CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) conducts and supports studies, often in collaboration with partners, to develop and apply sound science to reduce the burden of cancer and eliminate health disparities. This research uses many different areas of expertise (behavioral science, economics, epidemiology, health services, medicine, and statistics) to address the public health research needs of DCPC programs, health care providers, people affected by cancer, and the larger comprehensive cancer control community.
Featured Scientist: Dawn M. Holman, MPH
Dawn M. Holman, MPH, is a behavioral scientist in CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control's Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. Much of her work focuses on identifying opportunities at the population level to reduce the incidence of cancer in the United States.
Mrs. Holman is leading the production of a supplemental issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health on identifying opportunities for cancer prevention during pre-adolescence and adolescence. She also is working on similar projects that focus on cancer prevention opportunities during other periods within the lifespan.
Mrs. Holman has a strong interest in skin cancer prevention and has taken a leadership role in many of the Division's skin cancer prevention efforts, including examining national surveillance data to describe trends and correlates of sun-protective behaviors, indoor tanning, and sunburns among U.S. adolescents and adults. In addition, Mrs. Holman is a member of the coordination team for The Community Guide review of community-level interventions to prevent skin cancer.
Mrs. Holman completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science and earned her master of public health from Emory University. Before coming to CDC, Mrs. Holman worked at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as the project coordinator of the Pool Cool program, a research-based, sun-safety education program designed for use at outdoor swimming pools.
Recent articles Mrs. Holman has first-authored include—
- 2013 Strategies to reduce indoor tanning: current research gaps and future opportunities for prevention. [PDF-315KB]
- 2013 Highlights from a workshop on opportunities for cancer prevention during preadolescence and adolescence.
- 2013 Correlates of intentional tanning among adolescents in the United States: a systematic review of the literature.
- 2012 Sunburn and sun protective behaviors among adults aged 18–29 years—United States, 2000–2010.
- 2011 Examination of the increase in thyroid cancer incidence among younger women in the United States by age, race, geography, and tumor size, 1999–2007.
- 2011 Dietary behaviors related to cancer prevention among pre-adolescents and adolescents: the gap between recommendations and reality.
Mrs. Holman is featured in the following podcasts—
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