- Associate Professor
Epidemiology & Population Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX US
- Leader, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program
Dan L Duncan Cancer Center
- One Baylor Plaza (Office)
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 798-1588
- Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center
- Houston, Texas United States
- PhD from University of Houston
- Houston, Texas United States
- Social Psychology, Health and Personal Relationships
Professional StatementAs a health psychologist, my research mission is to develop and evaluate interventions to help patients and their family members cope with the symptoms and psychological demands of cancer and its treatment. Toward that end, my research: 1) engages patients, caregivers, and health care and community stakeholders to identify care gaps; 2) assesses factors that influence cancer care implementation and outcomes; and, 3) develops interventions to address disparate outcomes of care. My work spans the entire cancer prevention and control continuum and includes studies of couples coping with pre-neoplastic conditions, patients receiving curative cancer treatment and their informal caregivers, families coping with advanced cancers, and post-treatment cancer survivors. I am nationally and internationally recognized for my work to refine the methods and models used to understand how patients and caregivers navigate and cope with the cancer experience. I am also a recipient of several major grant awards from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, and U.S. Department of Defense.
My research interests include:
• Understanding how individual, social, economic, and health system factors affect patient and caregiver access to and experiences with cancer care; and in turn, how this affects patient and caregiver health outcomes.
• Developing and evaluating behavioral interventions that empower patients and caregivers to play a more active role in health care with the goal of improving their health and well-being.
• Developing and evaluating interventions that seek to enhance the quality of cancer care, patient and caregiver experiences, and outcomes at the individual, provider, and health system levels.
• Working collaboratively with patients, caregivers, and healthcare and community stakeholders to develop and implement innovative solutions to reduce cancer burden.
- Badr H, Zhang X, Oluyomi A, Woodard LD, Adepoju, OE, Raza SA, Amos CI "Overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Insights from an online population-based survey in the United States." Vaccines. 2021;9(10):1000. Pubmed PMID: 34696208
- Zhang X, Anandasabapathy S, Abrams J, Othman M, Badr H "Lifestyle risk factors, quality of life, and intervention preferences of Barrett’s Esophagus patients: A prospective cohort study." Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 2021;10:1-12. Pubmed PMID: 33767920
- Bakhshaie J, Bonnen M, Asper J, Sandulache V, Badr H "Emotional disclosure and cognitive processing in couples coping with head and neck cancer." Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2020;43(3):411-425. Pubmed PMID: 31414332
- Badr H, Sobrero M, Chen J, Kotz T, Genden E, Sikora AG, Miles B "Associations between pre-, post-, and peri-operative variables and health resource use following surgery for head and neck cancer." Oral Oncology. 2019;90:102-108. Pubmed PMID: 30846167
- Badr H, Bakhshaie J, Chhabria K "Dyadic interventions for cancer survivors and caregivers: state of the science and new directions." Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2019;35(4):337-341. Pubmed PMID: 31248677
- Badr H, Herbert K, Bonnen MD, Asper JA, Wagner "Dyadic coping in patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer and their spouse caregivers." Frontiers in Psychology. 2018 Pubmed PMID: 30374316
- Badr H, Lipnick D, Miles B, Gupta V. "Survivorship challenges and information needs after radiotherapy for oral cancer." Journal of Cancer Education. 2017;32(4):799-807. Pubmed PMID: 27193414
- Badr H "New frontiers in couple-based interventions in cancer care: refining the prescription for spousal communication." Acta Oncologica. 2017;56(2):139-145. Pubmed PMID: 27937437
- Badr, H, and Acitelli, LK "Re-thinking Models of Dyadic Coping in the Context of Chronic Illness." Current Opinion in Psychology. 2017;13:44-48.
- Badr H, Milbury, K, Majeed N, Carmack CL, Ahmad Z, Gritz E. "Natural language use and couples’ adjustment to head and neck cancer." Health Psychology. 2016 Oct;35(10):1069-1080. Pubmed PMID: 27441867
- Badr H, Lipnick D, Miles B, Gupta V "Survivorship challenges and information needs after radiotherapy for oral cancer." Journal of Cancer Education. 2016;epub Pubmed PMID: 27193414
- Badr H, Herbert K, Reckson B, Rainey H, Sallam A, Gupta V "Unmet needs and relationship challenges of head and neck cancer patients and their spouses." J Psychosocial Oncology. 2016;34(4):339-346. Pubmed PMID: 27269579
- Badr H, Federman, AD, Wolf, M, Revenson, TA, Wisnivesky, JP "Depression in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and their informal caregivers." Aging and Mental Health. 2016;epub Pubmed PMID: 27212642
- OPTIMISE: Improving Comprehensive Care of Cancer Patients with Comorbidities - #R01 CA2249474 Grant funding from National Cancer Institute
- Determinants of Disparities in Post-Surgical Outcomes in GI Cancer - #RSG 21-047-01-CPPB Grant funding from American Cancer Society
- Adaptation and Evaluation of SHARE: A Palliative Care Intervention for Head and Neck Cancer Patients and their Caregivers - #R21 NR019116 Grant funding from National Institute of Nursing Research
- Engaging Houston’s Underserved Communities to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Improve Uptake - #RF 50087-2021-0309-S9 Grant funding from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Part of TX Community Engagement Alliance
- Improving Coordination and Delivery of Financial Navigation Services at the DLDCCC - #P30 CA125123-14S7 ( Grant funding from National Cancer Institute
- Quality of Life/Outcomes Research
- Quantitative Methods: Dyadic Data Analysis
- Qualitative and Mixed Methods
- Stakeholder Engagement and Community Engaged Research
- Implementation Science
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