Dr. Alicia Matthews
Dr. Alicia Matthews is nationally and internationally known for her health disparities research with underserved populations primarily focused on the development and evaluation of culturally targeted health risk reduction interventions. She is a Professor and clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in examining determinants of cancer-related health disparities with a focus on African American and LGBT populations. Her recent research focuses on the use of community-based and culturally targeted health promotion interventions to reduce risk factors associated with cancer disparities including smoking cessation treatments. She has served as the PI of 5 federally funded projects and co-investigator for several others. She currently serves as the PI of an NIH-funded study (R01 DA023935-01A2) to conduct a randomized clinical trial of a culturally targeted and non-targeted smoking cessation intervention for LGBT smokers. She is also a co-investigator and education and research core director for a P20 and U54 grants focused on reducing cancer disparities. She will serve as a Co-PI (along with Dr. McCabe) on the proposed project. Dr. Matthews will lead the selection of the most useful nicotine/tobacco measures across data sets, assist in the selection of the most important theory-based risk and resilience factors for nicotine/tobacco use, author and co-author peer-reviewed manuscripts, serve as a liaison with the advisory board members, and help identify results that can enhance smoking cessation efforts.