Susan M. Gapstur, PhD, MPH

Senior Vice President, Behavioral and Epidemiology Research


Susan M. Gapstur leads a team of over 45 investigators and staff and serves as the principal investigator of the Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II) and the Cancer Prevention Studies Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program. Her primary duties include strategic oversight and planning for all epidemiology and behavioral research activities, as well as program development and communications. 


Gapstur’s research focuses on lifestyle, medical and hormonal determinants of cancer risk and prevention. Her research has contributed significantly to the scientific evidence on the role of alcohol consumption, excess body weight, and glucose homeostasis in cancer etiology. Her new areas of research include studies of factors related to sleep quality and amount, coffee consumption and cancer risk. 

An expert in the field of alcohol and cancer epidemiology, Gapstur contributed to the International Agency for Research Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, Volume 96 Alcohol Consumption and Ethyl Carbamate (2010). Gapstur also was invited to be the lead author of the chapter on Alcohol and Cancer Risk in Schottenfeld and Fraumeni: Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, 4th edition (2017), a premier reference text in cancer epidemiology. 


  • National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona, 1993-1994
  • PhD, Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1993
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1989


For a full list of Gapstur’s publications, visit her Google Scholar page.