At ACS since 2013
Melissa Rittase works on all aspects of participant data for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Prevention Study cohorts CPS-II and CPS-3, including recruitment, participant communication, data collection and cleaning, and analysis.
Rittase supports the selection and design of questions for CPS-3 triennial surveys, sub-studies, and the online participant portal. In addition, she processes incoming survey data in preparation for data analysis and conducts analyses related to data quality within CPS-3.
With the aim of modernizing the CPS-3 cohort, Rittase is leading the effort to develop and implement the new web-based participant portal. She also develops strategies for participant retention and engagement.
Research focus and accomplishments
I joined the ACS Epidemiology Research program in 2012 when CPS-3 enrollment was in full swing. Fresh out of graduate school, I was able to quickly understand the cohort and data management by processing data for up to 10,000 participants a month, helping to successfully complete enrollment of over 300,000 participants.
Over time, I realized that rather than continuing to rely on traditional paper and pencil methods, we could conduct more innovative, impactful research by modernizing CPS-3 cohort communication. I helped enhance the triennial online survey and collaborated on the development of online-data collection efforts and participant engagement strategies.
To strengthen communication with participants and provide useful and interesting information back to them, I organized the launch of a quarterly e-newsletter, wrote content, designed the layout, and managed the distribution process.
Now I’m leading the effort to develop and implement the new web-based CPS-3 Participant Portal that supports ACS researchers’ novel research by collecting more timely information that is easier for participants to provide, and that's managed in a more streamlined way.
For a full list of Rittase's publications, visit her Google Scholar page.