Dr. Brad Zebrack is Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work, and a member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Socio-Behavioral Program. Dr. Zebrack’s teaching and research interests are in the area of health, medicine, and quality of life. He is particularly interested in the effects of cancer on the psychosocial growth and development of adolescents and young adults, and his research has been funded over the past ten years by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Lance Armstrong Foundation, and HopeLab Foundation. Dr. Zebrack has clinical social work experience in both pediatric and adult oncology, and has been involved in the development of peer support/advocacy programs for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
Dr. Zebrack has served on national boards and committees dedicated to enhancing the delivery of, and access to, quality health care for patients and their families. He recently completed service to the Association of Oncology Social Work, for which he chaired the Social Workers in Oncology Research Group. Dr. Zebrack also serves as a steering committee member of the LiveSTRONG Young Adult Alliance in which he has been involved in the development of clinical and supportive care guidelines for adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Dr. Zebrack has served as a consultant to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Planet Cancer, Fertile Hope and the Children’s National Brain Tumor Foundation, all national organizations dedicated to providing support and information to young adult cancer survivors. He also served as an advisor to the director of the National Cancer Institute as a founding member of the National Cancer Institute’s Director’s Consumer Liaison Group.
Dr. Zebrack is a 25-year survivor of Hodgkin’s disease, diagnosed in 1985 at the age of 25. In 1989, Brad and his girlfriend Joanne (now wife) completed a one-year 11,000-mile bicycle tour around the United States to promote cancer survivorship. Brad and Joanne live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their 8-year old daughter Sierra Grace and cat Cal.