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Our Team


Research Coordinator

Scott D. Siegel, Ph.D., MHCDS, is the Director of Population Health Research within the Institute for Research on Equity and Community Health (iREACH) and a licensed psychologist in the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute (HFGCCRI) at ChristinaCare in Newark, DE. In his immediate prior role, Dr. Siegel served as the Director of Psychosocial Oncology & Cancer Survivorship at the HFGCCRI, where he provided counseling services to people affected by cancer and led a team of psychologists, social workers, nursing, and research staff.


Dr. Siegel is an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware and holds appointments as a Research Associate Professor within Psychiatry & Human Health at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and as an adjunct faculty/affiliate member of the Wistar Institute Cancer Center. Dr. Siegel is an author on over 60 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and published abstracts and has been an investigator on multiple federal grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. He completed his B.A. in psychology at Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of Miami, with a clinical internship at the Puget Sound VA Health Care System in Seattle, WA. In addition, in 2018 Dr. Siegel completed his Master of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) at Dartmouth, a joint program of the Tuck School of Business and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Principal Investigator

Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, Ph.D., is the Unidel A. Gilchrist Sparks III Chair in the Social Sciences and Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at UD as well as Senior Research Scientist at Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute. He completed his B.A. cum laude at Cornell University and received his master's and doctorate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. His interests focus on understanding the processes by which partners in marital and romantic relationships develop and maintain intimacy within the context of everyday life. His methodological interests include intensive longitudinal methods and applications of modern methods for the analysis of change in individuals and dyads. More recently, Prof. Laurenceau has been studying how couples cope with and maintain connection amidst health-related adversity, including breast cancer and diabetes.

Erin Wells, B.S., recently joined the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, as a Research Coordinator. Prior to joining Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, Erin worked as a Study Research Coordinator at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  She has held other positions in research working as Clinical Research Associate for Teva Neuroscience where she monitored a Multiple Sclerosis clinical trial. From there, she held a position as a Clinical Trial Manager for Genta Inc. In this position, she managed an International Phase 3 Malignant Melanoma trial.


Erin received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. She is an active member of her community by being Associate Director of the Brandywine Valley Sports and Recreation Girl’s Lacrosse program. She served as Co-President, Vice President and Secretary of the New Garden Elementary PTO, and she volunteered her time at the Kennett Mushroom Cap Half Marathon. Erin is married and has 3 daughters.  

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