Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD
Dr. Hughes-Halbert joined MUSC as Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and was awarded the AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity in January 2012. The HCC appointed her leader of the Cancer Control Program in June 2012.
Prior to being recruited to MUSC, she was Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years and Director of the Community and Diversity Initiative and Staff Investigator at the Abramson Cancer Center; Associate Director for Community Engagement in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program; Director for Community Engagement in the Research Center on Minority Aging Research at the University of Pennsylvania; and Director of Community-Based Participatory Research for the Penn CTSA. She also directed the West Philadelphia Consortium to Address Disparities, an academic-community partnership that was established with funding from NIMHD and NCI; in this capacity she led many successful collaborative, inter-institutional efforts to develop, evaluate, and disseminate interventions to address determinants of minority health and health disparities.
In recognition of her leadership and many accomplishments, she was elected to the Minorities in Cancer Research Council in the American Association for Cancer Research, served as Chair of the Cancer Forum in the American Public Health Association from 2011-2012, and served on the External Steering Committee for the Cancer Genome Atlas Program at the NCI and NHGRI. Since arriving at MUSC, Dr. Hughes-Halbert has been appointed to the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors.