Areas of Expertise:
- Geographic Information Systems, Science, and Technology
- Geospatial analysis, modeling, and visualization of population-based cancer data
Dr. Zaria Tatalovich, Ph.D., is a Geospatial Scientist in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Tatalovich received her PhD in Geography from the University of Southern California, MA degree in Geography from the California State University Los Angeles, MA in Psychology from the California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles, and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Belgrade. Her research interests are in geospatial modeling of environmental and social prognostic factors for cancer and geospatial analysis of cancer burden in the US.
Since joining NCI in August 2008, Dr. Tatalovich has provided leadership in cancer surveillance; development of geospatial tools, models, and data for assessment of geographic variations in cancer risk; organized workshops, webinars, and conferences in support of integrating spatial science into population-based cancer research. Dr. Tatalovich is a scientific lead for State Cancer Profiles and GIS Portal for Cancer Research, web-based geospatial resources for cancer control planning and research. She is a co-developer for the geospatial mapping tools including NCI Cancer Atlas, NCI Map Stories, Animated Historical Cancer Atlas, and NCI Tobacco Policy Viewer. Dr. Tatalovich leads the NCI/NAACCR Zone Design for Cancer Reporting initiative to optimize geographic areas for reporting cancer statistics across the US.