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Andras Konya MD PhD
Dana Flavin MD MS
Mitch Fleisher MD DHt
Mark Starr MD
MA Richardson DrPH
Merle Morgan MS OMD
Sharry Edwards MEd
Virginia Osborne ND RN
Steve Hines ND NE
Robert Ranger MA CCH
Dr John Apsley Exec Dir
Mary Ann Richardson, DrPH, MPH - Co-Founding Member







Angelo State University




UT Health Science Center School of Public Health



Health Education/Promotion

UTMD Anderson Cancer Center

NCI Fellowship


Cancer Prevention

UT Health Science Center, School of Public Health



Health Promotion/Disease Prevention




1986-1987 Project Coordinator, Energy Expenditure Among 5 and 6 year olds, Family Health Project, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas


1987-1988 Research Asst, Effects of Acculturation on Incidence of Breastfeeding Among Border Population, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.


1988-1989 Research Asst, Effects of Mother-Child Joint Attention in Preterms, U Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.


1989-1993 Project Coordinator, Research Associate, Smoking Disclosure Project, Sustaining Women's Smoking Cessation Postpartum, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas.

1995: Co-Principal Investigator, Support/Imagery and Immune Function in Breast Cancer, The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center.


1994- 1996 Pre-doctoral Fellow, Cancer Prevention, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston


1995- 2000 Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences, Principal Investigator and Director, U.T. Center for Alternative Medicine Research in Cancer, The University of Texas- Houston Health Science Center, Houston, Texas.


2000-2003 Health Sciences Administrator/Program Officer, National Center for Complementary/Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC


003-2007Vice President Investigations/Director of Research, National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, Washington DC


2007- current Consultant




Co-Principal Investigator, Support/Imagery and Immune Function in Breast Cancer, NIH OAM, l993- 1995.


NCI Predoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Prevention and Control Education Program, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, l993-1995

Principal Investigator, U.T. Center for Alternative Medicine Research in Cancer, NCI and NIH OAM, l995-2000.


Co-Investigator, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Military (MIL-CAM): Epidemiological Documentation Service (EDS), Department of Defense, 2004-2006


Principal Investigator, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Military (MIL-CAM): Epidemiological Documentation Service (EDS), Department of Defense, 2005-2007



PUBLICATIONS (selected):

Moye, L.A., Richardson, M.A., Post-White,J, Justice, B. Research methodology in psychoneuroimmunology: Rationale and design of the IMAGES-P (Imagery and group emotional support study-pilot) clinical trial; Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 1(2), 34-37, l995.


Richardson, M.A., Post-White, J., Grimm, E.A., Moye, L., Singletary, S.E., Justice, B., Coping, Life Attitudes, and Immune Response to Imagery/Group Support after Breast Cancer, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 3(5), 62-70, 1997.


Richardson, M.A., Post-White, J.; Singletary, S.E, Justice, B., Recruitment for Alternative Medicine Trials: Who Participates after Breast Cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 20:3, 190-198, 1998.


Pathak, S, Multani, AS, Ozen, M, Richardson, MA, Newman, RA. Dolastatin-10 induces polyploidy, telomeric associations and apoptosis in a murine melanoma cell line, Oncology Reports, 5: 373-376, 1998.


Richardson, MA, Ramirez, T, Nanney, K, Singletary, SE, Alternative/Complementary Medicine: Implications for Patient-Provider Communications, Proceedings of ASCO, 18, 590a, May, l999.


Richardson, MA  , Ramirez, T, Russell, NC, Moye, LA. Coley Toxins Immunotherapy: A Retrospective Review Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 5 (3),42-47, 1999.


Richardson, MA, Tamayo, C, Klein, A, Marcon, N, Rationale for Drug Development of Herbals in Oncology: Clinical, Industry, and Regulatory Perspectives, Drug Information Journal, 1999, 33, 1003-1010.


Tamayo, C, Richardson, MA, Diamond, S, Skoda, I, The Chemistry and Biological Activity of Herbs in Flor-Essence TM Herbal Tonic and Essiac TM, Phytotherapy Research, 2000, 13, 1-14.


Richardson, MA, Research of Complementary/Alternative Medicine Therapies in Oncology: Promising but Challenging, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 1999, 17, 11s (November Supplement), 38-43.


Richardson, MA, White, JD, Facilitating Research of Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Cancer: A National Initiative, Cancer Practice, 2000, 8 (1), 45-48.


Richardson, MA, Commentary, Use of Alternative Medicine by Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer, New England Journal of Medicine, 340(22), 1733-1739, Breast Disease: A Year Book Quarterly, 10 (4), Jan-Mar 2000.


Richardson, MA, Commentary, Disclosing Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in the Medical Encounter: a qualitative study in women with breast cancer. Journal of Family Practice, 1999, 48,6, 453-458, Breast Disease: A Year Book Quarterly, Volume 11 (1), Apr-Jun 2000.


Richardson, MA, Sanders, T, Palmer, L, Greisinger, A, Singletary, S, Complementary/Alternative Medicine Use in a Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Implications for Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2000, 18, 2505-2514.


Richardson, MA, Sanders, T, Tamayo, C, Perez, C, Palmer, JL, Flor-Essenceā„¢ Herbal Tonic Use in North America: A Profile of General Consumers & Cancer Patients Herbal Tonic Use in North America, HerbalGram, 2000, 50, 40-46.

Hoffer, LJ, Tamayo, C, Richardson, MA. Vitamin C as a Cancer Therapy: An Overview, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 2000, 15(4), 175-180.


Richardson, MA, Commentary, Prevalence of complementary therapy use by women with breast cancer: a population-based survey. European Journal of Cancer, 2000, 36, 1359-1364. Breast Disease: A Year Book Quarterly, 2000, 12 (1), 38-39.


Richardson, MA, Commentary, A Comparison of Complementary Therapy Use between Breast Cancer Patients and Patients with Other Primary Tumor Sites. Am Journal of Surgery, 2000, 179, 407-411. Breast Disease: A Year Book Quarterly, 2001, 12 (1), 36-37.


Richardson, MA, Russell, NC, Sanders, T, Barrett, R, Salveson, C. Assessment of Outcomes at Alternative Medicine Cancer Clinics: A Feasibility Study, Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 2001, 7 (1), 19-32.


Richardson, MA. Biopharmacologic and Herbal Therapies for Cancer: Research Update from NCCAM, Journal of Nutrition, 2001,131, 3037S-3040S.


Richardson, MA, Nanney, N, Masse, L, Sanders, T, Singletary, SE.Discrepant Views of Oncologists & Cancer Patients on Complementary/Alternative Medicine, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2001, 7(3), 109.Richardson, MA, Ezzo, J, Vickers, A, Allen, C, Lao, L, Zhang, G, Ramirez, G. Acupoint Stimulation for Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2001, 7(3), S28.


Richardson, MA. Complementary and Alternative Therapy Use in Gynecologic Oncology: Implications for Clinical Practice, Gynecologic Oncology, 2002, 84, 360-362.

Eisenberg, DM, Weiger,W, Smith, M, Richardson, MA, Advising patients with cancer who seek complementary and alternative therapies for cancer, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2002, 137:889-903.


Richardson, MA and Straus, Stephen E. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges for Cancer

Management and Research, Seminars in Oncology, 2002, 29(6):531-545.


Richardson, MA. Discussing Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the End of Life, In: The Cambridge Handbook of Advanced Cancer Care (Eds E. Bruera and M. Fisch) Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Tamayo, C and Richardson, MA, Vitamin C as a Cancer Treatment: State of the Science and Recommendations for Research, Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2003, 9(3), 94-102.


Richardson, MA, M¢sse, LC, Nanny,K, Sanders, C, Discrepant Views of Oncologists and Cancer Patients on Complementary/Alternative Medicine, Supportive Care and Cancer, 2004,Nov;12(11):797-804.


Ezzo, J, Vickers, A, Richardson, MA, Allen, C, Dibble, S, Issell, B, Lao, L, Pearl, M, Ramirez, G, Roscoe, J, Shen, J, Shivnan, J, Streitberger, K, Treish, I, Zhang, G. Acupuncture-Point Stimulation for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2005, 23 (28), 7188-7198.


Ezzo JM, Richardson MA, Vickers A, Allen C, Dibble SL, Issell BF, Lao L, Pearl M, Ramirez G,Roscoe JA, Shen J, Shivnan JC, Streitberger K, Treish I, Zhang G, Acupuncture-Point Stimulation for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting, Cochrane Database, Issue 2, 2006.




Conferences Committees/Special Activities:


Planning Committee, Monitoring and Evaluation Approaches for Integrated Complementary and Alternative Medicine Cancer Practices, Sponsored by National Cancer Institute/Office of Alternative Therapies, Washington, DC, August, l997.


Co-Chair, UT-CAM and McGill University Conference: Evaluating the Evidence of Vitamin C in Cancer Treatment, Montreal, Canada, June, 1999.

Advisory Committee: Complementary/Alternative Medicine: Modern Science- Ancient Wisdom, Houston, Texas, June, 1999.

Cancer Technical Expert Panel Chair, Evidence Based Practice Center- San Antonio Cochrane Collaborating Center, Systematic review: garlic and sylibum, October, 1999.


Advisory Committee, Conference Advisory Council, Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Complementary & Alternative Therapies, Washington, June, 1998, 1999, 2000.


Moderator and Organizing Committee, National Brain Tumor Foundation Workshop: Setting a Research Agenda for CAM, Comprehensive Cancer Care 2000, Washington, DC, June 7, 2000.


Speaker/Participant- Invitational Workshop: York University Center for Health Studies: "Complementary & Alternative Medicine: The Question of Appropriate Evidence Bases" , Toronto, Canada, September 23-24, 2000.


Conference Organizer: "IV Magnesium and Asthma: Assessment of the State of the Science" , Washington, DC, September 27-28, 2000.


Advisory Committee: From Tradition to Modernity: Asian Therapies for Cancer: A 1st International Conference, February 28-March 3, 2001.

NIH Listening Panel: Review of Ephedra, sponsored by Office of Women's Health, Washington, DC, August 8-9, 2000.


Panel Member, Special Panel on CAM, American Institute for Cancer Research, Washington, DC, February 21, 2000.


Planning Committee, Planning meeting for State-of-Science Conference on Symptom Management in Cancer: Pain, Depression, and Fatigue Sponsors: NCI, NCCAM, NIA, NIMH, NIHR, NINDS, FDA, July 15-16, 2001


Co-organizer, Planning Meeting for Antioxidants with Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy Workshop, Sponsors: NCCAM, ODS, CF-SAN , July 30, 2001


NCCAM representative, PCSPES Roundtable, Urological Sciences Research Foundation, Santa Monica, CA October 15,2001.

Planning Committee, Integrative Workshop on End-of-Life Research: Focus on Older Populations, Sponsors: Fetzer, NINR, NIA, HRSA, AHRQ, NCI, NCCAM, , Rockville MD, October 22-23, 2001.


NCCAM representative, Biological Mechanisms of Psychosocial Effects on Disease, Sponsors: NIAMS, NIMH, NCI (BBRB; DCB; OCCAM), NIAIDS, NIA, CCAM, NIGMS, OBSSR, , Bethesda, MD, February 28-March 1, 2002.


NCCAM representative, NIH End of Life Special Interest Group, June, 2000 - Current.


NCCAM Roundtable representative , Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, April, 6, 2002.


NCCAM Roundtable representative, International Scientific Conference on CAM, Boston, MA, April 12-14, 2002.



Journals/Advisory Boards:

Associate Editor, Cancer Prevention & Control, Area of Complementary/Unconventional Therapies, Published by Canadian Medical Association. 1997-1999.


Editorial Board, Cancer Practice, published by the American Cancer Society, New York, 1999-2002.


Editorial Board,Physicians Data Query (PDQ) Adult Treatment Editorial Board, NIH, National Cancer Institute, 2000-2003.


Editorial Board, Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, Haworth Herbal Press, The Haworth Press, Inc. New York, Current.


Editorial Board, Alternative Health Practitioner: A Journal of Complementary and Integrative Health Care, Springer Publishing Company, New York. Current.


Advisory Board, Alternative Medicine Research Foundation of Texas, 1998- 2000.


Steering Committee and Program Committee, Place of Wellness, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1998- 2000


Executive Secretary, Cancer Advisory Panel for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAP-CAM), 2002.


National Society Operations Committee: Alternative Medicine, American Cancer Society, 1999-2002.


External Advisory Board, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Center, 2003-2004.

Editorial Board, Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine (JICM)- An international forum for evidence-based practices, Toronto, Canada 2003-2005

Advisory Board, Complementary Medicine Field Group, The Cochrane Collaboration


Advisory Board Member, National Cancer Coalition, 2003-2006


Expert Advisory Committee, National Health Products Directorate, Health Canada, 2004- 2007


Juror, Roger's Award for Excellence CAM, Lotte and John Hech Foundation, Canada, 2007-current


Integrative Cancer Advisory Board Member, Embodi Works, 2010.


Scientific Committee,The Journal of Integrative Medicine, Peru, 2011