Monica Webb Hooper, PhD
Deputy Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health
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Dr. Monica Webb Hooper is Deputy Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). She works closely with the Director, Dr. Pérez-Stable, and the leadership, to oversee all aspects of the institute and to support the implementation of the science visioning recommendations to improve minority health, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity.
Dr. Webb Hooper is an internationally recognized translational behavioral scientist and clinical health psychologist. She has dedicated her career to the scientific study of minority health and racial/ethnic disparities, focusing on chronic illness prevention and health behavior change. Her community-engaged research program focuses on understanding multilevel factors and biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying modifiable risk factors, such as tobacco use and stress processes, and the development of community-responsive and culturally specific interventions. Her goal is to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge and disseminate findings to communities with high needs.
Before joining NIMHD, Dr. Webb Hooper was a Professor of Oncology, Family Medicine & Community Health and Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She was also Associate Director for Cancer Disparities Research and Director of the Office of Cancer Disparities Research in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Webb Hooper completed her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida, an internship in medical psychology from the University of Florida Health Sciences Center, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami.
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