Department of Public Health Sciences
Marcia Tan is a health psychologist and epidemiologist who focuses on reducing health disparities among underserved populations through health behavior change. Her research interests are examining biopsychosocial and behavioral factors that contribute to disparities in chronic disease, primarily cancer, and 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.
She received the American Psychological Association Convention G. Alan Marlatt Early Career Presentation Award for her work in community-based interventions to reduce tobacco use among low-income populations. Her work has been published in Addictive Behaviors and the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.
Tan earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, an MPH in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a BS in psychology from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was funded by the National Cancer Institute as a postdoctoral fellow at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.