Marcia Tan

Assistant Professor
Research Summary
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.
Health Disparities, Minority Health, Tobacco Cessation, Weight Management, Behavioral Sciences
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, Postdoctoral Fellowship Cancer Prevention 08/2018
  • University of Miami, Miami, FL, PhD Clinical Health Psychology 08/2016
  • Miami VA Medical Center, Miami, FL, Predoctoral Clinical Internship Health Psychology 07/2016
  • Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, MPH Epidemiology 05/2010
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, BS Psychology 05/2007
Biosciences Graduate Program Association
Awards & Honors
  • 2003 - 2007 Presidential Scholar, National Urban League Scholarship, Golden Key International Honour Society University of Alabama
  • 2009 - 2010 Roberts Research Training Awardee Emory University
  • 2010 - 2014 NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences AGEP Travel Award University of Miami
  • 2010 - 2016 McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Florida Education Fund
  • 2012 - Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equality Scholarship Intercultural Cancer Council
  • 2013 - Diversity Travel Scholarship Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  • 2015 - Graduate Student Association Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Service Award University of Miami
  • 2018 - Citation Abstract Winner Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2019 - 2021 NIH Loan Repayment Program, Clinical Research National Cancer Institute
  • 2019 - Diversity Travel Award American Psychosomatic Society
  • 2019 - G. Alan Marlatt Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions American Psychological Association, Division 50 – Addiction Psychology
  1. Adverse childhood experiences and resilience in childhood and adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2023 03; 70(3):e30141. View in: PubMed

  2. 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. View in: PubMed

  3. 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. View in: PubMed

  4. Techniques for Advertising Healthy Food in School Settings to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Inquiry. 2022 Jan-Dec; 59:469580221100165. View in: PubMed

  5. 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. View in: PubMed

  6. Six Month Abstinence Heterogeneity in the Best Quit Study. Ann Behav Med. 2019 11 09; 53(12):1032-1044. View in: PubMed

  7. 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. View in: PubMed

  8. 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. View in: PubMed

  9. Association between smoking cessation and weight gain in treatment-seeking African Americans. Addict Behav. 2018 06; 81:84-90. View in: PubMed

  10. Culturally specific versus standard smoking cessation messages targeting Hispanics: An experiment. Psychol Addict Behav. 2015 Jun; 29(2):283-9. View in: PubMed

  11. 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. View in: PubMed

  12. Racial/Ethnic differences among smokers: revisited and expanded to help seekers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 May; 16(5):621-5. View in: PubMed

  13. Associations between coping, affect, and social support among low-income African American smokers. Addict Behav. 2013 Nov; 38(11):2736-40. View in: PubMed

  14. 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. View in: PubMed

  15. Neurobehavioral effects of interferon-a in patients with hepatitis-C: symptom dimensions and responsiveness to paroxetine. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2012 May; 37(6):1444-54. View in: PubMed

  16. Pulmonary embolism in a patient with catatonia: an old disease, changing times. Psychosomatics. 2011 Jul-Aug; 52(4):387-91. View in: PubMed

  17. 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. View in: PubMed

  18. 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.::::

  19. In DW Kissane, M Maj, and N Sartorius (Eds.) Depression and Cancer. Biology of depression and cytokines in cancer. 2011; 51-80.::::

  20. Acculturation predicts 7-day smoking cessation among treatment-seeking African -Americans in a group intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2012; 43(1):74-83.::::

  21. In M Gellman and JR Turner (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Ex-smokers. 2012; 741-42.::::