Study Team


IMG_Tuya Pal1_web Tuya Pal, M.D.
Tuya Pal is a board-certified clinical geneticist at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She is interested in the genetics of breast cancer in African American women. She is the Principal Investigator of the BEST Study, and Co-Directs the B-GREAT Initiative alongside Dr. Vadaparampil.


ObjectRender.aspxSusan Vadaparampil, Ph.D., M.P.H
Susan Vadaparampil is a behavioral scientist with an interest in uptake and outcomes related to genetic counseling and testing for hereditary breast cancer in minority communities. Her research program focuses on increasing awareness, knowledge, and risk appropriate utilization of genetics services among patients and health care providers. She is a co-investigator of the BEST study and Co-Directs the B-GREAT Initiative alongside Dr. Pal.


Deborah Cragun, Ph.D., M.S., C.G.C.
Deborah Cragun earned a doctoral degree in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. She received her master of science degree from the University of Cincinnati’s genetic counseling program and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005. She has worked as a clinical genetic counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for four years and at Moffitt Cancer Center since 2011. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular and genetic epidemiology within the division of Population Sciences at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of South Florida in the College of Public Health where she is the program director for the newly approved and sole genetic counseling training program within the state of Florida. She is a co-investigator of the BEST study and assists with the B-GREAT Initiative under the leadership of Dr. Pal.


JennyJennifer Garcia
Jennifer Garcia is a research assistant at Moffitt Cancer Center and currently an undergraduate at the University of South Florida, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her interests include the study of health disparities and community outreach programs. Under the leadership of Dr. Pal and Dr. Vadaparampil she is the research assistant for the BEST Study and B-GREAT Initiative.