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Amy McQueen, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine



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Amy McQueen, Ph.D. received her degree in Social Psychology from the University of Houston. She joined the faculty in the Division of Health Behavior Research in February 2008 after completing a National Cancer Institute-funded Cancer Prevention and Control post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health. She serves on several committees including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council and Siteman Cancer Center’s PRMC Behavioral Science Subcommittee. Dr. McQueen became Co-Director of the Health Communication Research Lab at the Brown School of Social Work in 2013 and Director of the Applied Health Behavior Research master’s program in 2016.

Dr. McQueen has applied social psychology and health behavior theory to the development, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions designed to increase individuals’ preventive behaviors such as cancer screening and smoking cessation. She has a particular interest in understanding the causal mechanisms underlying the inter-relations between health behaviors and cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental determinants. Her specific training and expertise in psychometrics and structural equation modeling supports her research interests in measurement development and evaluation, and examining complex mediating and moderating pathways of influence involving psychological factors, health behaviors, and health outcomes. Other interest areas include risk perceptions, health communication including narratives, patient-physician communication, qualitative research methods and analysis, and usability testing/user-centered design.

Dr. McQueen has a track record in team science as PI and Co-I on numerous grants across both campuses. She is lead faculty in the Health Communication workgroup in the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change in the School of Social Work, a unique University-Industry collaboration to improve health behaviors and health outcomes of diverse populations.