Rachel Spillers Cannady, BS
American Cancer Society
Rachel Cannady’s current research focuses on cancer survivors’ transition from active treatment to the recovery phase. Her research interests include cancer survivors’ and family caregivers’ dyadic adjustment, long-term/late effects, unmet needs, fear of cancer recurrence, relationship quality, lifestyle behaviors, caregiver guilt, and caregiver bereavement. She manages the Study of Cancer Survivors-I (SCS-I) and the National Quality of Life Survey for Caregivers, both national, longitudinal studies that assess the quality of life and needs of cancer survivors and their family caregivers throughout the disease trajectory. In addition to conducting data analyses, she is also involved in disseminating research findings by writing manuscripts and making presentations at scientific conferences. She currently has close to 30 publications in the area of survivorship and caregiving.
Ms. Cannady also serves as the research liaison to the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center, where she has worked to identify gaps in cancer survivorship information content and delivery methods, assisted in the development of a survivorship program evaluation guide, and designed and disseminated a cancer survivor resource inventory to gather information about post-treatment survivorship programs from Commission on Cancer accredited facilities across the nation. She also contributes to the development of clinical survivorship care guidelines for Primary Care Providers.
Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Ms. Cannady conducted original research looking at the relations among cognitive processes involved in attention control, working-memory capacity, and intelligence as a Research Assistant in the Cognitive Psychology Laboratory at Georgia State University. She received a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) degree in Psychology from Georgia State University.