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Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine
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Email: hughesha@musc.edu
 
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Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD

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Research Interest:

My research program focuses on identifying sociocultural, psychological, and environmental determinants of cancer prevention and control, translating this information into interventions, and disseminating efficacious strategies into clinical and community settings. My research has made several seminal contributions to the fields of cancer control, minority health, and health disparities. For instance, the availability of genetic testing for mutations in cancer susceptibility genes is one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century and has fundamentally changed the way in which early detection is conceptualized and practiced in the US healthcare system. African Americans typically have limited access to genetic counseling and testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) mutations, and the quality of service has significant limitations in this population. My research developed and evaluated a comprehensive model of how to translate genetic risk information into racially diverse populations. With completion of the first prospective randomized trial to evaluate the effects of culturally tailored versus standard genetic counseling on genetic test acceptance and psychological outcomes, this research established the evidence-base for increasing access to genetic counseling and testing for BRCA1/2 mutations in African American women. My research also was the first to evaluate the long-term effects of genetic testing for BRCA1/2 mutations in racially diverse women. Currently, I am examining community-based strategies for increasing access to, and the enhancing the quality of, cancer control among medically underserved populations. With funding from the NCI and AHRQ, my research is evaluating the effects of community-based navigation for cancer control.

Honors:
AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity, SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

Positions:
Program Leader, Cancer Control, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina

Selected Publications:

1.Halbert CH, Bellamy S, Briggs V, Bowman M, Delmoor E, Johnson JC, Kumanyika S, Melvin C, Purnell J, Rogers R, Weathers B. Intervention completion rates among African Americans in a randomized effectiveness trial for diet and physical activity changes. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .23(7):1306-13, 2014.
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2.Halbert CH, Bellamy S, Briggs V, Bowman M, Delmoor E, Kumanyika S, Rogers R, Purnell J, Weathers B, Johnson JC. Collective efficacy and obesity-related health behaviors in a community sample of African Americans. J Community Health. .39(1):124-31, 2014. PMCID: PMC4017594
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3.Acceptance of a community-based navigator program for cancer control among urban African Americans. Health Educ Res. .29(1):97-108, 2013. PMCID: PMC3894667
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4.Armstrong K, Putt M, Halbert CH, Grande D, Schwartz JS, Liao K, Marcus N, Demeter MB, Shea JA. Prior experiences of racial discrimination and racial differences in health care system distrust. Med Care. .51(2):144-50, 2013. PMCID: PMC3552105
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5.Halbert CH, Kessler L, Collier A, Weathers B, Stopfer J, Domchek S, McDonald JA. Low rates of African American participation in genetic counseling and testing for BRCA1/2 mutations: racial disparities or just a difference? J Genet Couns. .21(5):676-83, 2012. PMCID: PMC3773724
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6.McDonald JA, Barg FK, Weathers B, Guerra CE, Troxel AB, Domchek S, Bowen D, Shea JA, Halbert CH. Understanding participation by African Americans in cancer genetics research. J Natl Med Assoc. .104(7-8):324-30, 2012. PMCID: PMC3760677
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7.Armstrong K, Putt M, Halbert CH, Grande D, Schwartz JS, Liao K, Marcus N, Demeter MB, Shea J. The influence of health care policies and health care system distrust on willingness to undergo genetic testing. Med Care. .50(5):381-7, 2012. PMCID: PMC3360826
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8.McDonald JA, Weathers B, Barg FK, Troxel AB, Shea JA, Bowen D, Guerra CE, Halbert CH. Donation intentions for cancer genetics research among African Americans. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. .16(4):252-8, 2012. PMCID: PMC3326272
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9.Halbert CH, Stopfer JE, McDonald J, Weathers B, Collier A, Troxel AB, Domchek S. Long-term reactions to genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations: does time heal women's concerns? J Clin Oncol. .29(32):4302-6, 2011. PMCID: PMC3221529
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10.Halbert CH, Barg FK, Guerra CE, Shea JA, Armstrong K, Ferguson M, Weathers B, Coyne J, Troxel AB. Cultural, economic, and psychological predictors of colonoscopy in a national sample. J Gen Intern Med. .26(11):1311-6, 2011. PMCID: PMC3208466
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11.Park ER, Kleimann S, Youatt EJ, Lockhart A, Campbell EG, Levy DE, Halbert CH, Schmieder E, Krishna R, Shields AE. Black and White adults' perspectives on the genetics of nicotine addiction susceptibility. Addict Behav. .36(7):769-72, 2011. PMCID: PMC3732108
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12.Weathers B, Barg FK, Bowman M, Briggs V, Delmoor E, Kumanyika S, Johnson JC, Purnell J, Rogers R, Halbert CH. Using a mixed-methods approach to identify health concerns in an African American community. Am J Public Health. .101(11):2087-92, 2011. PMCID: PMC3107882
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13.O'Brien MJ, Halbert CH, Bixby R, Pimentel S, Shea JA. Community health worker intervention to decrease cervical cancer disparities in Hispanic women. J Gen Intern Med. .25(11):1186-92, 2010. PMCID: PMC2947642
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14.Halbert CH, Bellamy S, Bowman M, Briggs V, Delmoor E, Purnell J, Rogers R, Weathers B, Kumanyika S. Effects of integrated risk counseling for cancer and cardiovascular disease in African Americans. J Natl Med Assoc. .102(5):396-402, 2010.
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15.Halbert CH, Wrenn G, Weathers B, Delmoor E, Ten Have T, Coyne JC. Sociocultural determinants of men's reactions to prostate cancer diagnosis. Psychooncology. .19(5):553-60, 2010. PMCID: PMC2861153
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16.Halbert CH, Kessler L, Troxel AB, Stopfer JE, Domchek S. Effect of genetic counseling and testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in African American women: a randomized trial. Public Health Genomics. .13(7-8):440-8, 2010. PMCID: PMC3025895
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17.Halbert CH, Coyne J, Weathers B, Mahler B, Delmoor E, Vaughn D, Malkowicz SB, Lee D, Troxel A. Racial differences in quality of life following prostate cancer diagnosis. Urology. .76(3):559-64, 2010. PMCID: PMC3773713
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18.Graves KD, Wenzel L, Schwartz MD, Luta G, Wileyto P, Narod S, Peshkin BN, Marcus A, Cella D, Emsbo SP, Barnes D, Halbert CH. Randomized controlled trial of a psychosocial telephone counseling intervention in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .19(3):648-54, 2010. PMCID: PMC2849295
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19.Halbert CH, Kumanyika S, Bowman M, Bellamy SL, Briggs V, Brown S, Bryant B, Delmoor E, Johnson JC, Purnell J, Rogers R, Weathers B. Participation rates and representativeness of African Americans recruited to a health promotion program. Health Educ Res. .25(1):6-13, 2009. PMCID: PMC2805403
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20.Weathers B, Kessler L, Collier A, Stopfer JE, Domchek S, Halbert CH. Utilization of religious coping strategies among African American women at increased risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Fam Community Health. .32(3):218-27, 2009. PMCID: PMC4155033
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21.Halbert CH, Weathers B, Delmoor E, Mahler B, Coyne J, Thompson HS, Have TT, Vaughn D, Malkowicz SB, Lee D. Racial differences in medical mistrust among men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Cancer. .115(11):2553-61, 2009. PMCID: PMC2701108
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22.Dahm JL, Cook E, Baugh K, Wileyto EP, Pinto A, Leone F, Halbert CH, Schnoll RA. Predictors of enrollment in a smoking cessation clinical trial after eligibility screening. J Natl Med Assoc. .101(5):450-5, 2009.
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23.Paskett ED, Reeves KW, McLaughlin JM, Katz ML, McAlearney AS, Ruffin MT, Halbert CH, Merete C, Davis F, Gehlert S. Recruitment of minority and underserved populations in the United States: the Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities experience. Contemp Clin Trials. .29(6):847-61, 2008. PMCID: PMC2642621
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24.Kessler L, Domchek S, Stopfer J, Halbert CH. BRCA1 and BRCA2 risk perceptions among African American women at increased risk for hereditary breast-ovarian cancer. Community Genet. .11(4):193-200, 2008.
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25.Halbert CH, Love D, Mayes T, Collier A, Weathers B, Kessler L, Stopfer J, Bowen D, Domchek S. Retention of African American women in cancer genetics research. Am J Med Genet A. .146A(2):166-73, 2008.
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26.Hughes Halbert C, Barg FK, Weathers B, Delmoor E, Coyne J, Wileyto EP, Arocho J, Mahler B, Malkowicz SB. Differences in cultural beliefs and values among African American and European American men with prostate cancer. Cancer Control. .14(3):277-84, 2007.
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27.Weathers B, Barg FK, Collier A, Halbert CH. Perceptions of changes in weight among African American breast cancer survivors. Psychooncology. .15(2):174-9, 2006.
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28.Halbert CH, Gandy OH, Collier A, Shaker L. Intentions to participate in genetics research among African American smokers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .15(1):150-3, 2006.
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29.Halbert CH, Brewster K, Collier A, Smith C, Kessler L, Weathers B, Stopfer JE, Domchek S, Wileyto EP. Recruiting African American women to participate in hereditary breast cancer research. J Clin Oncol. .23(31):7967-73, 2005.
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30.Halbert CH, Wenzel L, Lerman C, Peshkin BN, Narod S, Marcus A, Corio C, Demarco T, Bellamy S. Predictors of participation in psychosocial telephone counseling following genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. .13(5):875-81, 2004.
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