Yvonne Hunt

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Yvonne Hunt
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Yvonne Hunt is currently a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Tobacco Control Research Branch within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at NCI. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an emphasis in behavioral medicine. She also holds an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with an emphasis in epidemiology. Prior to entering the Cancer Prevention Fellowship, Dr. Hunt completed a clinical fellowship in Addictive Behaviors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she provided smoking cessation services to a wide range of adult populations. Dr. Hunt’s research interests lie broadly in the prevention and treatment of health risk behaviors, particularly tobacco use. Her research focuses on understanding the change processes associated with movement along the continuum of use, from initiation, to dependence, to cessation. She has worked on a number of longitudinal and intervention studies examining topics such as the etiology and progression of youth smoking, the impact of tobacco access laws on youth smoking behavior, and smoking cessation in chemically dependent adults. In addition to research on tobacco use, she has been involved in several projects investigating other health behaviors including physical activity, hazardous drinking, and treatment adherence for diabetes and asthma. Dr. Hunt’s duties as a Cancer Prevention Fellow include independent research, dissemination of research at national and international conferences, and continued education and training in cancer prevention and control. Her current research projects include a study examining antecedents and concomitants of relapse in long-term smokers, and an epidemiologic investigation of associations of indoor tanning with other health behaviors (i.e., tobacco use, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption).