Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Hereditary cancer
  • Cancer prevention behaviors
  • Health decision-making

Professional Highlights

Memberships and Leadership

  • Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors


  • Sharon H. Kohlenberg Healthcare Service Award, 2006

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A., University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Fellowships and Certifications

  • Genetic Counseling certification, American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • Familial Cancer Risk Counseling certification, Institute of Clinical Evaluation
  • NIH Cancer Prevention and Control Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, VCU, 2003-05

Selected Publications

Quillin JM. Lifestyle Risk Factors Among People Who Have Had Cancer Genetic Testing. J Genet Couns. 2015 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26659117.

Jones RM, Wallace IJ, Westerberg A, Hoy KN, Quillin JM, Danish SJ. Getting youth to Check it Out!®: a new approach to teaching self-screening. Am J Health Behav. 2015 Mar;39(2):197-204. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.2.6. PubMed PMID: 25564832.

Rodríguez VM, Corona R, Bodurtha JN, Quillin JM. Family Ties: The Role of Family Context in Family Health History Communication About Cancer. J Health Commun. 2016 Mar;21(3):346-55. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1080328. Epub 2016 Jan 6. PMID: 26735646

Rodriguez VM, Gyure ME, Corona R, Bodurtha JN, Bowen DJ, Quillin JM. What women think: Cancer causal attributions in a diverse sample of women. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2015;33(1):48-65. PMCID: PMC4315713

Gyure ME, Quillin JM, Rodriguez VM, Markowitz MS, Corona RA, Borzelleca JF, Bowen DJ, Krist AH, Bodurtha JN. Practical considerations for implementing research recruitment etiquette. Irb. 2014 Nov-Dec;36(6):7-12. PMCID: PMC4324645

Bodurtha JN, McClish D, Gyure M, Corona R, Krist AH, Rodriguez VM, Maibauer AM, Borzelleca J,Jr, Bowen DJ, Quillin JM. The KinFact intervention – a randomized controlled trial to increase family communication about cancer history. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Oct;23(10):806-816. PMCID: PMC4195404

Quillin JM, Krist AH, Gyure M, Corona R, Rodriguez V, Borzelleca J, Bodurtha JN. Patient-reported hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in a primary care practice. J Community Genet. 2014 Apr;5(2):179-83. PMCID: PMC3955454

Dever SM, Golding SE, Rosenberg E, Adams BR, Idowu MO, Quillin JM, Valerie N, Xu B, Povirk LF, Valerie K. Mutations in the BRCT binding site of BRCA1 result in hyper-recombination. Aging (Albany NY). 2011 May;3(5):515-32.  PMCID: PMC3156602

Quillin JM, Bodurtha JN, Siminoff LA, Smith TJ. Physicians’ current practices and opportunities for DNA banking of dying patients with cancer. J Oncol Pract. 2011 May;7(3):183-7.  PMCID: PMC3092660

Quillin JM, Tracy K, Ancker JS, Mustian KM, Ellington L, Viswanath V, Miller SM. Health care system approaches for cancer patient communication. J Health Commun. 2009;14 Suppl 1:85-94.   PMCID: PMC2805414

Ancker JS, Carpenter KM, Greene P, Hoffman R, Kukafka R, Marlow LA, Prigerson HG, Quillin JM. Peer-to-peer communication, cancer prevention, and the internet. J Health Commun. 2009;14 Suppl 138-46. PMCID: PMC3645318

Bodurtha J, Quillin JM, Tracy KA, Borzelleca J, McClish D, Wilson DB, Jones RM, Quillin J, Bowen D. Mammography screening after risk-tailored messages: the women improving screening through education and risk assessment (WISER) randomized, controlled trial. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2009 Jan-Feb;18(1):41-7.  PMCID: PMC2945922

Bodurtha JN, Quillin JM, Tracy KA, Borzelleca J, McClish D, Wilson DB, Jones RM, Quillin J, Bowen D. Recruiting diverse patients to a breast cancer risk communication trial–waiting rooms can improve access. J Natl Med Assoc. 2007 Aug;99(8):917-22.  PMCID: PMC2574304