Kristi Graves, PhD

Behavioral Scientist

Dr. Graves is an Associate Professor of Oncology and member of the Cancer Control Program at Lombardi, where she has been a faculty member since 2005. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Graves recently began a project funded by the National Cancer Institute (K07 Career Development award) to investigate ways to inform people about genetic testing for small genetic changes related to cancer risk (SNPs). She has served as a project director for a randomized clinical trial comparing telephone delivery of BRCA1/2 genetic counseling to in-person genetic counseling. Dr. Graves is interested in predictors of psychosocial and behavioral outcomes following genetic counseling and testing. She is also involved in research investigating disparities in uptake of BRCA1/2 genetic counseling and testing, cultural influences on quality of life in cancer survivors, and expressive writing with cancer patients.