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Diana W. Stewart, Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Instructor, Department of Health Disparities Research, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

     Diana Stewart, Ph.D., is an Instructor and Faculty Fellow of the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment in the Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Stewart joined the Department of Health Disparities Research as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011, after obtaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University and completing her Clinical Internship in Behavioral Medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University. In 2013, she was competitively selected to receive a Mentored Junior Faculty Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research from the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment at MD Anderson, and in September, she was promoted to Instructor in the Department.

     Dr. Stewart's research focuses on cancer prevention and health promotion, particularly tobacco cessation in underserved populations (low socioeconomic status [SES], racial/ethnic minorities, mentally ill). Key themes of her work include: 1) SES and racial/ethnic disparities in tobacco use and cessation; 2) the relation between mental illness and tobacco use; and 3) the role of social support in tobacco cessation and other health behavior change. More recently, her work has focused on examining the association between health literacy and smoking cessation outcomes, and mechanisms of this relationship among low-SES, racially/ethnically diverse smokers. In October 2013, Dr. Stewart submitted career development award applications to the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. Her proposed project seeks to investigate potential mechanisms of the association between HL and smoking cessation in low-SES, racially/ethnically diverse smokers using a mixed-methods approach .   

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2011 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, PHD, Clinical Psychology, Minor in Behavioral Medicine
2008 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, MA, Clinical Psychology
2005 The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, BA, Psychology and English

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Faculty Fellow of the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, Department of Health Disparities Research, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2013-present

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Intern Representative, Diversity Committee, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2010-2011
Intern Representative, Admissions Committee, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2010-2011
Mentee, Brown University Diversity Mentorship Program, Providence, RI, 2010-2011
Graduate Student Representative, Clinical Training Committee, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 2007-2008

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Facilitator, Trainee Forum, The Cancer Prevention Research Training Programís Summer Research Experience in Cancer Prevention, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2013
Facilitator, Postdoctoral Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences Postdoc Appreciation Event, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2012

Consultantships

Consultant, Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities (SESRCD) Behavior and Social Science Volunteer Program, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2012-2013

Institutional Committee Activities

Co-Chair, Service Committee, Postdoctoral Association, 2012-2013
Reviewer, Trainee Review Committee, Award for the 2012 Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention, 2012

Honors and Awards

2014-present The Heart of Leadership Faculty Development Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2013-present Mentored Faculty Fellowship in Cancer Prevention, Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2013 Outstanding Trainee in Cancer Prevention for 2013, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2013 Recipient, Trainee of the Quarter, December 2012 - February 2013 Cycle, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2013 The American Psychological Association Travel Award, 2013 Advanced Training Institute for Research with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups
2012-present Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Award Recipient, National Institutes of Health
2012-2013 Recipient, Competitive R25-T Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research (CA57730; PI: Chang), National Cancer Institute
2012 FASEB/MARC Program Travel Award for the 2012 NIGMS Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Scientific Positions, National Institute of General Medical Sciences
2011-present Platinum-Level Trainee, Community Based Participatory Research Trainee, Latinos Contra el Cancer Community Networks Program Center, (U54CA153505; PIs: David Wetter, Maria E. Fernandez), National Cancer Institute, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2011 Meritorious Student Citation Award, Annual Meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine
2011 Student Poster Award Finalist, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section, Annual Meeting for the American Public Health Association
2010 Best Overall Poster Presentation, Research Day at Earl K. Long Medical Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
2009 Departmental Travel Award, Louisiana State University
2008 Best Poster Presentation, Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group, Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies
2008 Departmental Travel Award, Louisiana State University
2006-2010 Scholarship and Graduate Assistantship, Louisiana State University
2004-2005 Deanís Honor Roll, University of Kansas
2003 Area IV Three Day Eventing Team, North American Junior and Young Ridersí Equestrian Championship, Junior Olympics
2000 Deanís Honor Roll, University of Kansas
2000 Freshman Honor Scholar, University of Kansas

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Stewart DW, Cano MA, Correa-FernŠndez V, Spears CA, Li Y, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Vidrine JI. Lower health literacy predicts smoking relapse among racially/ethnically diverse smokers with low socioeconomic status. BMC Public Health 14(7). e-Pub 7/2014.
2. Adams CE, Chen M, Guo L, Lam CY, Stewart DW, Correa-FernŠndez V, Cano MA, Heppner WL, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Ahluwalia JS, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Mindfulness predicts lower affective volatility among African Americans during smoking cessation. Psychol Addict Behav 28(2):580-585, 6/2014. PMCID: PMC4096677.
3. Cano MA, Lam CY, Chen M, Adams CE, Correa-FernŠndez V, Stewart DW, McClure JB, Cinciripini PM, Wetter DW. Positive smoking outcome expectancies mediate the association between negative affect and smoking urge among women during a quit attempt. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. e-Pub 5/2014. PMID: 24796849.
4. Adams CE, McVay MA, Stewart DW, Vinci C, Kinsaul J, Benitez L, Copeland AL. Mindfulness ameliorates the relationship between weight concerns and smoking behavior in female smokers: A cross-sectional investigation. Mindfulness 5(2):179-185, 4/2014. PMCID: PMC3999963.
5. Brantley PJ, Stewart DW, Myers VH, Matthews-Ewald MR, Ard JD, Coughlin JW, Jerome GJ, Samuel-Hodge C, Lien LF, Gullion CM, Hollis JF, Svetkey LP, Stevens VJ. Psychosocial predictors of weight regain in the Weight Loss Maintenance Trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. e-Pub 4/2014. PMID: 24722826.
6. Stewart DW, Reitzel LR, Correa-FernŠndez V, Cano MA, Adams CE, Cao Y, Li Y, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Vidrine JI. Social support mediates the association of health literacy and depression among racially/ethnically diverse smokers with low socioeconomic status. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. e-Pub 4/2014.
7. Kendzor DE, Chen M, Reininger BM, Businelle MS, Stewart DW, Fisher-Hoch SP, Rentfro AR, Wetter DW, McCormick JB. The association of depression and anxiety with glycemic control among Mexican Americans with diabetes living near the U.S.-Mexico border. BMC Public Health 14(1):176, 2/2014. PMCID: PMC3929559.
8. Adams CE, Cano MA, Heppner WL, Stewart DW, Correa-Fernandez V, Vidrine JI, Wetter DW. Testing a moderated mediation model of mindfulness, psychosocial stress, and alcohol use among African American smokers. Mindfulness. e-Pub 11/2013.
9. Stewart DW, Adams CE, Cano MA, Correa-FernŠndez V, Li Y, Waters AJ, Wetter DW, Vidrine JI. Associations between health literacy and established predictors of smoking cessation. American Journal of Public Health 103(7):e43-9, 7/2013. PMCID: PMC3682601.
10. Vidrine JI, Stewart DW, Stuyck SC, Ward JA, Brown AK, Smith C, Wetter DW. Lifestyle and cancer prevention in women: Knowledge, perceptions, and compliance with recommended guidelines. Journal of Womens Health 22(6):487-93, 6/2013. PMCID: PMC3678579.
11. Reitzel LR, Li Y, Stewart DW, Cao Y, Wetter DW, Waters AJ, Vidrine JI. Race moderates the effect of menthol cigarette use on short-term smoking abstinence. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 15(5):883-9, 5/2013. PMCID: PMC3621585.
12. Stewart DW, Depue J, Rosen RK, Bereolos N, Goldstein MG, Tuitele J, Nu'usolia O, McGarvey ST. Medication-taking beliefs and diabetes in American Samoa: a qualitative inquiry. Translational Behavioral Medicine 3(1):30-38, 3/2013. PMCID: PMC3607390.
13. Stewart DW, Vinci C, Adams CE, Cohen AS, Copeland AL. Smoking topography and outcome expectancies among individuals with schizotypy. Psychiatry Research 205(3):205-12, 2/2013. PMCID: PMC3760683.
14. Adams CE, Apperson McVay M, Kinsaul J, Benitez L, Vinci C, Stewart DW, Copeland AL. Unique relationships between facets of mindfulness and eating pathology among female smokers. Eating Behaviors 13(4):390-3, 12/2012. PMCID: PMC3837528.
15. Stewart DW, Gabriele JM, Fisher EB. Directive support, nondirective support, and health behaviors in a community sample. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 35(5):492-9, 10/2012. PMID: 21877174.
16. Leeman RF, Kulesza M, Stewart DW, Copeland AL. Cluster analysis of undergraduate drinkers based on alcohol expectancy scores. Journal of the Study of Alcohol and Drugs 73(2):238-49, 3/2012. PMCID: PMC3281982.
17. Simon R, Rosen R, Bock B, Boudreaux E, Stewart DW, Clarke J. A sentinel event model for positive behavior change among incarcerated, substance using women. The American Journal of Forensic Psychology 30(4):5-28, 2012.
18. Stewart DW, Jones GN, Minor KS. Smoking, depression, and gender in low-income African Americans with HIV/AIDS. Behavioral Medicine 37(3):77-80, 7/2011. PMID: 21895424.
19. Cohen AS, Buckner JD, Najolia GM, Stewart DW. Cannabis and psychometrically-defined schizotypy: Use, problems and treatment considerations. Journal of Psychiatry Research 45(4):548-54, 4/2011. PMID: 20851410.
20. Minor KS, Jones GN, Stewart DW, Hill BD, Kulesza M. Comparing two measures of psychomotor performance in patients with HIV: the Coin Rotation Test and the Modified HIV Dementia Screen. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 55(2):225-7, 10/2010. PMID: 20431486.
21. Thomas JL, Scherber RM, Stewart DW, Lynam IM, Daley CM, Ahluwalia JS. Targeting African American nonsmokers to motivate smokers to quit: a qualitative inquiry. Health Education & Behavior 37(5):680-93, 10/2010. PMID: 20930132.
22. Stewart DW, Cohen AS, Copeland AL. Cigarette smoking across the schizotypy spectrum. Psychiatry Research 179(1):113-5, 8/2010. PMID: 20483483.
23. Copeland AL, Businelle MS, Stewart DW, Patterson SM, Rash CJ, Carney CE. Identifying barriers to entering smoking cessation treatment among socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers. Journal of Smoking Cessation 5:164-171, 2010.
24. Stewart DW, Thomas JL, Copeland AL. Perceptions of support provided to smokers. Journal of Smoking Cessation 5:95-101, 2010.
25. Thomas JL, Stewart DW, Lynam IM, Daley CM, Befort C, Scherber RM, Mercurio AE, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS. Support needs of overweight African American women for weight loss. American Journal of Health Behavior 33(4):339-52, Jul-Aug, 7/2009. PMID: 19182980.
26. Kendzor DE, Adams CE, Stewart DW, Baillie LE, Copeland AL. Cigarette smoking is associated with body shape concerns and bulimia symptoms among young adult females. Eating Behaviors 10(1):56-8, 1/2009. PMCID: PMC4078900.
27. Thomas JL, Bronars CA, Stewart DW, Okuyemi KS, Befort CA, Nazir N, Mayo MS, Jeffries SK, Ahluwalia JS. Psychometric properties of a Brief Smoking Consequences Questionnaire for Adults (SCQ-A) among African American light smokers. Substance Abuse 30(1):14-25, Jan-Mar, 1/2009. PMCID: PMC2670092.
28. Thomas JL, Stewart DW, Daley CM, Befort CA, James AS, Snow PM, Scherber RM, Ahluwalia JS. Knowledge and beliefs about smoking among low-income African Americans with type 2 diabetes: A qualitative inquiry. Kansas Journal of Medicine 2:20-32, 2009.
29. Rees AC, Reehlmann DO, Stewart D, Jones G. Banning smoking on a substance abuse treatment unit: does it deter patients? Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society 160(6):343-7, Nov-Dec, 11/2008. PMID: 19283983.
30. Kendzor DE, Baillie LE, Adams CE, Stewart DW, Copeland AL.. The effect of food deprivation on cigarette smoking in females. Addictive Behaviors 33(10):1353-1359, 6/2008. PMCID: PMC2657872.

Abstracts

1. Adams CE, Stewart DW, Houchins, Chen M, Heppner WL, Correa-Fernandez V, Cano MA, Vidrine JI, Wetter DW. Facets of mindfulness predict smoking cessation in Latino smokers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 17(Suppl):s238, 4/2014.
2. Stewart DW, Correa-Fernandez V, Cano MA, Adams CE, Cao Y, Reitzel LR, Li Y, Waters A, Wetter DW, Vidrine JI. Social support mediates the relation between health literacy and depression. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 45(Suppl):S211, 3/2013.
3. Adams CE, Cano MA, Heppner WL, Stewart DW, Correa-Fernandez V, Vidrine JI, Li Y, Cinciripini PM, Ahluwalia JS, Wetter DW. Testing a moderated mediation model of mindfulness, psychosocial stress, and alcohol use among African American smokers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 45(Suppl):S147, 3/2013.
4. Jones GN, Musso MW, Proto DA, Barker AA, Jenkins WS, Proctor, SL, Corwin CJ, Schexnaildre MA, Minor KS, Stewart DW. Literacy of HIV+ patients at a public clinic: Reading material may be hazardous. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 43(Suppl):S184, 4/2012.
5. Jones GN, Musso MW, Proto DA, Corwin CJ, Barker AA, Proctor S, Adams LM, Jenkins WS, Minor KS, Stewart DW. Toward a broader assessment of literacy. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 43(Suppl):S184, 4/2012.
6. Stewart DW, DePue J, Rosen R, Bereolos N, Goldstein M, Tuitele J, McGarvey S. Medication taking beliefs among American Samoan adults with type 2 diabetes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 41(Suppl):S244, 4/2011.
7. Minor KS, Jones GN, Stewart DW, Hill BD, Kulesza M. Comparing two measures of psychomotor performance in patients with HIV: the Coin Rotation Test and the Modified HIV Dementia Screen. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 37(Suppl):S060, 4/2009.
8. Brantley PJ, Ard J, Coughlin J, Gullion C, Jerome G, Myers V, Samuel-Hodge C, Stewart DW. Psychosocial predictors of weight loss maintenance: Results from the Weight Loss Maintenance Trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 37(Suppl):S122, 4/2009.
9. Thomas JL, Pulvers K, Stewart DW, Mayo M, Nazir N, Ahluwalia JS. Smoking-related weight expectancies among African American light smokers participating in a smoking cessation trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 31(Suppl):S090, 3/2006.

Book Chapters

1. Adams CE, Heppner WL, Houchins S, Stewart DW, Vidrine JI, Wetter DW. Mindfulness meditation and addictive behaviors. In: Psychology of Meditation. Ed(s) NN Singh. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY, Chapter 14; 311-343, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-62948-637-6.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Smoking cessation for cervical cancer survivors in a safety net healthcare system
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Duration: 5/12/2014 - 4/30/2019
 
Title: Reducing tobacco-related cancer disparities in the underserved
Funding Source: Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2015
 
Title: Smoking and health disparities in the underserved
Funding Source: NIH
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 7/2012 - 7/2014
 
Title: Health literacy, depression, and smoking cessation outcomes among ethnically and racially diverse low-SES smokers
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Recipient of Fellowship
Duration: 1/1/2012 - 8/31/2013

Last updated: 7/14/2014