Behavioral Measurement & Population Science

The Behavioral Measurement and Population Science Shared Resource supports the development and implementation of cancer-focused population science and patient-centered research through a dedicated research infrastructure.


Andrew Sussman, PhD, MCRP, Director

Dolores Guest, PhD, RD, Associate Director



To set up a meeting to discuss how we can provide support for your research efforts:

Email Joe Rodman

or call him at 505-272-6557.

BMPS Offers the Following Services

  • Provides methodologic input, especially pertaining to qualitative, mixed method and community-based observational and interventional trials.
  • Develops and designs study protocols, standard operating procedures, data collection instruments, and databases.
  • Provides community- and clinic-based recruitment, consenting, and data collection activities.
  • Project coordinators may manage staff, monitor fidelity, and implement quality control procedures.
  • Ensures study timelines and tracks study progress.
  • Provides analytic support for qualitative and mixed methods studies.
  • Develops data collection instruments, and conducts interviews and focus groups.
  • Leads qualitative data analysis using NVivo® or Dedoose software packages, a unique service in the UNMCCC
  • Facilitates study accrual data are captured on CCSG Data Table 4.
  • Develops and follows processes to ensure new studies initiated by CCPS members meet CCSG guidelines for accurate accrual reporting.
  • BMPS leadership serves on the Population Science CWG to further integrate research and data accrual reporting needs.
  • Develops and provides research tailored training events for research teams and more broadly to UNMCCC faculty, study staff, and students.
  • Hosts a monthly journal club to discuss behavioral and population science research of topical and catchment area relevance.
  • Provides mentored training opportunities for students and interns in collaboration with UNMCCC’s CRTECC and other UNM programs.


For continued support and operation of our facility, it is vital that all users acknowledge the use of the facility in their publications. Here is some suggested text that can be used in the Acknowledgments section of your publications:

To acknowledge use of this shared resource, please include the following in your publications:

This research was partially supported by UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant NCI P30CA118100 and the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences shared resource.

Thank you.

Faculty and Staff

Sussman ImageDirector, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences 

Andrew L. Sussman, PhD, MCRP, (505-272-4077) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received both his Ph.D. (Cultural Anthropology) and M.C.R.P. (Community and Regional Planning) at the University of New Mexico.  He completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Sussman has designed and led numerous qualitative and mixed method research studies.  His research focuses on primary health care service delivery and patient-provider counseling dynamics among health disparity populations in New Mexico. He has conducted much of this work through RIOS Net, a primary care practice-based research network located in the Department of Family and Community Medicine for which he now serves as the Director. Through RIOS Net, he has developed and received institutional and extramural funding to conduct research in a range of topical areas including cancer prevention, substance use disorders, complementary and alternative medicine and obesity/diabetes prevention.

Given this focus, he has extensive experience in participatory and community engaged approaches to research. Dr. Sussman has several complementary roles in the UNM Cancer Center including serving as Project Director of the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program and is also the NCORP Cancer Care Delivery Research Lead. He has over 50 publications in these research areas and also teaches qualitative research design in the Master of Science in Biomedical Science Program

Guest ImageAssociate Director, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences 

Dolores D. Guest, PhD, RD, (505-272-1487) is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventative Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM) and the Associate Director of the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC). She received her Ph.D. (Nutritional Sciences, 2009) and completed her dietetic internship (Registered Dietitian, R.D., 2009) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She completed two additional years in post-doctoral training in the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at UIUC as well as at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Dr. Guest has designed and led several qualitative research studies in a number of areas including Parkinson’s disease, pain management, and women’s health and body composition. She has conducted this research with a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse groups, including Alaska Natives and Native Americans. Her research has focused on lifestyle influences in combination with genetic variability on disease development, recovery and subsequent quality of life.

Given the diversity of her previous work, she brings a broad skill set to the Shared Resource, including grant and IRB application preparation, direct clinical and community engagement, study design and execution, and database development and management expertise. She is the project director for the Ventanilla de Salud program in partnership with the Mexican government at the Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque. She has been at the UNMCCC since 2014 where she has supported dozens of cancer-focused population-based research studies through project management, pre-award and study design assistance, regulatory support, and dissemination.

Rodman ImageScience Research Manager, Behavioral Measurement & Population Sciences

Joe Rodman (505-272-6557) is the Science Research Manager with BMPS. Joe provides day-to-day management of BMPS personnel, projects, communication, planning, and budget considerations. He also directly supports a number of research studies for BMPS by providing project management, personnel oversight, qualitative analysis (to include experience with NVivo), recruitment development, survey instrument development, direct clinical and community collaboration, and regulatory support.

Joe first came to UNM to work as a project manager for an NIH R01 grant with UNMCCC that focused on mitigating fatigue among prostate cancer survivors. Prior to his work at UNM and BMPS, Joe conducted social and behavioral science research for the US Army for three years. He also spent two years working in Afghanistan—one year conducting qualitative field research in support of the US Army and another year managing a number of community development and governance projects for USAID. Preceding this, Joe proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda in support of local health education and organizational development initiatives.

He brings to BMPS significant management and research experience working with and for diverse teams, organizations, communities, and cultures. He is excited to support BMPS’s core mission of developing and implementing cancer-focused population science and patient-centered research with New Mexico’s vibrant communities. Joe earned a Master’s degree from Indiana University’s Department of Geography, where he focused on migration and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.

Boyce ImageBiostatistician, Biostatistics Shared Resource

Tawny Boyce (505-272-9578) joined the Biostatistics Shared Resource early in 2015 and shares a portion of her time with Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences Shared Resource at UNMCCC.

In 2010, she earned a dual Master’s degree from Tufts University focusing on epidemiology, biostatistics and nutrition. She has prior experience as a quantitative epidemiologist/biostatistician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. She has experience with large population datasets used to illustrate health disparities in chronic conditions and health behaviors, including people with disabilities and older adults.

Ms. Boyce also has knowledge of data management and analysis of longitudinal observational clinical data for use in publications and presentations for a wide range of audiences. She has used clinical, behavioral, and quality of life data to assess health outcomes and promote disease prevention across the lifespan. Services through BMPS include 1) Case report form design and development 2) Database design and development (i.e. REDCap) 3) Data management plans and standard operating procedures.

Research Data Specialist / Research Scientist 2

Shoshana Adler Jaffe (505-272-6504) is a Research Data Specialist with the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences (BMPS) Shared Resource of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. She began working for the UNMCCC in 2018 as a research assistant while earning her MPH from the UNM College of Population Health.

Shoshana completed an epidemiology concentration within the MPH program and joined BMPS in 2019. She has experience with data analysis and with developing manuscripts and presentations concerning notable research findings. Shoshana has worked with STATA, Excel, SEER*Stat, and REDCap to collect, process, and analyze data. She also has experience in conducting semi-structured interviews and in study participant recruitment. While earning her bachelor's degree in biology at UNM, Shoshana conducted research in both plant physiology and human rights.

Research Projects Specialist / Research Scientist 2

Ellen Burgess (505-272-4595) is a Research Projects Specialist with the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences (BMPS) Shared Resource at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Ellen joined BMPS in May 2019 after earning her MPH (Community Health concentration) from UNM’s College of Population Health. Her graduate research assistantship involved qualitative study and analysis of a national sample of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) partnerships, co-facilitating workshops testing partnership tools developed by the research team, and creating a facilitation guide for future CBPR workshops.

Ellen was a Teaching Assistant for three graduate level Public Health courses: Program Planning, Determinants & Equity, and the CBPR Summer Institute. Early in her career, she worked in Albuquerque and Dallas for a large apparel company utilizing her BS in Industrial Engineering education.

Ellen, who was born and raised in New Mexico, brings program coordination and social services provision experience to BMPS from previous positions with a local cancer non-profit organization and a rural county social services office.

Health Sciences Research Tech 1

Karen Quezada (505-925-0619) is a Health Sciences Research Tech 2 with the Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences (BMPS) Shared Resource at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

She began working at the UNM Cancer Research Facility in 2017 as a research assistant for an NIH R01 grant with UNMCCC that focused on cancer genetic risk assessment uptake for breast and ovarian cancer survivors that are high risk for hereditary cancer. She has continued to support this important project after joining BMPS. She has experience working with REDCap for both data collection and analysis, as well as database design and development. She is also experienced in conducting computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI) and in study participant recruitment, enrollment and data collection.

Karen serves as a translator for research materials from English to Spanish for various BMPS studies. She graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary Anthropology and Spanish.