Brent J. Small, PhD


Dr. Small is a Professor in the School of Nursing and a Full Member of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Small’s research examines Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment (CRCI), whereby persons diagnosed and treated for cancer often report cognitive problems that were not present prior to the cancer diagnosis. In his work, Dr. Small has been involved in large-scale longitudinal studies of CRCI, as well as studies that involve intensive longitudinal studies during which people complete cognitive tests multiple times a day over short intervals (e.g., one to two weeks). Dr. Small is MPI of an R01 from the National Cancer Institute that examines changes in cognitive performance among persons with lymphoma who are being treated with Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy.

In addition to his work on CRCI, Dr. Small is an experienced methodologist/statistician who has expertise in the application of multivariate and multivariable approaches to longitudinal data. This includes the application of multilevel models, growth mixture modeling, mediation and multilevel mediation analyses, as well as structural equation modeling.

Dr. Small is passionate about teaching and mentoring. At his previous institution (University of South Florida), Dr. Small taught graduate classes on mulitivariate statistics and grant writing. He has served as major professor or committee member to numerous graduate students. Finally, he has been on the mentoring teams of several doctoral students and post-doctoral scientists.