Dr. Pruitt joined the faculty of UT Southwestern in March of 2012 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences Division of Outcomes and Health Services Research.  She is a member of the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center. Prior to moving to Dallas, Dr. Pruitt completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Washington University Medical School in the Division of Health Behavior Research.

Dr. Pruitt’s primary research interests lie at the interface of behavioral science, epidemiology, and health disparities research. Her research focuses on examining geographic, socioeconomic, and racial disparities in cancer and methodologic research designed to support the growing field of multilevel cancer prevention, with a focus on colorectal cancer.


Evergreen State College (1998), Liberal Arts
Graduate School
University of Texas Health Sci (2003), Public Health
Graduate School
University of Texas Health Sci (2008), Public Health

Research Interest

  • Administrative data research
  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Health disparities
  • Multilevel modeling, geographic information systems
  • Neighborhoods, geography, and health


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Multiple Comorbidities and Interest in Research Participation Among Clients of a Nonprofit Food Distribution Site.
Higashi RT, Craddock Lee SJ, Leonard T, Cuate EL, Cole J, Pruitt SL Clin Transl Sci 2015 Aug
Geographic Access to Mammography and Its Relationship to Breast Cancer Screening and Stage at Diagnosis: A Systematic Review.
Khan-Gates JA, Ersek JL, Eberth JM, Adams SA, Pruitt SL Womens Health Issues 2015 Jul
Impact of prior cancer on eligibility for lung cancer clinical trials.
Gerber DE, Laccetti AL, Xuan L, Halm EA, Pruitt SL J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 2014 Nov 106 11
Multilevel correlates for human papillomavirus vaccination of adolescent girls attending safety net clinics.
Tiro JA, Pruitt SL, Bruce CM, Persaud D, Lau M, Vernon SW, Morrow J, Skinner CS Vaccine 2012 Mar 30 13 2368-75
Geographic disparity, area poverty, and human papillomavirus vaccination.
Pruitt SL, Schootman M Am J Prev Med 2010 May 38 5 525-33
Association of area socioeconomic status and breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening: a systematic review.
Pruitt SL, Shim MJ, Mullen PD, Vernon SW, Amick BC Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Oct 18 10 2579-99

Honors & Awards

  • CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research award for First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology New Investigator Workshop
  • NIH/National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program