wilson L, George P, Robinson-Bostom L, Belazarian L, Domingues E, Powers J, Jacob R, Powers M, Besen J, Geller AC, . The Skin Cancer Objective Structured Clinical Examination (SCOSCE): A multi-institutional collaboration to develop and validate a clinical skills assessment for melanoma. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015. PubMed
  • Satagopan JM, Oliveria SA, Arora A, Marchetti MA, Orlow I, Dusza SW, Weinstock MA, Scope A, Geller AC, Marghoob AA, Halpern AC. Sunburn, sun exposure, and sun sensitivity in the Study of Nevi in Children. Ann Epidemiol 2015. PubMed
  • Moore MM, Geller AC, Warton EM, Schwalbe J, Asgari MM. Multiple primary melanomas among 16,570 patients with melanoma diagnosed at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, 1996 to 2011. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015; 73:630-6. PubMed
  • Jiang AJ, Eide MJ, Alexander GL, Altschuler A, Asgari MM, Geller AC, Fletcher SW, Halpern AC, Weinstock MA. Providers' Experiences with a Melanoma Web-Based Course: a Discussion on Barriers and Intentions. J Cancer Educ 2015. PubMed
  • Bulger AL, Mayer JE, Gershenwald JE, Guild SR, Gottlieb MA, Geller AC. Enforcement Provisions of Indoor Tanning Bans for Minors: An Analysis of the First 6 US States. Am J Public Health 2015; 105:e10-2. PubMed
  • Blaine RE, Fisher JO, Taveras EM, Geller AC, Rimm EB, Land T, Perkins M, Davison KK. Reasons Low-Income Parents Offer Snacks to Children: How Feeding Rationale Influences Snack Frequency and Adherence to Dietary Recommendations. Nutrients 2015; 7:5982-99. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Swetter SM, Weinstock MA. Focus on early detection to reduce melanoma deaths. J Invest Dermatol 2015; 135:947-9. PubMed
  • Gottlieb M, Balk SJ, Geller AC, Gershenwald JE. Teens and indoor tanning: time to act on the US Food and Drug Administration's black-box warning. Ann Surg Oncol 2015; 22:701-3. PubMed
  • Mayer JE, Swetter SM, Guild S, Geller AC. The impact of indoor tanning legislation: newspaper coverage of the risks of indoor tanning before and after the California indoor tanning ban for minors. J Cancer Educ 2015. PubMed
  • Sondak VK, Glass LF, Geller AC. Risk-stratified screening for detection of melanoma. JAMA 2015; 313:616-7. PubMed
  • Seidenberg AB, Mahalingam-Dhingra A, Weinstock MA, Sinclair C, Geller AC. Youth indoor tanning and skin cancer prevention: lessons from tobacco control. Am J Prev Med 2015; 48:188-94. PubMed
  • Daniel CL, Armstrong GT, Keske RR, Davine JA, McDonald AJ, Sprunck-Harrild KM, Coleman C, Haneuse SJ, Mertens AC, Emmons KM, Marghoob AA, Elkin EB, Dusza SW, Robison LL, Geller AC. Advancing Survivors' Knowledge (ASK) about skin cancer study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2015; 16:109. PubMed
  • Swetter SM, Geller AC. Perspective: catch melanoma early. Nature 2014; 515:S117. PubMed
  • Hay JL, Geller AC, Schoenhammer M, Gordon M, Bishop M, Shuk E, Oliveria S, Halpern AC. Tanning and beauty: Mother and teenage daughters in discussion. J Health Psychol 2014. PubMed
  • Mayer JE, Swetter SM, Fu T, Geller AC. Screening, early detection, education, and trends for melanoma: current status (2007-2013) and future directions: Part I. Epidemiology, high-risk groups, clinical strategies, and diagnostic technology. J Am Acad Dermatol 2014; 71:599.e1-599.e12; quiz 610, 599.e12. PubMed
  • Mayer JE, Swetter SM, Fu T, Geller AC. Screening, early detection, education, and trends for melanoma: current status (2007-2013) and future directions: Part II. Screening, education, and future directions. J Am Acad Dermatol 2014; 71:611.e1-611.e10; quiz 621-2. PubMed
  • Garg A, Wang J, Reddy SB, Powers J, Jacob R, Powers M, Biello K, Cayce R, Savory S, Belazarian L, Domingues E, Korzenko A, Wilson L, Grant-Kels JM, George P, Robinson-Bostom L, Trotter SC, Geller AC, . Curricular factors associated with medical students' practice of the skin cancer examination: an educational enhancement initiative by the integrated skin exam consortium. JAMA Dermatol 2014. PubMed
  • Banerjee SC, Hay JL, Geller AC, Gagne JJ, Frazier AL. Quitting the "Cancer Tube": a qualitative examination of the process of indoor tanning cessation. Transl Behav Med 2014; 4:209-19. PubMed
  • Blaine K, Rogers J, Winickoff JP, Oppenheimer SC, Timm A, Ozonoff A, Geller AC. Engaging in secondhand smoke reduction discussions with parents of hospitalized pediatric patients: a national survey of pediatric nurses in the United States. Prev Med 2014; 62:83-8. PubMed
  • Moreau JF, Weinstock MA, Geller AC, Winger DG, Ferris LK. Individual and ecological factors associated with early detection of nodular melanoma in the United States. Melanoma Res 2014; 24:165-71. PubMed
  • Gosis B, Sampson BP, Seidenberg AB, Balk SJ, Gottlieb M, Geller AC. Comprehensive evaluation of indoor tanning regulations: a 50-state analysis, 2012. J Invest Dermatol 2014; 134:620-7. PubMed
  • Pagoto S, Hillhouse J, Heckman CJ, Coups EJ, Stapleton J, Buller D, Turrisi R, Robinson J, Geller AC. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: ban indoor tanning for minors. Transl Behav Med 2014; 4:124-6. PubMed
  • Garg A, Wang J, Reddy SB, Powers J, Jacob R, Powers M, Biello K, Cayce R, Savory S, Belazarian L, Domingues E, Korzenko A, Wilson L, Grant-Kels JM, George P, Robinson-Bostom L, Trotter SC, Geller AC. The Integrated Skin Exam film: an educational intervention to promote early detection of melanoma by medical students. J Am Acad Dermatol 2013; 70:115-9. PubMed
  • Eisemann N, Waldmann A, Geller AC, Weinstock MA, Volkmer B, Greinert R, Breitbart EW, Katalinic A. Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence and impact of skin cancer screening on incidence. J Invest Dermatol 2013; 134:43-50. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Clapp RW, Sober AJ, Gonsalves L, Mueller L, Christiansen CL, Shaikh W, Miller DR. Melanoma epidemic: an analysis of six decades of data from the Connecticut Tumor Registry. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:4172-8. PubMed
  • Fisher DE, Geller AC. Disproportionate burden of melanoma mortality in young U.S. men: the possible role of biology and behavior. JAMA Dermatol 2013; 149:903-4. PubMed
  • Forsea AM, Del Marmol V, Geller AC. Priorities and challenges for skin cancer prevention in Europe: an expert survey. Melanoma Res 2013; 23:298-306. PubMed
  • Balk SJ, Fisher DE, Geller AC. Teens and indoor tanning: a cancer prevention opportunity for pediatricians. Pediatrics 2013; 131:772-85. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Halpern AC. The ever-evolving landscape for detection of early melanoma: challenges and promises. J Invest Dermatol 2013; 133:583-5. PubMed
  • Balk SJ, Fisher DE, Geller AC. Stronger laws are needed to protect teens from indoor tanning. Pediatrics 2013; 131:586-8. PubMed
  • Campbell SM, Louie-Gao Q, Hession ML, Bailey E, Geller AC, Cummins D. Skin cancer education among massage therapists: a survey at the 2010 meeting of the American Massage Therapy Association. J Cancer Educ 2013. PubMed
  • Chen ST, Geller AC, Tsao H. Update on the Epidemiology of Melanoma. Curr Dermatol Rep 2013; 2:24-34. PubMed
  • Shaikh WR, Weinstock MA, Halpern AC, Oliveria SA, Geller AC, Dusza SW. The characterization and potential impact of melanoma cases with unknown thickness in the United States' Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, 1989-2008. 2013. PubMed
  • Oliveria SA, Shuk E, Hay JL, Heneghan M, Goulart JM, Panageas K, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Melanoma survivors: health behaviors, surveillance, psychosocial factors, and family concerns. 2013; 22:106-16. PubMed
  • Forsea AM, Popescu I, Turcu G, Giurcaneanu C, Geller AC. Knowledge, behavior and attitudes related to skin cancer prevention among final year medical students. Eur J Dermatol 2012. PubMed
  • Katalinic A, Waldmann A, Weinstock MA, Geller AC, Eisemann N, Greinert R, Volkmer B, Breitbart E. Does skin cancer screening save lives?: an observational study comparing trends in melanoma mortality in regions with and without screening. Cancer 2012; 118:5395-402. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Balk SJ, Fisher DE. Stemming the tanning bed epidemic: time for action. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2012; 10:1311-4. PubMed
  • Waldmann A, Nolte S, Geller AC, Katalinic A, Weinstock MA, Volkmer B, Greinert R, Breitbart EW. Frequency of excisions and yields of malignant skin tumors in a population-based screening intervention of 360,288 whole-body examinations. Arch Dermatol 2012; 148:903-10. PubMed
  • Greaney ML, Puleo E, Geller AC, Hu SW, Werchniak AE, DeCristofaro S, Emmons KM. Patient follow-up after participating in a beach-based skin cancer screening program. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2012; 9:1836-45. PubMed
  • Lipworth AD, Park JM, Trefrey BL, Rubin KM, Geller AC, Sober AJ, Tsao H. Urgent access to a specialty care melanoma clinic is associated with a higher rate of melanoma detection. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011. PubMed
  • Emmons KM, Geller AC, Puleo E, Savadatti SS, Hu SW, Gorham S, Werchniak AE, . Skin cancer education and early detection at the beach: a randomized trial of dermatologist examination and biometric feedback. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011; 64:282-9. PubMed
  • Wadler BM, Judge CM, Prout M, Allen JD, Geller AC. Improving Breast Cancer Control via the Use of Community Health Workers in South Africa: A Critical Review. J Oncol 2010. PubMed
  • Obayan B, Geller AC, Resnick EA, Demierre MF. Enacting legislation to restrict youth access to tanning beds: a survey of advocates and sponsoring legislators. J Am Acad Dermatol 2010; 63:63-70. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Greinert R, Sinclair C, Weinstock MA, Aitken J, Boniol M, Capellaro M, Doré JF, Elwood M, Fletcher SW, Gallagher R, Gandini S, Halpern AC, Katalinic A, Lucas R, Marghoob AA, Nolte S, Schüz J, Tucker MA, Volkmer B, Breitbart E. A nationwide population-based skin cancer screening in Germany: proceedings of the first meeting of the International Task Force on Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention (September 24 and 25, 2009). 2010; 34:355-8. PubMed
  • Resnick EA, Bishop M, O'Connell A, Hugo B, Isern G, Timm A, Ozonoff A, Geller AC. The CHEER study to reduce BMI in Elementary School students: a school-based, parent-directed study in Framingham, Massachusetts. J Sch Nurs 2009; 25:361-72. PubMed
  • Geller AC. Educational and screening campaigns to reduce deaths from melanoma. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 2009; 23:515-27, ix. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Elwood M, Swetter SM, Brooks DR, Aitken J, Youl PH, Demierre MF, Baade PD. Factors related to the presentation of thin and thick nodular melanoma from a population-based cancer registry in Queensland Australia. Cancer 2009; 115:1318-27. PubMed
  • Feuerstein I, Geller AC. Skin cancer education in transplant recipients. Prog Transplant 2009; 18:232-41; quiz 242. PubMed
  • Geller AC,Brooks DR,Powers CA,Brooks KR,Rigotti NA,Bognar B,McIntosh S,Zapka J. Tobacco cessation and prevention practices reported by second and fourth year students at US medical schools. J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23:1071-6. PubMed
  • Balk SJ, Geller AC. Teenagers and artificial tanning. Pediatrics 2008; 121:1040-2. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Zwirn J, Rutsch L, Gorham SA, Viswanath V, Emmons KM. Multiple levels of influence in the adoption of sun protection policies in elementary schools in Massachusetts. Arch Dermatol 2008; 144:491-6. PubMed
  • Noe M, Schroy P, Demierre MF, Babayan R, Geller AC. Increased cancer risk for individuals with a family history of prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and melanoma and their associated screening recommendations and practices. Cancer Causes Control 2008; 19:1-12. PubMed
  • Powers CA, Thomson CC, Feuerstein I, Cross M, Powers EM, Prout M, Geller AC. Smoking Sleuths: a pilot tobacco prevention elective for medical school students. J Cancer Educ 2008; 23:122-5. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Swetter SM, Brooks K, Demierre MF, Yaroch AL. Screening, early detection, and trends for melanoma: current status (2000-2006) and future directions. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007; 57:555-72; quiz 573-6. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Oliveria SA, Bishop M, Buckminster M, Brooks KR, Halpern AC. Study of health outcomes in school children: key challenges and lessons learned from the Framingham Schools' Natural History of Nevi Study. J Sch Health 2007; 77:312-8. PubMed
  • Loo DS, Liu CL, Geller AC, Gilchrest BA. Academic dermatology manpower: issues of recruitment and retention. Arch Dermatol 2007; 143:341-7. PubMed
  • Oliveria SA, Hay JL, Geller AC, Heneghan MK, McCabe MS, Halpern AC. Melanoma survivorship: research opportunities. J Cancer Surviv 2008; 1:87-97. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Halpern AC. The benefits of skin cancer prevention counseling for parents and children. J Am Acad Dermatol 2006; 55:506-8. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Emmons KM, Brooks DR, Powers C, Zhang Z, Koh HK, Heeren T, Sober AJ, Li F, Gilchrest BA. A randomized trial to improve early detection and prevention practices among siblings of melanoma patients. Cancer 2006; 107:806-14. PubMed
  • Brooks K, Brooks D, Dajani Z, Swetter SM, Powers E, Pagoto S, Geller AC. Use of artificial tanning products among young adults. J Am Acad Dermatol 2006; 54:1060-6. PubMed
  • O'Riordan DL, Field AE, Geller AC, Brooks DR, Aweh G, Colditz GA, Frazier AL. Frequent tanning bed use, weight concerns, and other health risk behaviors in adolescent females (United States). Cancer Causes Control 2006; 17:679-86. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Miller DR, Swetter SM, Demierre MF, Gilchrest BA. A call for the development and implementation of a targeted national melanoma screening program. Arch Dermatol 2006; 142:504-7. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Brooks DR, Colditz GA, Koh HK, Frazier AL. Sun protection practices among offspring of women with personal or family history of skin cancer. Pediatrics 2006; 117:e688-94. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Lash TL, Siegel B, Annas GD, Prout MN. The primary care pediatrician's influence on medical student's performance of smoking assessments and counseling. Prev Med 2005; 41:47-52. PubMed
  • Geller AC, Zapka J, Brooks KR, Dube C, Powers CA, Rigotti N, O'Donnell J, Ockene J,. Tobacco control competencies for US medical students. Am J Public Health 2005; 95:950-5. PubMed
  • Eide MJ, Asgari MM, Fletcher SW, Geller AC, Halpern AC, Shaikh WR, Li L, Alexander GL, Altschuler A, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Quigley EA, Weinstock MA, . Effects on skills and practice from a web-based skin cancer course for primary care providers. J Am Board Fam Med 2013; 26:648-57. PubMed
  • Kells M, Rogers J, Oppenheimer SC, Blaine K, McCabe M, McGrath E, Woodring B, Geller AC. The teachable moment captured: a framework for nurse-led smoking cessation interventions for parents of hospitalized children. Public Health Nurs 2013; 30:468-73. PubMed
  • Brooks KR, Siegel B, Lash TL, Geller AC, Fitzgerald A, Tracy C, Prout MN. Validating medical students' self-report of smoking-related communication skills and educational experiences. Ambul Pediatr 2007; 7:187-91. PubMed
  • Lee ET, O'Riordan D, Swetter SM, Demierre MF, Brooks K, Geller AC. Sun care advertising in popular U.S. magazines. Am J Health Promot 2006; 20:349-52. PubMed
  • Geller J, Swetter SM, Leyson J, Miller DR, Brooks K, Geller AC. Crafting a melanoma educational campaign to reach middle-aged and older men. J Cutan Med Surg 2007; 10:259-68. PubMed
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