Tarsha Jones

Tarsha Jones

Florida Atlantic University , USA

Title Of Presentation :
Mental Illness and BRCA1/2 Genetic Testing Intention Among Multiethnic Women Undergoing Screening Mammography

Biography

Dr. Tarsha Jones is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing. Her area of expertise is in community and public health nursing. Her research interests focuses on cancer prevention and risk-reduction of breast and ovarian cancers. She is interested in developing an intervention to provide decision-support and to increase uptake of BRCA and other high penetrance genetic testing among underserved populations, particularly young Black and Hispanic women with a hereditary cancer risk in order to promote early detection, risk-reduction, and to reduce cancer health disparities among these groups. Her doctoral dissertation examined the use of cancer genetics services and factors associated with uptake of genetic counseling and testing among young Black breast cancer survivors diagnosed at age 45 and younger. Findings revealed an underutilization of cancer genetic services among these women and most reported that they did not receive a recommendation to have genetic testing despite being diagnosed with early-age-onset breast cancer. This work was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and selected for an oral podium presentation at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) World Congress. Dr. Jones is also interested in integrating cancer risk assessment and genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes in nursing practice within community health settings.