Elizabeth Bouchard


Specializing In:

Medical Sociology Health Disparities Cancer Survivorship Cancer Caregiving Social Networks Health Communication Patient-Provider Relationships

About Elizabeth Bouchard


Dr. Elizabeth Bouchard is a Professor of Oncology in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control and joined the Institute’s faculty in 2016. Dr. Bouchard is a sociologist whose research focuses on understanding how social context shapes experiences navigating cancer care and the mechanisms that contribute to inequalities in cancer treatment and outcomes. One primary focus of Dr. Bouchard’s research is examining the mechanisms underlying the robust association between socioeconomic status and cancer outcomes. Her research examines how social context influences patient-provider interactions, treatment adherence, cancer caregiving, and cancer-related stress. Dr. Bouchard also examines the role of social networks and social support in shaping access to health-related resources, health care navigation, and cancer outcomes.

Dr. Bouchard also serves as Roswell Park’s Senior Vice President and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement. Our Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is driven by a mission to reduce the cancer burden in Western New York, with a focus on eliminating cancer disparities.

Dr. Bouchard also leads the CARE lab

Email: Elizabeth.Bouchard@RoswellPark.org
Phone: 716-845-8357
Fax: 716-845-8487


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor of Oncology
  • Senior Vice President and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement
  • Department of Cancer Prevention & Control


Education and Training:

  • PhD, Sociology, The State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MA, Sociology, The State University of New York at Buffalo


  • R25 Post Doctoral Fellowship, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Professional Memberships:

  • American Sociological Association

Clinical Trials

Featured on Cancer Talk


Full Publications list on PubMed
  • Gage-Bouchard EA, LaValley S, Mollica M, Beaupin LK. Communication and Exchange of Specialized Health-Related Support Among People With Experiential Similarity on Facebook. Health Commun. 2017 Oct;32(10):1233-1240. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1196518. Epub 2016 Aug 2. PMID: 27485860.
  • Gage-Bouchard EA, LaValley S, Mollica M, Beaupin LK. Cancer Communication on Social Media: Examining How Cancer Caregivers Use Facebook for Cancer-Related Communication. Cancer Nurs. 2017 Jul/Aug;40(4):332-338. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000418. PMID: 27442210.
  • LaValley SA, Kiviniemi MT, Gage-Bouchard EA. Where people look for online health information. Health Info Libr J. 2017 Jun;34(2):146-155. doi: 10.1111/hir.12143. Epub 2016 May 21. PMID: 27207817.
  • Shelton RC, Gage-Bouchard EA, Jandorf L, Sriphanlop P, Thelemaque LD, Erwin DO. Examining Social Capital and Its Relation to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening among Underserved Latinas in the U.S. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016;27(4):1794-1811. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0163. PMID: 27818439.
  • Gage-Bouchard EA, LaValley S, Panagakis C, Shelton RC. The architecture of support: The activation of preexisting ties and formation of new ties for tailored support. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Jun;134:59-65. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.04.003. Epub 2015 Apr 3. PMID: 25888807; PMCID: PMC4436002.