Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research

About the Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR)

The public information environment surrounding cancer is a complex array of opinions, facts and advice; oftentimes contradictory. Just what do people learn about cancer and the behaviors which influence it from their routine exposure to public information sources, from information that they seek out, or from communication campaigns meant to influence them? How does this information affect their health behavior? These are the questions facing scholars at CECCR. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, and under the direction of Robert Hornik, Ph.D., the Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy, Penn CECCR is focused on the relationship between public communication and cancer-related decisions. A major theme is the interaction of public communication and clinical services as they both affect cancer-related outcomes. The center takes an interdisciplinary approach to research and collaborates with several research organizations around Penn’s campus.

Penn Resources

The CECCR has been active in linking with a variety of other organizations both within the Penn Community as well as the broader health communication arena. The goal of these connections is to support shared agendas and develop potential collaborations for future research.

CECCR Partners

Annenberg National Health Communication Survey
National Cancer Institute

Additional Resources/Partners

Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center
Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program
Abramson Cancer Center
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Cancer Resources

For more information about other cancer research initiatives, please visit the following sites:
National Cancer Institute
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
American Cancer Society
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
American Society for Preventive Oncology (ASPO)
Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI)