Dr. McQueen has served on several university committees including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council, Siteman Cancer Center’s PRMC Behavioral Science Subcommittee, and the Siteman Investment Program grant review panel. Dr. McQueen is currently the Director of the Applied Health Behavior Research master’s program at the School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Health Communication Research Lab at the Brown School of Social Work. 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.
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.