Area(s) of expertise: Cancer Health Disparities in Minorities
Summary of expertise:
David Wetter, Ph.D., M.S., professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, is an expert resource available to discuss healthcare in underserved African-American, Hispanic and female populations, including increased disease burden and decreased access to care and prevention services. He can discuss his research, which focuses on cancer prevention behaviors and clinical trials evaluating new treatment approaches targeted at these vulnerable populations.
Dr. Wetter joined MD Anderson in 1995 and was appointed as the first Cullen Trust for Health Care Chair in the Department of Health Disparities Research in 2005. His research is targeted at eliminating disparities in health-related behavior through T2 translational research. Specific research foci include: theoretical models of addictive and health risk behavior; the epidemiology and public health impact of those behaviors; and the development and evaluation of theoretically-based interventions. His intervention work focuses on high-risk and underserved populations, including the development and evaluation of palmtop computer-delivered treatments, telephone-based counseling, motivational approaches, and mindfulness-based treatments.
Dr. Wetter received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master's in Epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madinson, in 1993. Prior, he earned a Master's in Sport Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1988, and a Bachelor's in Economics from Whitman Colleage in 1982.
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