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.
Ms. Holman has led the production of four supplemental journal issues—
- In Pediatrics about cancer prevention during early life.
- In the Journal of Adolescent Health about cancer prevention during pre-adolescence and adolescence.
- In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about cancer prevention during early adulthood.
- In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine about cancer prevention during midlife.
She also is working on similar projects that focus on cancer prevention opportunities during other periods within the lifespan.
Ms. 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, Ms. Holman served as a lead writer for the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer and as a member of the coordination team for The Community Guide review of community-level interventions to prevent skin cancer.
Ms. 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, Ms. 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 Ms. Holman has first-authored include—
- 2018 Prevalence of sun protection use and sunburn, and association of demographic and behavioral characteristics with sunburn among U.S. adults.
- 2018 Trends in melanoma incidence among non-Hispanic whites in the United States, 2005 to 2014.
- 2017 Cancer prevention during early adulthood: highlights from a meeting of experts.
- 2017 The association between beliefs about vitamin D and skin cancer risk-related behaviors.
- 2016 Opportunities during early life for cancer prevention: highlights from a series of virtual meetings with experts.
- 2016 The association between adverse childhood experiences and risk for cancer in adulthood: a systematic review of the literature.
- 2015 Patterns of sunscreen use on the face and other exposed skin among U.S. adults.
- 2014 Cancer prevention and worksite health promotion: time to join forces.
- 2014 The association between demographic and behavioral characteristics and sunburn among U.S. adults—National Health Interview Survey, 2010.
- 2014 Opportunities for cancer prevention during midlife: highlights from a meeting of experts.
- 2014 Barriers to HPV vaccination among U.S. adolescents: a systematic review of the literature.
- 2013 Strategies to reduce indoor tanning: current research gaps and future opportunities for prevention.
- 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.
Ms. Holman is featured in the Protect your skin podcast.
Ms. Holman offers her perspective in the blog post, The Bright Side of Going Dark.