Christie A. Befort, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, KU Cancer Center
Co-Leader, Cancer Control and Population Health Program, KU Cancer Center
Education and Training
University of Texas at Austin: Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science/Kinesiology
Arizona State University: Master of Science, Counseling Psychology
Colorado State University: Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology
University of Kansas Medical Center: Fellowship
Behavioral Weight Control Intervention and Cancer Survivorship
My research focuses on developing and implementing behavioral weight control interventions to improve cancer prevention, survivorship, and quality of life. Most of my research is targeted for residents in rural communities and for cancer survivors.
- R01 CA155014: Group Phone-Based Weight Control among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors
- PCORI OTO-1402-09413 Midwestern Collaborative for Treating Obesity in Rural Primary Care
My teaching interests include behavioral medicine, counseling skills, quality improvement, survey research, and behavioral clinical trial research. I aim for students to have a solid comprehension of scientific principles and methods, and the ability to apply that knowledge to evaluate published research as well as programs or practices in their field. I believe that learning is greatest when students experience high expectations and genuine enthusiasm from their instructor and a participatory and supportive learning environment.