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Dr. Jasmin Tiro received her PhD in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) and completed post-doctoral training with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. In April 2008, Dr. Tiro joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and holds an adjoint appointment in the University of Texas-School of Public Health for the Dallas Regional Campus.  Currently, Dr. Tiro is an Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral and Communication Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences. In the NCI-designated Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Tiro serves as is co-leader of Population Science and Cancer Control Program with Dr. Ethan Halm (http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/simmons/research/scientific-programs/population-science/index.html). 

Dr. Tiro's program focuses on multi-level intervention research directed at cancer prevention and early detection behaviors specifically among underserved populations seen by urban safety-net healthcare systems. She uses health behavior theories and health services conceptual models to identify novel patient-, provider-, and system-level intervention targets. Dr. Tiro’s work leverages quantitative and qualitative (mixed) research methods to design and evaluate behavioral interventions. She is committed toward disseminating behavioral interventions aimed at ending cancer disparities. 

In terms of grant funding, Dr. Tiro is MPI on an NCI award (R01 CA178414) using mixed methods  to develop a tablet-based self persuasion intervention addressing parental indecision and promoting adolescent HPV vaccination. Along with Drs. Celette Sugg Skinner and Ethan Halm, Dr. Tiro leads the Parkland-UT Southwestern PROSPR Center (U54 CA163308-S1) to understand and optimize delivery of cervical and colorectal cancer screening processes.  With colleagues at University of Washington and Group Health Research Institute, Dr. Tiro is collaborating on a large, pragmatic randomized controled intervention trial of a mailed HPV self-screening kit to increase screening rates among overdue women (R01 CA168598-A1).

Education

Undergraduate
Rice University (1997), Biochemistry
Graduate School
Emory University (1999), Behavioral Science
Graduate School
Univ of Texas Health Science C (2005), Behavioral Science

Research Interest

  • Cancer Health Disparities
  • Cancer Screening
  • HPV vaccine
  • Mixed Methods Research

Publications

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Validity of Single-Item Screening for Limited Health Literacy in English and Spanish Speakers.
Bishop WP, Craddock Lee SJ, Skinner CS, Jones TM, McCallister K, Tiro JA Am J Public Health 2016 Mar e1-e4
The Desires of Their Hearts: The Multidisciplinary Perspectives of African Americans on End-of-Life Care in the African American Community.
Rhodes RL, Elwood B, Lee SC, Tiro JA, Halm EA, Skinner CS Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2016 Feb

Honors & Awards

  • Dean’s Capstone Recognition Award, Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments Program, UT Southwestern
    (2014)
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Center for Translational Medicine, UT Southwestern
    (2014)
  • NCI Prevention Research Training Merit Award
    (2007)
  • American Association for Cancer Research-American Cancer Society Scholarship for Behavioral Scientists
    (2006)
  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence, National Institutes of Health
    (2006)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • International Papillomavirus Society (2015)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (2008)
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology (2005)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (2005)
  • American Public Health Association (1997)