Erin O'Carroll Bantum, PhD

Erin O'Carroll Bantum, PhD

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Full Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Prevention in the Pacific), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

Academic Appointment(s):
Associate Researcher (Associate Professor), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

PhD, Clinical Psychology - Emphasis in Health Psychology, Loma Linda University
MA, Psychology, Loma Linda University

Research Focus

As a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Bantum's research focuses on cancer survivorship. She is interested in understanding factors related to better adjustment to diagnosis and treatment, as well as longer-term survivorship. Much of her work has been conducted by implementing online interventions with the goal of positively impacting both physical and mental health. Some of Dr. Bantum's work looks to impact primary health behaviors, such as exercise, with other intervention studies focusing on impacting psychosocial behaviors, such as emotion and mindfulness.

In addition to working on interventional research, Dr. Bantum is interested in better understanding what specific aspects of interventions are related to beneficial outcomes. Within this larger goal, she is currently working on a study funded by the National Cancer Institute to examine the role of social interaction on both engagement in the designed intervention as well as outcomes of interest. As much of her work is conducted in an online environment, ways in which data is captured and stored allows for these comparisons, which will hopefully lend themselves to more potent interventions for cancer survivors.

Dr. Bantum is also interested in projects that have direct relevance here in Hawaiʻi. One current project that is a collaboration with colleagues here at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, which is a series of Hula studies for breast, cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer survivors. This is a biobehavioral study that explores the impact of culturally relevant exercise on psychological and physical indicators of health. One additional current project Dr. Bantum is leading is related to disparities in clinical trial recruitment. She is working with a number of colleagues at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center to better understand how best to promote an equal representation of people from Hawaiʻi in clinical trials.

Selected Publications

Bantum EO, Elhadad N, Owen JE, Zhang S, Golant M, Buzaglo J, Stephen J, Giese-Davis J. (2017). Machine learning for identifying emotional expression in text: Improving the accuracy of established methods. J Technol Behav Sci, Apr 4; DOI: 10.1007/s4137-017-0015-5.

Owen JE, Bantum EO, Pagano I, Stanton A. (2017). Randomized trial of a social networking intervention for cancer-related distress. Ann Behav Med, Feb 27; DOI: 10.1007/s12160-017-9890-4.

Bantum EO, Cheng I, Cassel K, Yamato R, Berenberg J, Ka'opua L. (2015). Cancer clinical trials in Hawai'i: Who's being represented. J Clin Trials, 5:2.

Owen JE, Bantum EO, Gorlick A, Stanton AL (2014). Engagement with a social-networking intervention for cancer-related distress. Ann Behav Med, September 11: 1-11. PMID: 2520953.

Bantum EO, Albright CA, White K, Berenberg JL, Layi G, Ritter P, Laurent D, Plant K, Lorig K. (2014). Surviving and thriving with cancer using a web-based health behavior change intervention: Randomized controlled trial. J MIR, 16(2);e54.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

E. Bantum, Co-Investigator, J. Berenberg, P. Morris, MPIs
National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)
"Community Oncology Research Program"
August 2014 – July 2019