Based on data from animal studies, racial disparities in breast cancer outcomes are now being attributed to physiological responses to social stressors that activate biological processes that are involved in the initiation and progression of disease. Until these physiological mechanisms have been examined in human samples, our understanding of the biological and behavioral basis of breast cancer disparities will be limited. This research will be the first to use a biobehavioral model to examine biological, psychological, and behavioral pathways that contribute to disease outcomes among African American breast cancer survivors.
Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Hughes-Halbert is a nationally recognized expert in cancer prevention and control among diverse populations. Her research is supported by numerous grants from the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Dr. Hughes-Halbert is also PI of an academic-community partnership funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to develop community-based interventions to improve health outcomes in African Americans. The results of Dr. Hughes-Halbert’s research have been published in influential journals in the fields of cancer prevention, clinical oncology, medicine, genetics, and public health. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hughes-Halbert's academic focus is on, identifying sociocultural, psychological and environmental determinants of minority health and health disparities, as well as disseminating efficacious strategies into clinic and community settings.