Jennifer Bowers, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Jennifer Bowers, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)
Entry Year

Doctoral Degree

Ph.D., Social and Health Psychology, Stony Brook University (2020)

Master's Degrees

  • M.P.H., Yale University (2021)
  • M.A., Stony Brook University (2017)

Research Interests

Cancer Prevention; Social Psychology; Interventions; Skin Cancer; Adolescents; Population Health

Primary Preceptor/Branch/Division

Rebecca Ferrer, Ph.D., Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB) / Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS)


Bowers, J. M., Seidenberg, A. B., & Kemp, J. M. (2023). Skin cancer diagnosis and risk factors among people with disabilities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Bowers JM, Hamilton JG, Wu YP, Moyer A, Hay JL. Acculturation, Sun Tanning Behavior, and Tanning Attitudes Among Asian College Students in the Northeastern USA. Int J Behav Med. 2022 Feb;29(1):25-35. doi: 10.1007/s12529-021-09993-x. Epub 2021 May 4. PMID: 33942255.

George LS, Matsoukas K, McFarland DC, Bowers JM, Doherty MJ, Kwon YS, Atkinson TM, Kozlov E, Saraiya B, Prigerson HG, Breitbart W. Interventions to Improve Prognostic Understanding in Advanced Stages of Life-Limiting Illness: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 Feb;63(2):e212-e223. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.09.002. Epub 2021 Sep 9. PMID: 34508816.

Bowers JM, Hamilton JG, Lobel M, Kanetsky PA, Hay JL. Sun Exposure, Tanning Behaviors, and Sunburn: Examining Activities Associated With Harmful Ultraviolet Radiation Exposures in College Students. J Prim Prev. 2021 Oct;42(5):425-440. doi: 10.1007/s10935-021-00638-z. Epub 2021 Jun 21. PMID: 34155576.

Bowers JM, Nosek S, Moyer A. Young adults' stigmatizing perceptions about individuals with skin cancer: the influence of potential cancer cause, cancer metaphors, and gender. Psychol Health. 2022 May;37(5):615-632. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2020.1869738. Epub 2021 Jan 6. PMID: 33405966.

Bowers JM, Geller AC, Schofield E, Li Y, Hay JL. Indoor Tanning Trends Among US Adults, 2007-2018. Am J Public Health. 2020 Jun;110(6):823-828. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305605. Epub 2020 Apr 16. PMID: 32298165.

Bowers JM, Moyer A. Adolescent sleep and technology-use rules: results from the California Health Interview Survey. Sleep Health. 2020 Feb;6(1):19-22. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2019.08.011. Epub 2019 Nov 13. PMID: 31732441.

Miller BC, Bowers JM, Payne JB, Moyer A. Barriers to mammography screening among racial and ethnic minority women. Soc Sci Med. 2019 Oct;239:112494. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112494. Epub 2019 Aug 20. PMID: 31513931.

Bowers JM, Moyer A. 'I am happier with my fairer complexion': factors associated with former indoor tanning and reasons for quitting in college women. Psychol Health Med. 2019 Mar;24(3):344-354. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2018.1537497. Epub 2018 Oct 24. PMID: 30354529.

Bowers JM, Moyer A. Effects of school start time on students' sleep duration, daytime sleepiness, and attendance: a meta-analysis. Sleep Health. 2017 Dec;3(6):423-431. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.08.004. Epub 2017 Sep 28. PMID: 29157635.

Farr OM, Sofopoulos M, Tsoukas MA, Dincer F, Thakkar B, Sahin-Efe A, Filippaios A, Bowers J, Srnka A, Gavrieli A, Ko BJ, Liakou C, Kanyuch N, Tseleni-Balafouta S, Mantzoros CS. GLP-1 receptors exist in the parietal cortex, hypothalamus and medulla of human brains and the GLP-1 analogue liraglutide alters brain activity related to highly desirable food cues in individuals with diabetes: a crossover, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Diabetologia. 2016 May;59(5):954-65. doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-3874-y. Epub 2016 Feb 1. PMID: 26831302.