Dr. Monica Webb Hooper is the Director of the Office of Cancer Disparities Research at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. Previously, she was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami and member of the Cancer, Prevention, Control, and Survivorship (CPCS) program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (UM/Sylvester). She is also the leader of the Prevention and Early Detection program theme. Dr. Webb Hooper directed the Tobacco, Obesity, and Oncology Laboratory (TOOL). She is a clinical health psychologist whose research interests are in health behavior change, with an emphasis on the intersection between cancer prevention and control and minority health and disparity elimination. Her research focuses on cessation and relapse prevention interventions, individual and group differences in intervention response, and studies examining mechanisms underlying the efficacy of targeted and tailored messages. Her current research examines genetic and personality factors as predictors of success in a group cessation intervention, best practices for behavioral tobacco interventions among African American smokers, and understanding relationships between race/ethnicity, cultural variables, the biological stress response and cessation. Dr. Webb Hooper has received national recognition for her contributions to nicotine and tobacco research, and is a leader in the field of tobacco-associated health disparities. She has been awarded over $4 million extramural research funds since 2006 from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the Florida Department of Health. The overarching goal of Dr. Webb Hooper’s research is to make a significant public health impact by reducing the prevalence of cancer overall, and cancer health disparities in high-risk populations.
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