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Marcia Tan, PhD

Dr. Tan is a health psychologist and epidemiologist who focuses on reducing health disparities among underserved populations through health behavior change. Her research interests are 1) examining biopsychosocial and behavioral factors that contribute to disparities in chronic disease, primarily cancer, and 2) conducting community-based health behavior interventions to reduce risk factors among disparity populations. A majority of her work has focused on tobacco cessation and weight management among low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
Postdoctoral Fellowship - Cancer Prevention
2018

University of Miami
Miami, FL
PhD - Clinical Health Psychology
2016

Miami VA Medical Center
Miami, FL
Predoctoral Clinical Internship - Health Psychology
2016

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Atlanta, GA
MPH - Epidemiology
2010

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
BS - Psychology
2007

The role of smoking history in longitudinal changes in C-reactive protein between Black and White older adults in the US.
Jao NC, Martinez-Cardoso A, Vahora M, Tan MM. The role of smoking history in longitudinal changes in C-reactive protein between Black and White older adults in the US. Prev Med Rep. 2022 Aug; 28:101885.
PMID: 35855919

Gaps in Knowledge and Practice in Treating Tobacco Use Among Non-physician Healthcare Professionals and Lay Health Workers in Chicago, Illinois.
Tan MM, Veluz-Wilkins A, Styrczula P, McBrayer S. Gaps in Knowledge and Practice in Treating Tobacco Use Among Non-physician Healthcare Professionals and Lay Health Workers in Chicago, Illinois. Cancer Control. 2022 Jan-Dec; 29:10732748221105310.
PMID: 35632990

Techniques for Advertising Healthy Food in School Settings to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption.
Oke S, Tan M. Techniques for Advertising Healthy Food in School Settings to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Inquiry. 2022 Jan-Dec; 59:469580221100165.
PMID: 35511550

Race differences in predictors of weight gain among a community sample of smokers enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of a multiple behavior change intervention.
Tan MM, Bush T, Lovejoy JC, Javitz H, Torres AJ, Wassum K, Spring B. Race differences in predictors of weight gain among a community sample of smokers enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of a multiple behavior change intervention. Prev Med Rep. 2021 Mar; 21:101303.
PMID: 33489726

Menthol Cigarettes, Tobacco Dependence, and Smoking Persistence: The Need to Examine Enhanced Cognitive Functioning as a Neuropsychological Mechanism.
Jao NC, Tan MM, Matthews PA, Simon MA, Schnoll R, Hitsman B. Menthol Cigarettes, Tobacco Dependence, and Smoking Persistence: The Need to Examine Enhanced Cognitive Functioning as a Neuropsychological Mechanism. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 04 17; 22(4):466-472.
PMID: 30551213

Six Month Abstinence Heterogeneity in the Best Quit Study.
Javitz HS, Bush TM, Lovejoy JC, Torres AJ, Wetzel T, Wassum KP, Tan MM, Alshurafa N, Spring B. Six Month Abstinence Heterogeneity in the Best Quit Study. Ann Behav Med. 2019 11 09; 53(12):1032-1044.
PMID: 31009528

Menthol cigarettes, tobacco dependence, and smoking persistence: The need to examine enhanced cognitive functioning as a neuropsychological mechanism.
Jao NC, Tan MM, Matthews PA, Simon MA, Schnoll R, Hitsman B. Menthol cigarettes, tobacco dependence, and smoking persistence: The need to examine enhanced cognitive functioning as a neuropsychological mechanism. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Dec 14.
PMID: 30551213

Simultaneous vs. sequential treatment for smoking and weight management in tobacco quitlines: 6 and 12 month outcomes from a randomized trial.
Bush T, Lovejoy J, Javitz H, Torres AJ, Wassum K, Tan MM, Spring B. Simultaneous vs. sequential treatment for smoking and weight management in tobacco quitlines: 6 and 12 month outcomes from a randomized trial. BMC Public Health. 2018 05 31; 18(1):678.
PMID: 29855294

Association between smoking cessation and weight gain in treatment-seeking African Americans.
Tan MM, Okuyemi KS, Resnicow K, Dietz NA, Antoni MH, Webb Hooper M. Association between smoking cessation and weight gain in treatment-seeking African Americans. Addict Behav. 2018 06; 81:84-90.
PMID: 29452980

Culturally specific versus standard smoking cessation messages targeting Hispanics: An experiment.
Rodríguez Esquivel D, Webb Hooper M, Baker EA, McNutt MD. Culturally specific versus standard smoking cessation messages targeting Hispanics: An experiment. Psychol Addict Behav. 2015 Jun; 29(2):283-9.
PMID: 26076096

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NIH Loan Repayment Program, Clinical Research
National Cancer Institute
2019 - 2021

G. Alan Marlatt Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions
American Psychological Association, Division 50 – Addiction Psychology
2019

Diversity Travel Award
American Psychosomatic Society
2019

Citation Abstract Winner
Society of Behavioral Medicine
2018

Graduate Student Association Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Service Award
University of Miami
2015

Diversity Travel Scholarship
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
2013

Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equality Scholarship
Intercultural Cancer Council
2012

NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences AGEP Travel Award
University of Miami
2010 - 2014

McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
Florida Education Fund
2010 - 2016

Roberts Research Training Awardee
Emory University
2009 - 2010

Presidential Scholar, National Urban League Scholarship, Golden Key International Honour Society
University of Alabama
2003 - 2007