Researcher Profile

Sharon L. Manne, PhD

Associate Director for Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Science; Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Professor of Medicine, Population Studies
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1914


Assistant: Sharon Warren
(732) 235-6888

Research Program Alignments

Membership Type: Full

Research Interests

  • Evaluating methods of improving quality of life for cancer patients and improving acceptance of screening practices among cancer patients and their families. We are also interested in understanding the impact of cancer and cancer risk on patients and their families. In particular, we are interested in social-environmental influences that affect how individuals and their family members cope with cancer and cancer risk. Our primary goal is to improve quality of life for patients and their families, and to improve cancer screening participation among family members at risk. We have eight ongoing studies of cancer patients, individuals at risk for cancer, and their family members focusing on the following patients and their families. Our studies focus on the following populations: women undergoing treatment for early stage breast cancer and their partners
  • Siblings at increased risk for colon or rectal cancer due to a sibling diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer prior to age 61
  • Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Mothers of children undergoing bone marrow transplantation (BMT)
  • First-degree relatives of individuals with melanoma
  • Patients with colorectal cancer being offered Microsatellite Instability testing
  • Men diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and their wives
  • And individuals diagnosed with head and neck or lung cancers and their partners.

Selected Publications

Meropol, N.J., Daly, M., Vig, H.S., Manion, F., Manne, S.L., Mazar, C., Murphy, C., Solarino, N. & Zubarev, V. (2011). Delivery of internet-based cancer genetic counseling services to patients’ homes: A feasibility study. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17, 36-40. Epub 2010 Nov. 19. PMCID: PMC3263376

Manne, S., Jacobsen, P., Ming, M., Winkel, G., Dessaurault, S., & Lessin, S. (2010). Tailored versus generic interventions for skin cancer risk reduction for family members of melanoma patients. Health Psychology,29(6), 583-593. PMCID: PMC3058834

Myers, R.E., Manne, S.L., Wilfond, B., Sifri, R., Ziring, B., Wolf, T.A., Cocroft, J., Ueland, A., Petrich, A., Swan, H., DiCarlo, M., & Weinberg, D.S.  (2011). A randomized trial of genetic and environmental risk assessment (GERA) for colorectal cancer risk in primary care.  Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32, 25-31.  PMCID: PMC3006063

Manne, S., Kissane, D., Zaider, T., Nelson, C., Winkel, G., & Mulhall, J. (2011). Intimacy-enhancing psychological intervention for men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their partners.  Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8(4), 1197-209. PMCID: 3070795

Hall, M., Manne, S., Winkel, G., Chung, D.S., Weinberg, D.S., & Meropol, N. J. (2011). Effects of a decision support intervention on decisional conflict associated with microsatellite instability testing. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 20(2), 249-54. PMCID: PMC3076798

Manne, S., Coups, E., Jacobsen, P.B., Ming, M., Heckman, C., & Lessin, S. (2011). Sun protection and sunbathing practices among family members of patients with melanoma. BMC Public Health, 11(1), 122. PMCID: PMC3050750

Rini, C., Jandorf, L. Goldsmith, R., Manne, S., Harpaz, N., & Itzkowitz, S. (2011). Interpersonal influences on patients' surgical decision making: The role of close others. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Feb 10. Epub ahead of print. PMCID: 3113663

Coups, E. J., Heckman, C. J., & Manne, S. L. (2011). Melanoma risk and preventive behaviors among men and women. Letter to the editor. The American Journal of Surgery. July 27. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 21798512

Manne, S. L., Badr, H., & Kashy, D. A. (2011). A longitudinal analysis of intimacy processes and psychological distress among couples coping with head and neck or lung cancers. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. May 10. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 21556790

Meropol, N., Daly, M., Vig, H., Manion, F., Manne, S., Mazar, C., Murphy, C., Solarino, N., Zubarev, V. (2011).  Delivery of internet-based cancer genetic counseling services to patients’ homes: a feasibility study.  Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17(1): 36-40.  PMCID: PMC3263376

Coups, E.J., Manne, S., Jacobsen, P.B., Ming, M.E., Heckman, C.J., & Lessin, S. (2011). Skin surveillance intentions among family members of patients with melanoma. BMC Public Health, 11: 866.  PMCID: PMC3248224

Manne, S., Etz, R., Boscarino, J., & Weinberg, D. (2012). A qualitative analysis of couples’ communication regarding colorectal cancer screening using the interdependence model. Patient Education and Counseling, 87(1): 18-22.  PMID: 21835574

Manne, S., Kashy, D., Weinberg, D., Boscarino, J., & Bowen, D. L. (2012). Using the Interdependence model to understand spousal influence on colorectal cancer screening intentions: A structural equation model.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43: 320-329.  PMID: 22274725

Fang, C., Longacre, M., Manne, S., Ridge, J., Lango, M., & Burtness, B. (in press). Information preferences of head and neck cancer patients. Health and Technology, 2(1): 57-62.

Heckman, C.J., Manne, S.L., Darlow, S., Cohen-Filipic, E., Kloss, P, Munshi, T., & Perlis, C. (2012). Psychosocial correlates of sunburn among young adult women.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9: 2241-2251.

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