Shine Chang, PhD, FTOS


shinechangA TOS fellow since 2000, Shine has served several committees: Education (2001-2003), Publications (2003-2005), and Public Affairs (2008-2011). She has been a member of Epidemiology Section since 2005, serving as co-Chair (2006-2007) and chair (2007-2008). In service to the Section, she created a leadership structure that has facilitated growth of the section, organized the first annual section poster session for trainees, coordinated conference calls to develop session proposals for the annual meeting, and advocated for leadership opportunities for early career members. Recently, she has completed 5-years as secretary for American Association for Cancer Education and will have time to serve if elected.


Shine Chang, PhD, received an undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University and her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After finishing her cancer prevention postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, she joined the faculty until 2001 when she was recruited to the National Cancer Institute. There, she served the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, as Associate Director. For this effort, she received in 2004 the NCI Mentor of Merit Award. She returned to MD Anderson in 2006 to lead the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP). As its director, Shine is a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and holds faculty appointments at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biological Sciences and School of Public Health, where she teaches courses in cancer prevention. At MD Anderson, she has been recognized for mentoring as a five-time nominee for the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award and won the 2009 Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention Award. In 2012, she was inducted in the UT Academy of Health Science Educators and awarded a UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.


In addition to her educational activities, Shine leads research focusing on biobehavioral aspects of body weight as a cancer risk factor. She coordinates research activities for an ancillary study of the Women’s Health Initiative focusing on the genetic, hormonal, and behavioral aspects of obesity. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Obesity, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Nutrition and Cancer, Academic Medicine, Journal of Cancer Education, and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. She leads NIH R01-funded research on factors that influence retention of junior scientists in research careers, particularly those that center around mentoring and scientific communication skill development. She also serves as PI for an NIH R01 subaward to evaluate the impact of career development programs targeting women faculty, specifically the programs of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Drexel University, on career trajectories of women in academic health science centers.  


(Please note: External Links are provided as a courtesy. The Obesity Society is not responsible for the content on sites accessed through external links.)

clinician directory


obesity links


OW On Demand