Kate E. Dibble

Ph.D., Health and Well-being

Entered the Program: 2015

Hometown: Southington, CT

Previous Education:

  • Graduate certificate, Quantitative Research Methods, University of Connecticut, 2018
  • Graduate certificate, Exercise Prescription, University of Connecticut, 2017
  • M.A., Psychology (Specialization in Health Psychology), Central CT State University, 2015
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2013

Research Interests:

  • Cancer in adult and gerontology populations
  • Genetic cancer mutations and genetic counseling
  • Epidemiology of cancer and public health
  • Cancer continuum and its effect on family dynamic
  • Cancer prevention in geriatric populations (e.g. screening, genetic testing, etc.)
  • Health & well-being of disadvantaged populations

Advising Committee:

  • Major Advisor: Keith Bellizzi
  • Preston A. Britner
  • Laura Donorfio

Selected Publications:

  • Park, C.L., Bellizzi, K.M., Sinnott, S., & Dibble, K.E. (commissioned). Resilience trajectories of cancer survivors: A meaning-making perspective. In Altmaier, E. (Eds.). Navigating Life Transitions for Meaning. San Diego, CA: Elsevier, Academic Press.
  • Dibble, K.E., Maksut, J.L., Siembida, E.J., & Bellizzi, K.M. (in press). What about boys?: Gardasil uptake barriers among adolescent boys, parents, and their physicians. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.
  • Bellizzi, K.M., & Dibble, K.E. (2017). Age and Gender: Gender Dynamics of Patient and Caregiver Pairs by Age. In Kim, L., & Loscalzo, M. (Eds.), Gender Issues in Psycho-Oncology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Farrell, A., Dibble, K.E., Randall, K., & Britner, P.A. (2017). Population screening for housing instability and homelessness among child-welfare involved families: A brief report. Journal of Community Psychology, 60, 25-32.

Assistantship Experience:

  • Research coordinator, 2018-present – Dr. Bellizzi CTBHI grant on genetic counseling in women testing positive for BRCA1/2 mutations
  • Research coordinator, 2017-present – Dr. Bellizzi & Dr. Park NIH cancer survivorship and resilience trajectory grant
  • Teaching assistant, 2015-present – Dr. Keith Bellizzi Death, Dying & Bereavement undergraduate course in Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Teaching assistant, 2015-2018 – Dr. Keith Bellizzi Research Methods in Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Research assistant, 2015-2018 – Dr. Keith Bellizzi breast cancer study
  • Research assistant, 2015-2018 – Dr. Anne Farrell, Dr. Preston Britner, & Dr. Danielle Annett CARHD data analyst and ACF grant
  • Teaching assistant, 2016-2017 – Dr. Caitlin Lombardi Research Methods in Human Development & Family Sciences


  • Connecticut (CT) Breast Health Initiative (CTBHI) Research Grant (2018)
  • University of Connecticut Michael Ego Travel Fund Award (2018)
  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Affiliate Councils Grant (2017)
  • Dr. Howard A. Rosencranz Memorial Scholarship Fund Award (2017)
  • University of Connecticut Graduate School Summer Fellowship (2017)
  • University of Connecticut Michael Ego Travel Fund Award (2016)
  • University of Connecticut Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award (2016)


  • President for UCCFR organization, 2017-2018
  • Vice President for UCCFR organization, 2016-2017
  • Enjoys taking hikes with my two dogs (Ted & Tilly) and skiing in my free time!