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Diana Stewart Hoover




Diana Stewart Hoover, Ph.D., is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hoover joined the Department of Health Disparities Research as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011, after obtaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University and completing her Clinical Internship in Behavioral Medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Hoover's research focuses on cancer prevention and health promotion, particularly tobacco cessation in underserved populations (low socioeconomic status [SES], racial/ethnic minorities, mentally ill). Key themes of her work include: 1) SES and racial/ethnic disparities in tobacco use and cessation; 2) the relation between mental illness and tobacco use; 3) the role of social support in tobacco cessation and other health behavior change; and 4) the association between health literacy and smoking cessation outcomes, and mechanisms of this relationship among low-SES, racially/ethnically diverse smokers.