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Mary K. Tripp, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Instructor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Mary Tripp, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Instructor in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Tripp conducts research on skin cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. Her interests include: 1) applying theory to develop and evaluate interventions; 2) developing and evaluating measures; and 3) qualitative research.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2009 The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, PHD, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
1995 The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, MPH, Health Promotion and Health Education
1992 Rice University, Houston, TX, BA, Anthropology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Tripp MK, Diamond PM, Vernon SW, Swank PR, Dolan Mullen P, Gritz ER. Measures of parents' self-efficacy and perceived barriers to children's sun protection: construct validity and reliability in melanoma survivors. Health Education Research 28(5):828-842, 10/2013. e-Pub 11/2012. PMCID: PMC3858122.
2. Gritz ER, Tripp MK, Peterson SK, Prokhorov AV, Shete SS, Urbauer DL, Fellman BM, Lee JE, Gershenwald JE. Randomized controlled trial of a sun protection intervention for children of melanoma survivors. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 22(10):1813-1824, 10/2013. PMCID: PMC3929920.
3. Tripp MK, Vernon SW, Gritz ER, Diamond PM, Mullen PD. Children's skin cancer prevention: a systematic review of parents' psychosocial measures. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 44(3):265-273, 3/2013. PMID: 23415124.
4. Gritz ER, Tripp MK, James AS, Harrist RB, Mueller NH, Chamberlain RM, Parcel GS. Effects of a preschool staff intervention on children's sun protection: outcomes of Sun Protection is Fun! Health Education & Behavior 34(4):562-77, 8/2007. PMID: 16740505.
5. Gritz ER, Tripp MK, James AS, Carvajal SC, Harrist RB, Mueller NH, Chamberlain RM, Parcel GS. An intervention for parents to promote preschool children's sun protection: effects of Sun Protection is Fun! Preventive Medicine 41(2):357-66, 8/2005. PMID: 15917033.
6. Tripp MK, Carvajal SC, McCormick LK, Mueller NH, Hu SH, Parcel GS, Gritz ER. Validity and reliability of the parental sun protection scales. Health Education Research 18(1):58-73, 2/2003. PMID: 12608684.
7. Gritz ER, Tripp MK, de Moor CA, Eicher SA, Mueller NH, Spedale JH. Skin cancer prevention counseling and clinical practices of pediatricians. Pediatric Dermatology 20(1):16-24, 1/2003. PMID: 12558840.
8. James AS, Tripp MK, Parcel GS, Sweeney A, Gritz ER. Psychosocial correlates of sun-protective practices of preschool staff toward their students. Health Education Research 17(3):305-14, 6/2002. PMID: 12120846.
9. Tripp MK, Herrmann NB, Parcel GS, Chamberlain RM, Gritz ER. Sun Protection is Fun! a skin cancer prevention program for preschools. Journal of School Health 70(10):395-401, 12/2000. PMID: 11195949.
10. Basen-Engquist K, Hudmon KS, Tripp M, Chamberlain R. Worksite health and safety climate: scale development and effects of a health promotion intervention. Preventive Medicine 27(1):111-9, 1/1998. PMID: 9465361.
11. Cummings SR, Tripp MK, Herrmann NB. Approaches to the prevention and control of skin cancer. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews 16(3-4):309-27, 9/1997. PMID: 9433642.


1. Tripp MK, Christie IC, Peterson SK, Prokhorov AV, Shete SS, Urbauer DL, Lee JE, Gershenwald JE, Gritz ER. Melanoma survivors' self-efficacy, outcome expectations and intentions mediate a sun protection intervention’s effects on children's wide-brimmed hat behavior. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 45(2 (Suppl)):s103, 3/2013.
2. Tripp MK, Carvajal SC, Parcel GS, Mueller NH, Chamberlain RM, Gritz ER. Determinants of parents’ sunscreen use on their children. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 27(Suppl):S136, 2004.


1. Dissertation. Tripp MK. Psychosocial measures reported by parents in studies of skin cancer prevention. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. 2009;70(3-B). ProQuest Publication No. AAT 3350088..

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver. Implement Innovative Evidence-Based Strategies to Increase Appropriate Use of Technology and Testing for Target Populations: Skin Cancer Screening
Funding Source: Medicaid Waiver
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 10/21/2014 - 9/30/2016
Title: Melanoma Moon Shot Prevention Flagship Project: UVR Protection in Youth
Funding Source: Philanthropic contributions from Lyda Hill and others to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Moon Shots Program
Role: Co-Program Leader
Duration: 6/1/2013 - present

Last updated: 8/5/2015