Kenneth Tercyak, PhD

Behavioral Scientist/Child Health Psychologist

Kenneth Tercyak, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. At the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Tercyak serves as Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program in the Division of Population Sciences. He is a member of the Fisher Center for Hereditary Cancer and Clinical Genomics Research, and a Senior Scholar at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.

Dr. Tercyak's research focuses on biobehavioral aspects of cancer risk, prevention, and intervention including public health genomics, tobacco prevention and control, and survivorship. His work in familial cancer examines health communication, decision making and decision support, and outcomes of genetic counseling and genomic testing. Dr. Tercyak's work in tobacco control focuses on primary prevention, behavior change, high-risk special populations, and cessation. His work in survivorship addresses modifiable cancer risks and outcomes among children treated for cancer.

Dr. Tercyak has been supported by the NIH throughout his career. He is currently the Principal Investigator of an observational study of adolescents' long-term adaptation to familial cancer risk, an evaluation of psychosocial and support resources for women at risk for or surviving with breast cancer, and mHealth studies of tobacco control in primary care settings. Dr. Tercyak completed a mid-career award focused on basic behavioral research in cancer control, and was the recipient of support from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels research program for improving the lives of children surviving with cancer.

With over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Tercyak is the editor of a handbook (Springer) on public health genomics and family medicine. He served as Associate Editor for Prevention Science at the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (Oxford) and an Associate Editor at Health Psychology (American Psychological Association). He is a Senior Associate Editor at Translational Behavioral Medicine (Springer) and a member of several editorial boards, including Journal of Clinical Oncology and Patient Education & Counseling.