Erin O'Carroll Bantum, PhD

Erin O'Carroll Bantum, PhD

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Full Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Prevention in the Pacific), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Clinical Member, Translational and Clinical Research, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Co-lead, Cancer Survivorship Affinity Group
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee Member
NCI Symptom Management and Health Related Quality of Life Steering Committee Member

Academic Appointment(s):
Associate Professor (Associate Researcher), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Graduate Faculty, University of Hawaiʻi Education and Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science

PhD, Clinical Psychology - Emphasis in Health Psychology, Loma Linda University
MA, Psychology, Loma Linda University

Research Focus

As a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Bantum's research focuses on cancer survivorship. She is interested in understanding factors related to better adjustment to diagnosis, treatment, and longer-term survivorship. Most of Dr. Bantum’s work focuses on testing interventions, with some work more mechanistic in nature by looking to understand components or impacts of interventions that are most potent. Dr. Bantum's work looks to impact primary health behaviors, such as physical activity, in addition to studies focusing more specifically on impacting psychosocial behaviors, such as mindfulness and emotion. In Dr. Bantum's lab, the team she works with has been assessing the impact of a mobile app she helped to develop, Mindfulness Coach, on both anxiety and cancer related neuropathy for cancer survivors who have completed primary treatment. In the future, she plans to combine social support and mindfulness in an online environment and hopes to also explore biological mechanisms of interest, particularly in our diverse population within the state.

Dr. Bantum is interested in projects that have direct relevance here in Hawaiʻi. One of these projects is a collaboration with colleagues here at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center on a series of Hula studies for breast, cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer survivors. These studies have been biobehavioral, exploring the impact of culturally grounded physical activity on psychological and physical indicators of health. Dr. Bantum is more recently participating as a Community Action Council Member in the PIPCHE-funded Traditional and New Lifestyle Interventions for Breast Cancer Survivors (TANICA) project led by Dr. Esquivel and Aflague. Highlighting the things that lead to sustained health behavior change, such as engaging in what has personal relevance to cancer survivors is work that Dr. Bantum is excited to continue. One of the important keys to maintaining healthy behaviors is engaging in things that we enjoy. Dr. Bantum is grateful to have the opportunity to promote the well-being of people who have been diagnosed with cancer and to particularly harness the power when people connect with others through similar experiences.

Selected Publications

Bantum EO, Yamada P, Makolo T, Yu H, Pagano I, Subia N, Walsh C, Loo LWM. (2023). Hula as a physical activity and social support intervention for sustained activity in female breast and gynecologic cancer survivors. Frontiers in Psychology; Sep; DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1190532.

Yamada PT, Bantum EO, Centeio E, et al. (2023). Training students to lead online physical activity sessions for children undergoing cancer treatment. International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education; Oct; DOI:10.1080/24711616.2023.2237427.

Arnobit C, Loo K, Pagano I, Fukui J, Smith M, Braun-Inglis C, & Bantum EO. (2021). Recruiting cancer survivors to a mobile mindfulness intervention: Exploring online and face-to-face recruitment strategies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Oct; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph181910136.

Fukui J, Bantum EO, Meister M, Lim S, Marumoto A, & Pagano I. (2021). Breast pain in a diverse population of breast cancer patients. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice; July; DOI: 10.1097/OR0.00000000000055.

Yamada P, Teranishi-Hashimoto C, & Bantum, EO. (2021). Paired exercise has superior effects on psychosocial health compared to individual exercise in female cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, Apr; DOI:10.1007/s0052.021.06209.6.

Publication list via NIH MyBibliography

Active Grants

E. Bantum, Pilot Projects Grant Reviewer Study Panel; N.A. Palafox & K. Kaholokula, MPIs
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
U54 GM138062-01A1
Center for Pacific Innovations, Knowledge, and Opportunities (PIKO)
07/2021 – 06/2026

E. Bantum, Co-Investigator; J. Berenberg & J. Acoba, MPIs
NIH/NCI Community Oncology Research Program
08/2020 – 07/2025

E. Bantum, Community Action Council Member; M. Esquivel, PI on the Traditional and New Lifestyle Intervention for Breast Cancer Prevention (TANICA)
University of Hawaii Cancer Center: N. Palafox & B. Hernandez, MPIs
University of Guam: R. Leon Guerrero, MPI
National Cancer Institute
2U54CA143727-11 - (1/2) Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PIPCHE)
09/28/2009 – 08/31/2025 (Dr. Bantum joined 07/2023)

E. Bantum, PI
University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Seed Funding, Strategic Investment in Translational Science
Mobile Mindfulness for Cancer Related Neuropathy
05/2020 – 12/2024