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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 Population and Data Sciences. In the NCI-designated Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Tiro serves as Associate Director for Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity. 

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 the Contact Principal Investigator for the PROSPR II METRICS Cervical Research Center (1UM1CA221940) to understand and optimize delivery of the cervical cancer screening process.  With colleagues at University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute, Dr. Tiro is collaborating on a large, pragmatic randomized controlled intervention trial of a mailed HPV self-screening kit to increase screening rates (1R01CA240375-01).


Rice University (1997), Biochemistry
Graduate School
Emory University (1999), Behavioral Science
Graduate School
Univ of Tx Health Science Ctr (2005), Behavioral Science

Research Interest

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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Promoting regular mammography screening I. A systematic assessment of validity in a randomized trial.
del Junco DJ, Vernon SW, Coan SP, Tiro JA, Bastian LA, Savas LS, Perz CA, Lairson DR, Chan W, Warrick C, McQueen A, Rakowski W J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 2008 Mar 100 5 333-46
Reported drop in mammography : is this cause for concern?
Breen N, A Cronin K, Meissner HI, Taplin SH, Tangka FK, Tiro JA, McNeel TS Cancer 2007 Jun 109 12 2405-9
Test-retest reliability of self-reported mammography in women veterans.
Rivera S, Vernon SW, Tiro JA, Coan S, Del Junco D, Chan W, Coker A Prev Med 2006 Apr 42 4 320-6
Factorial validity and invariance of a survey measuring psychosocial correlates of colorectal cancer screening among African Americans and Caucasians.
Tiro JA, Vernon SW, Hyslop T, Myers RE Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2005 Dec 14 12 2855-61
Validation of scales measuring attitudes and norms related to mammography screening in women veterans.
Tiro JA, Diamond PM, Perz CA, Fernandez M, Rakowski W, DiClemente CC, Vernon SW Health Psychol 2005 Nov 24 6 555-66
Some methodologic lessons learned from cancer screening research.
Vernon SW, Briss PA, Tiro JA, Warnecke RB Cancer 2004 Sep 101 5 Suppl 1131-45
Additive impact of childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse on suicide attempts among low-income African American women.
Anderson PL, Tiro JA, Price AW, Bender MA, Kaslow NJ Suicide Life Threat Behav 2002 32 2 131-8

Honors & Awards

  • Bill Aston Award for Quality, given to Parkland Health & Hospital System and UT Southwestern for Adolescent HPV vaccination Research/Quality Improvement Partnership
  • Dean’s Capstone Recognition Award, Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments Program, UT Southwestern
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, Center for Translational Medicine, UT Southwestern
  • NCI Prevention Research Training Merit Award
  • American Association for Cancer Research-American Cancer Society Scholarship for Behavioral Scientists
  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence, National Institutes of Health

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)