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Kia L. Davis, ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Graduate School

ScD, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA. 2015.
MPH, St. Louis University School of Public Health, St. Louis, MO. 2007.

Post Doctoral Education

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cancer Health Disparities Training Program (T32), University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, NC. 2015-2017.

Research Interests

Dr. Davis is an applied social epidemiologist. Broadly, she is interested in reducing cancer health disparities by informing organizational and policy change. Her research program will focus on the relationships between socioeconomic status, stress, and cancer risk factors in underserved communities with an eye towards: 
  • Understanding stress as a potential mediating pathway in the relationship between socioeconomic status and cancer risk factors;
  • Improving measurement of socioenvironmental stressors in diverse populations and using methods that allow for a more comprehensive measurement of stressors that one may encounter; and
  • Developing scalable interventions to reduce the burden of cancer risk in communities of color

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Ave.
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis MO 63110
(314) 747-8069

Selected Publications

Dr. Davis on PubMed.

DL McLellan, AJ Cabán-Martinez, CC Nelson, NP Pronk, JN Katz, ... Organizational characteristics influence implementation of worksite health protection and promotion programs: evidence from smaller businesses. 2015. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine/American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; 57(9): 1009.

CC Nelson, JD Allen, D McLellan, N Pronk, KL Davis. Integrating health promotion and occupational safety and health in manufacturing worksites: Perspectives of leaders in small-to-medium sized businesses. 2015. Work 52(1): 169-176.

TO Erinosho, AY Oh, RP Moser, LC Nebeling, KL Davis, AL Yaroch. Association between perceived food environment and self-efficacy for fruit and vegetable consumption among US adults, 2007. 2012. Preventing chronic disease 9.

LJF Rutten, K Davis, L Squiers, E Augustson, K Blake. Physician Awareness and Referral to National Smoking Cessation Quitlines and Web-Based Resources. 2011. Journal of Cancer Education 26 (1), 79-81.

G Tortolero-Luna, LJ Finney Rutten, BW Hesse, T Davis, J Kornfeld, ... Health and cancer information seeking practices and preferences in Puerto Rico: creating an evidence base for cancer communication efforts. 2010. Journal of health communication 15 (sup3), 30-45.

LF Rutten, K Davis, L Squiers, KD Blake. Low Awareness of and Referral to National Cancer Information Resources Among Physicians. 2010. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 102 (15), 1206-1207.

LJF Rutten, EM Augustson, L Squiers, K Davis. PS2-03: Primary Care Physician Awareness and Referral to Smoking Cessation Resources. 2010. Clinical Medicine & Research 8 (1), 31-31.

A Kaufman, E Augustson, K Davis, LJ Finney Rutten. Awareness and use of tobacco quitlines: Evidence from the Health Information National Trends Survey. 2010. Journal of health communication 15 (sup3), 264-278.

BW Hesse, LE Johnson, KL Davis. Extending the reach, effectiveness, and efficiency of communication: Evidence from the centers of excellence in cancer communication research. 2010. Patient education and counseling 81 (Suppl), S1.

KI Alcaraz, MW Kreuter, KL Davis, VL Rogers, TW Samways, RP Bryan. On linkages: increasing awareness of and interest in public health and cancer control careers among minority middle school students. 2008. Public Health Reports 123 (4), 533-539.

KL Davis, ML O'Toole, CA Brownson, P Llanos, EB Fisher. Teaching How, Not What: The Contributions of Community Health Workers to Diabetes Self-Management. 2007. The Diabetes Educator 33 (Supplement 6), 208S-215S.