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Marcia Tan

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentPublic Health Sciences
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    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.

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    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, ILPostdoctoral Fellowship08/2018Cancer Prevention
    University of Miami, Miami, FLPhD08/2016Clinical Health Psychology
    Miami VA Medical Center, Miami, FLPredoctoral Clinical Internship07/2016Health Psychology
    Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GAMPH05/2010Epidemiology
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, ALBS05/2007Psychology
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    2019 - 2021NIH Loan Repayment Program, Clinical Research, National Cancer Institute
    2019G. Alan Marlatt Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions, American Psychological Association, Division 50 – Addiction Psychology
    2019Diversity Travel Award, American Psychosomatic Society
    2018Citation Abstract Winner, Society of Behavioral Medicine
    2015Graduate Student Association Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Service Award, University of Miami
    2013Diversity Travel Scholarship, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
    2012Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equality Scholarship, Intercultural Cancer Council
    2010 - 2014NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences AGEP Travel Award, University of Miami
    2010 - 2016McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, Florida Education Fund
    2009 - 2010Roberts Research Training Awardee, Emory University
    2003 - 2007Presidential Scholar, National Urban League Scholarship, Golden Key International Honour Society, University of Alabama

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    ACS-IRG; IRG-16-222-56     (Marcia Tan)Dec 1, 2019 - Nov 30, 2020
    American Cancer Society
    Addressing tobacco use in adults with low socioeconomic status: Developing a tobacco cessation curriculum for community health workers
    Role Description: The objective of this study is to modify a tobacco cessation training to develop an efficient, time-saving resource for community health workers (CHW) who serve low socioeconomic status communities.
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R21CA249357     (TAN, MARCIA MCNUTT)Aug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2022
    Examining differential effects of obesity on inflammation in ex-smokers to understand racial disparities in cancer risk
    Role Description: The objective of the study is to examine changes in obesity and inflammation in African American and non-Hispanic white ex-smokers to determine bio-behavioral mechanisms that may contribute to racial disparities in lung cancer risk, taking into account lasting effects of smoking.
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. 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.
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    2. 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.
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    3. 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.
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    4. 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.
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    5. 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.
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    6. 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.
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    7. 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.
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    8. 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.
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    9. 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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    10. Webb Hooper, M, McNutt, MD, Baker, EA. Psychosocial correlates of perceived stress and depressive symptoms among help-seeking Hispanic smokers. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2015; 8(2):106-117.
    11. Musselman DL, Ziemer DC, McNutt MD, Seay JS, Royster EB, Larsen B, Barham T, Brown AR, Vogel OL, Phillips LS, Harvey PD. Depression, deficits in functional capacity, and impaired glycemic control in urban African Americans with type 2 diabetes. J Psychiatr Res. 2014 May; 52:21-7. PMID: 24491959.
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    12. Webb Hooper M, Baker EA, McNutt MD. Racial/Ethnic differences among smokers: revisited and expanded to help seekers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 May; 16(5):621-5. PMID: 24336396.
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    13. Webb Hooper M, Baker EA, McNutt MD. Associations between coping, affect, and social support among low-income African American smokers. Addict Behav. 2013 Nov; 38(11):2736-40. PMID: 23934005.
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    14. Musselman D, Royster EB, Wang M, Long Q, Trimble LM, Mann TK, Graciaa DS, McNutt MD, Auyeung NS, Oliver L, Lawson DH, Miller AH. The impact of escitalopram on IL-2-induced neuroendocrine, immune, and behavioral changes in patients with malignant melanoma: preliminary findings. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013 Sep; 38(10):1921-8. PMID: 23575741.
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    15. McNutt MD, Liu S, Manatunga A, Royster EB, Raison CL, Woolwine BJ, Demetrashvili MF, Miller AH, Musselman DL. Neurobehavioral effects of interferon-a in patients with hepatitis-C: symptom dimensions and responsiveness to paroxetine. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2012 May; 37(6):1444-54. PMID: 22353759.
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    16. Webb Hooper, M, Baker, EA, Rodriguez de Ybarra, D, McNutt, M, & Ahluwalia, JS . Acculturation predicts 7-day smoking cessation among treatment-seeking African -Americans in a group intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2012; 43(1):74-83.
    17. McNutt, MD, Webb Hooper, M. In M Gellman and JR Turner (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Ex-smokers. 2012; 741-42.
    18. Larsen HH, Ritchie JC, McNutt MD, Musselman DL. Pulmonary embolism in a patient with catatonia: an old disease, changing times. Psychosomatics. 2011 Jul-Aug; 52(4):387-91. PMID: 21777724.
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    19. Musselman, DL, Miller, AH, Royster, EB, McNutt, MD. In DW Kissane, M Maj, and N Sartorius (Eds.) Depression and Cancer. Biology of depression and cytokines in cancer. 2011; 51-80.
    20. Auyeung SF, Long Q, Royster EB, Murthy S, McNutt MD, Lawson D, Miller A, Manatunga A, Musselman DL. Sequential multiple-assignment randomized trial design of neurobehavioral treatment for patients with metastatic malignant melanoma undergoing high-dose interferon-alpha therapy. Clin Trials. 2009 Oct; 6(5):480-90. PMID: 19786415.
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