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Dr. Amy Hughes joined the faculty of UT Southwestern in December of 2018 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Population and Data Sciences. Prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern, Dr. Hughes was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the NCI-funded R25 Cancer Education and Career Development Program at UTHealth.

Dr. Amy Hughes' research background includes training in geospatial information sciences, econometrics, spatial statistics, and cancer prevention and control. Her research interests lie in applications of spatial statistics and econometrics to understand geographic differences in health behaviors, outcomes, and policies. Her past research has focused on using large surveillance, administrative, and electronic medical record databases to investigate how patient, physician, health system, environmental, and neighborhood factors influence health behaviors and outcomes.

Research Interest

  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Food Security & Medical Outcomes
  • Improving and Studying Healthcare Disparities


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Screening initiation with FIT or colonoscopy: Post-hoc analysis of a pragmatic, randomized trial.
Murphy CC, Ahn C, Pruitt SL, Hughes AE, Halm EA, Gupta S, Santini NO, McCallister K, Sanders JM, Singal AG, Skinner CS Prev Med 2019 Jan 118 332-335
Overlapping geographic clusters of food security and health: Where do social determinants and health outcomes converge in the U.S?
Leonard T, Hughes AE, Donegan C, Santillan A, Pruitt SL SSM Popul Health 2018 Aug 5 160-170
Estimating the Health and Economic Impacts of Changes in Local Air Quality.
Carvour ML, Hughes AE, Fann N, Haley RW Am J Public Health 2018 Apr 108 S2 S151-S157
Understanding how low-socioeconomic status households cope with health shocks: An analysis of multi-sector linked data.
Leonard T, Hughes AE, Pruitt SL Ann Am Acad Pol Soc Sci 2017 Jan 669 1 125-145

Honors & Awards

  • Center for Translational Medicine Research Scholar
  • Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholar

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Preventive Oncology (2018-2023)
  • Association of American Geographers (2014-2023)
  • Southern Regional Science Association (2013-2023)