Hermine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, BSN

Associate Professor



Hermine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, BSN is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Nursing. Dr. Poghosyan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jonkoping University in Sweden. She received her MPH from American University of Armenia and her PhD from University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Poghosyan completed a post-doctoral fellowship in interprofessional health-services research at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California Davis.

Dr. Poghosyan’s research focuses on cancer epidemiology and survivorship research, with a particular interest in cancer health disparities, lung cancer screening and tobacco use among cancer survivors and their social network members, including families, friends, and others. Her research produces evidence regarding how to maximiz the health and well-being of cancer survivors and their family members. She has developed and managed multiple cancer-related and behavioral research studies and applied advanced quantitative analytical techniques to conduct large population-based studies. Currently, Dr. Poghosyan is a Principal Investigator of an R01 (R01CA258269) project that aims to investigate social networks and affective states in the context of smoking behaviors among adults diagnosed with tobacco-related cancer. This is a 5-year project (2021-2026) funded by the National Cancer Institute [$3,187,185]. This project will help to understand how to better promote smoking cessation among patients with tobacco-related cancer and their social network members—families, friends, and others. Dr. Poghosyan is a member of the Cancer Prevention & Control Program at the Yale Cancer Center.

Dr. Poghosyan also wrote an article for the Coping with Cancer magazine that publishes articles written by and for the cancer community. 

Poghosyan H. and Cooley M. Why is quitting smoking is important? And other questions cancer survivors ask about tobacco use. Coping with Cancer Magazine (2019). https://copingmag.com/why-is-quitting-smoking-important/

Research Interests

Dr. Poghosyan’s research interests include cancer health disparities, lung cancer screening behavior, food insecurity, tobacco use, cannabis use, social determinants of health and health-related quality of life among cancer survivors.

Dr. Poghosyan’s work was featured in the following article

Racial Disparities Exist in Post-Surgical Quality of Life in Lung Cancer. Cancer Therapy Advisor 2015 http://www.cancertherapyadvisor.com/lung-cancer/lung-cancernsclc-racial-disparities-quality-life-after-surgery/article/431749/

Selected Books/Chapters

Cooley ME, Poghosyan H, Sarna L. (2015). Lung Cancer in Psycho-Oncology Third edition. Holland JC, Breitbart WS, Butow PN, Jacobsen PJ, Loscalzo MJ, & McCorkle R. New York: Oxford University Press, Chapter 16.

Selected Publications

Poghosyan, H. (2022). Discussion about lung cancer screening is related to smoking quit attempts. Oncology Nursing Forum [In Press]

Poghosyan H, Mello S, Robinson KN, Tan A. Worry about the future health issues of smoking and intention to screen for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography. Cancer Nursing. 2022; 45(1): E146-E152. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000897

Poghosyan H, Noonan EJ, Badri P, Braun I, & Young G. Association between daily and non-daily cannabis use and depression among United States adult cancer survivors. Nursing Outlook. 2021; 69(4): 672-685. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.01.012

Poghosyan H, Poghosyan A. Marijuana use among cancer survivors: Quantifying prevalence and identifying predictors. Addictive Behavior. 2021; 112: 106634. PMID: 32920457. [Epub ahead of print]

Poghosyan H, Fortin D, Moen EL, Quigley KS, Young GJ. Differences in uptake of low-dose CT scan for lung cancer among White and Black adult smokers in the United States-2017. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2021; 32 (1): 165-178.

Poghosyan, H, and Scarpino, SV. Food insecure cancer survivors continue to smoke after their diagnosis despite not having enough to eat: Implications for Policy and Clinical Interventions. Cancer Causes and Control. 2019; 30 (3); 241-248. doi: 10.1007/s10552-019-01137

 Poghosyan H, Moen EL, Kim D, Manjourides J, Cooley ME.  Social and structural determinants of smoking status and quit attempts among adults living in 12 US states, 2015. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2019; 33(4): 498-506 doi:10.1177/0890117118792827

Cooley ME, Poghosyan H, Sprunck-Harrild K, Winickoff JP, Edge SB, Emmons KM. Tobacco treatment implementation within 28 Commission on Cancer accredited programs in the Northeast region of the United States: A pilot study. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2018; 8(5):706-713. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibx024.

Lash R, Bell JF, Reed SR, Poghosyan H, Rodgers J, Kim K, Bold RJ, Joseph JG. A systematic review of emergency department use among cancer patients. Cancer Nursing. 2017; 40(2):135-144.

Bell JF, Whitney RL, Reed SC, Poghosyan H, Lash R, Kim KK, Davis A, Bold RJ, Joseph JG. (2017). Systematic Review of Hospital Readmissions among US Patients with Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2017; 44(2): 176-191. doi: 10.1011/17.ONF.176-191.

Selected Presentations

Poghosyan H. Smoking Behaviors among Cancer Survivors: Challenges and Opportunities for Tobacco Treatment. National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship 25th Anniversary Director’s Seminar Series. November 30, 2021.

Poghosyan H. Food insecurity among adult cancer survivors in the US. Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutrition Health Disparities: State of the Science. Virtual Workshop. National Institute of Health. September 21-23, 2021.

Poghosyan H., Noonan E, Badri P, Braun I, and Young, G. Daily Marijuana Use Associated with Depression Among U.S. Adult Cancer Survivors. Symptom Science Advances in Oncology Nursing. National Institute of Nursing Research. February 4-5, 2021 (Virtual).