| Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D., MPH, has assumed the role of Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
Fagan, a leading expert on tobacco-related health disparities and co-founder of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Tobacco Disparities Research Network, will lead new and existing cancer prevention and control activities. for the Cancer Institute.
“Dr. Fagan is a nationally recognized cancer researcher and has studied cancer-related health disparities for decades,” said Michael Birrer, MD Ph.D., director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.”She is passionate about social justice and will be a tremendous leader as we work to meet the needs of Arkansas communities disproportionately affected by cancer.”
Fagan is a professor at UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health and director of the UAMS Center for the Study of Tobacco. She is the Director of Research in the Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research at UAMS.
Fagan also directs the NIH Center for Research, Health and Social Justice at UAMS – one of 11 funded multiple chronic disease centers in the United States. The center is funded by an $18.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support new research and interventions aimed at reducing cancer in people living in rural areas and African American populations across the country. ‘Arkansas.
Fagan previously served as Program Director for the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and as a Health Scientist with the Tobacco Control Research Branch of NCI. .
Fagan is the recipient of the 2021 President’s Award from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and the 2022 David Bourne Leading Light Award from the Arkansas Cancer Coalition. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she earned a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and a doctorate in health education and community health from Texas A&M University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
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