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Monica Webb Hooper, PhD

Director, Office of Cancer Disparities Research 216.368.6895 (o)

Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology), Family Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Psychological Sciences

Member, Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Research Program

Dr. Monica Webb Hooper is Director of the Office of Cancer Disparities Research at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also Professor of Oncology, Family Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Psychological Sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Webb Hooper is a clinical health psychologist whose research interests are in the health behavior change of cancer risk behaviors, with an emphasis on the intersection between cancer prevention and control, and minority health and disparity elimination. Dr. Webb Hooper’s research includes aspects of clinical health psychology, biobehavioral oncology, public health, and social psychology. Her research program, the Tobacco, Obesity, and Oncology Laboratory (TOOL) conducts theoretical, experimental, and applied investigations on tobacco use, cessation, and relapse prevention in multiple populations of smokers, including the general population, college students, people living with HIV/AIDS, African Americans, and Hispanics. Her research has been funded continuously since 2006 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Florida Department of Health James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program (JEK). This line of programmatic research is focused on reducing/eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in smoking cessation. Dr. Webb Hooper undertakes novel, theory-based, approaches to understanding methods to enhance treatment outcomes, with specific foci on modifiable mechanisms of change. Substantively, her research focuses on tobacco use, group-based and individually tailored smoking cessation interventions, culturally specific cessation interventions, biological influences, and obesity/weight management. 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 and Hispanic smokers, understanding relationships between race/ethnicity, cultural variables, the biological stress response and cessation. She is also interested in alternative tobacco product use among smokers, such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). 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. Her overarching research goal is to make a significant public health impact by reducing the prevalence of cancer overall, and cancer health disparities in high-risk populations. The long-term result would be the elimination of disparities in tobacco- attributable illnesses. 

Dr. Webb Hooper maintains active involvement in service at multiple levels, including scholarly bodies, international organizations, university activities, and within communities. She serves on committees for the NIH, several refereed journal editorial boards, and for the Tobacco Health Disparities Network of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT). Finally, she engages continuously in community service activities, and always prioritizes her husband and three small children.

cancer disparities, minority health, smoking, tobacco use, weight management, obesity, culturally specific interventions, biobehavioral oncology

Connection Between Racial Bias & Stress: Part 1; Part 2 (ideastream - Dec 21-22, 2016)

Many minorities suffer from high levels of chronic stress which over time exacts an emotional and physical toll (ideastream - Nov 21, 2016)

Cancer Moonshot (ideastream - Jul 1, 2016)

National Cancer Moonshot Summit Moves Program to Liftoff Stage (ideastream - Jun 28, 2016)

Webb Hooper Appointed Director of New Office of Cancer Disparities Research (Case CCC - Jun 23, 2016)