Keith M. Bellizzi, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UConn) with a joint appointment in the Center for Public Health and Health Policy. Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Bellizzi was a Health Scientist in the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and a graduate of NCI’s preeminent Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program. He is Editor of the Handbook of Cancer and Aging: Research and Practice as well as Associate Editor of the journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research. His research has been funded by Federal, private and non-profit entities and focuses on understanding cancer control and aging; mechanisms and outcomes of resilience; the role health behaviors play in attenuating late health effects of cancer treatment; resilience; and the impact of cancer on the family. Dr. Bellizzi’s research and service has received national and international press coverage, including ABC News, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Australian Financial Review, and Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo).
Dr. Bellizzi is a three-time cancer survivor, who uses his experience and research to impart knowledge and help those dealing with a cancer diagnosis. In 2005, Dr. Bellizzi rode his bike 3,300 miles across the United States with Lance Armstrong and 24 other cyclists as part of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Team. He regularly speaks nationally and internationally about his experience and research.