Keith M. Bellizzi



Educational Background:

Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut
M.P.H., Epidemiology, George Washington University
M.A., Psychology, Central Connecticut State University
B.S., Business, Quinnipiac University

Selected Professional Accomplishments:

  • 2010 – present. Associate Editor, Translational and Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research
  • 2008-present. Chair, Research on Cancer and Aging Special Interest Group. Gerontological Society of America
  • 2014-present. Board of Directors, Connecticut Cancer Partnership
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) New Investigator Award (2009)
  • “40 under 40” Outstanding graduates of the University of Connecticut (2008)
  • Lorraine Wetherell Distinguished Alumni Award. University of Connecticut (2008)
  • CaPSURE (Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor) Research Scholar

Dr. Keith Bellizzi is CURRENTLY ACCEPTING new graduate students

Research Interests:

  • Gerontology: Aging and health
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Chronic illness across the lifespan
  • Mechanisms and outcomes of resilience in adults
  • Health behaviors and quality of life among adults with chronic illness
  • Family adjustment in the context of illness

Selected Publications:

  • Dibble K, Maksut J, Siembida E, Bellizzi KM. A literature review to HPV vaccination barriers among AYA males (in press). Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.
  • Siembida E, Kent E, Bellizzi KM, Wilder Smith A (2019). Healthcare providers’ discussions of physical activity with older survivors of cancer: Potential missed opportunities for health promotion. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, May 20., 18, Epub ahead of print)
  • Siembida E, Moss K, Kadan-Lottick N, Bellizzi KM. (2018). The doctor-patient relationship in adolescent oncology: An exploratory factor analysis of a fourteen item self-report measure. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63, 4, 509-512.
  • Siembida E, Kadan-Lottick N, Moss K, Bellizzi KM (2018) Adolescents cancer patients’ perceived quality of cancer care: The roles of patient engagement and supporting independence. Patient Education and Counseling, 101 (9): 1683-1689
  • Bellizzi KM (2017). We’re not ready for the ‘silver tsunami’ of older adults living with cancer. Op-Ed. The Conversation, July 4th, 2017.
  • Schmidt S, Blank T, Bellizzi KM, Park C. (2017). Posttraumatic Growth Reported by Emerging Adults: a Multigroup Analysis of the Roles of Attachment, Support, and Coping, Current Psychology,
  • DeRouen MC, Smith AW, Tao L, Bellizzi KM, Lynch CF, Parsons HM, Kent EE, Keegan THM (2015). Cancer-related information needs and cancer’s impact on control over life influence health-related quality of life among adolescents and young adults with cancer. Psycho-Oncology.
  • Rowland JH & Bellizzi KM (2014). Cancer survivorship issues: Life after treatment and implications for an aging population. Journal of Clinical Oncology.
  • Forsythe LP, Alfano CM, Kent EE, Weaver KE, Bellizzi KM, Arora NK, Aziz NM, Keel G, Rowland JH (2014). Social support, self-efficacy for decision making, and follow up care use in long-term cancer survivors. Psycho-oncology, 23, 788-796.
  • Smith AW, Parsons HM, Kent EE, Bellizzi KM, Zebrack BJ, Keel G, Lynch CF, Rubenstein MB, Keegan THM, and the AYA HOPE Study Collaborative Group (2013). Unmet support service needs and health-related quality of life among adolescents and young adults with cancer. Frontiers in Pediatric Oncology, 3, 1-11.
  • Bellizzi KM, Wilder Smith A, Schmidt S, Keegan T, Zebrack B, Lynch C, Deapen D, Shnorhavorian M, Tompkins B, Simon M. (2012). Positive and negative psychosocial impact of being diagnosed with cancer as an adolescent or young adult. Cancer, 118, 5155-5162.
  • Bellizzi KM, Breslau, E., Burness, A., & Waldron, W. (2011) Prevalence and correlates of cancer screening in older racially diverse adults: Still screening after all these years. Archives of Internal Medicine, 171, 1-7.
  • Bellizzi, KM, & Blank TO. (2011). Post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth in cancer survivors. In J.L. Lester & P. Schmitt (Eds.), Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personalized Care, Pittsburg, PA: Oncology Nursing Society
  • Beckjord E, Arora NK, Bellizzi KM & Rowland JH. (2011). Sexual function in survivors of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).Oncology Nursing Society, 38, E351-E359.
  • Weaver KE, Rowland JH, Bellizzi KM & Aziz NM. (2010) Forgoing medical care because of cost: Assessing disparities in health care access among cancer survivors living in the United States. Cancer, 116, 3493-3504.
  • Bellizzi KM, Smith AW, Reeve BB, Alfano C, Bernstein L, Meeske K, Baumgartner KB, Ballard-Barbash R. (2010). Posttraumatic growth and health-related quality of life in a racially diverse cohort of breast cancer survivors. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 615−626.
  • Bellizzi KM, Rowland JH, Aziz N, Hamilton A, & Arora N. Physical activity and quality of life in adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2009: 27 (6), 960-966.
  • Bellizzi KM, Mustian KM, Palesh OG, Diefenbach M. Cancer survivorship and aging: Moving the science forward. Cancer 2008: 113 (12), 3530-3539.
  • Bellizzi KM, Miller SM, Bowen DJ, Mustian KM, & Resnick B. Aging in the context of cancer prevention and control: Perspectives from behavioral medicine. Cancer 2008: 113 (12) 3479-3483.
  • Bellizzi KM, Latini DM, & Cowan, JE, Duchane J, Carroll PR and the CaPSURE Investigators. Fear of recurrence, symptom burden and quality of life in men with prostate cancer. Urology  2008: 72 (6), 1269-73.
  • Clauser S, Arora N, Bellizzi K, Haffer C, Topor M, Hayes R. Disparities in HRQOL of cancer survivors and non-cancer managed care enrollees. Health Care Financing Review 2008: 29 (4), 23-40.
  • Blank TO & Bellizzi KM. A gerontological perspective on cancer and aging. Cancer 2008:112 (11) 2569-2576.
  • Rowland JH & Bellizzi KM. Cancer Survivors and Survivorship Research: A Reflection on Today’s Successes and Tomorrow’s Challenges. Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America 2008: 22 (2), 181-200.
  • Aziz NM & Bellizzi KM. Older survivors and cancer care.Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2008: 100 (1), 4-5.
  • Bellizzi KM & Rowland JH. Comorbidity, cancer-related symptoms and the health of elderly cancer survivors. Aging Health2007:3 (5), 625-635.
  • Bellizzi KM, Rowland JH, & Jeffery DD. Current health behaviors of cancer survivors: Examining opportunities for cancer control intervention. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2005: 23 (34), 8884-8893.

    Selected Presentations:

    • Bellizzi KM, Kent E, Mitchell S, Mohile S, & Smith A. (2019). Predicting quality of life and mortality using “real world” patient reported geriatric assessment domains for older adults with cancer. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC
    • Siembida, E.J., Kent, E.E., Bellizzi, KM, & Smith, A.W. (2018). Physical activity discussions among older cancer survivors: Who are providers advising? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
    • Bellizzi KM. Symposium Chair and speaker. Population based patient reported outcomes among older adults with cancer. Invited symposium at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Orlando, FL
    • Dibble K, Maksut J, Siembida E, Bellizzi KM. What about boys? A review of barriers to Guardasil uptake as reported by boys, young men, and their parents. Invited to present brief paper at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Orlando, FL
    • Bellizzi KM. Resilience in survivors of colorectal cancer: Beyond a deficit approach. Invited paper presented at the 2012 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Meeting, Arlington, VA
    • Bellizzi KM & Breslau, E. Still screening after all these years: Prevalence and correlates of cancer screening in older racially diverse adults. Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
    • Bellizzi KM & Reeve B. A prospective study of the impact of cancer on health and function in older cancer survivors. Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA
    • Bellizzi KM, Aziz NM, Rowland JH, Weaver K, Hamilton AS, Oakley-Girvan I, & Keel G. Double jeopardy? Age, race and QOL in older adults with cancer. Paper presented at 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Seattle, WA
    • Aziz NM, Bellizzi KM, Oeffinger KC, Arora NK, Potosky A, Klabunde C, & Hamilton A. (2007) Prevalence of symptoms, medical conditions, physical functioning and communication with doctors among adult non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivors: Results from the ECHOS-NHL Study. Symposium conducted at the 9th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, London, England.
    • Bellizzi KM (October 2006) The application of developmental theories to cancer survivorship research. In D Jeffery (Chair). Cancer survivorship and theory: Multidisciplinary approaches to research. Symposium conducted at the 8th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Venice, Italy.
    • Bellizzi KM, Hayat M, Yancik R, & Edwards B. (November 2006) Illness behavior among older colorectal cancer patients: Implications for survival and quality of life (QOL). In K.F. Bowman and G.T. Deimling (Chair). Cancer and Aging Informal Interest Group: Cancer-related symptoms and co-morbidities among older cancer survivors.  Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Austin, TX.
    • Blank TO & Bellizzi KM. (November 2005). Feeling changed (or not) by prostate cancer: Coping, well-being, and self-reported change.  In N.S. Consedine & K.F. Bowman (Chair). Emotional & Cognitive Factors in Prostate Cancer: Screening, Treatment, and Survivorship Issues. Paper presented as part of a symposium at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.
    • Bellizzi KM & Blank TO. (November 2002). After prostate cancer: Health and function among prostate cancer survivors. In. B.A. Weber (Chair). Health and Older Men. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
    Keith Bellizzi
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    Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road, U-1058 Storrs, CT 06269-1058 USA