Monica Webb Hooper, PhD

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Office of Cancer Disparities Research
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Principal Investigator
and Oncology Laboratory
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cancer Prevention
Control & Population Research Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Webb Hooper is Associate Director for Cancer Disparities Research and Director of the Office of Cancer Disparities Research in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. She is also Professor of Oncology, Family Medicine & Community Health and Psychological Sciences.

Dr. Webb Hooper has received international recognition for her contributions to nicotine and tobacco research, and is a leader in the field of cancer health disparities. Her research goal is to make a significant public health impact by reducing the prevalence of cancer and cancer health disparities in high-risk populations. Her long-term goal is to help eliminate disparities in chronic diseases.

In addition, Dr. Webb Hooper serves on committees for the NIH, several peer-reviewed journal editorial boards, is an Associate Editor of the Ethnicity & Disease Journal, and is Co-Chair of the Health Disparities Network of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Her personal interests include cultural events, dining out, working out, movies, comedy shows/theater/concerts, traveling, and spending time with her husband Otis, three children, friends and her extended family.

Research Information

Research Interests

Dr. Webb Hooper is a licensed clinical health psychologist whose research interests are in chronic illness prevention and cancer risk behaviors, with an emphasis on minority health and racial/ethnic disparities. Much of her research focuses on tobacco use and weight management interventions, the development of culturally specific approaches, and understanding relationships between behavior change and race/ethnicity, cultural variables, modifiable risk factors, and the biological stress response.

View the Tobacco, Obesity, and Oncology Laboratory (TOOL) website

Recent Funding

Dr. Webb Hooper’s research has been funded with over $9 million dollars by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Cancer Society (ACS), CVS Health Foundation, and the Florida Department of Health James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program.


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In the News

Vaping - A Growing Addiction and Public Health Issue: learning collaborative panel discussion (Better Health Partnership - June 21, 2019)

Some Progress But Much More To Be Done To Address Racial Disparities In Cancer (ideastream - March 1, 2019)

Connection Between Racial Bias & Stress: Part 1Part 2 (ideastream - Dec 21-22, 2016)

Many minorities suffer from high levels of chronic stress which over time exacts an emotional and physical toll (ideastream - Nov 21, 2016)

Cancer Moonshot (ideastream - Jul 1, 2016)

National Cancer Moonshot Summit Moves Program to Liftoff Stage (ideastream - Jun 28, 2016)