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Heather M. Brandt, PhD
Heather M. Brandt, PhD

Heather M. Brandt, PhD

Member, St. Jude Faculty

  • Director, HPV Cancer Prevention Program
  • Co-associate Director for Outreach, St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center



PhD - University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, South Carolina
Certificate of Graduate Study (Women’s Studies) - University of South Carolina, Women’s Studies Program, Columbia, South Carolina
MS (Public Health) - University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, South Carolina
Certificate of Graduate Study (Gerontology) - University of South Carolina, College of Social Work, Columbia, South Carolina
BS with Honors (Health Promotion) - University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts, Iowa City, Iowa

Honors & Awards

  • 2017  J. Marion Sims Award for contributions to public health (South Carolina Public Health Association)
  • 2016  Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal (Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina)
  • 2016  Judith R. Miller Award, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association
  • 2015  James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award (Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina)

Research Interests

  • Dissemination and implementation science research
  • Cancer prevention and control: human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and cervical cancer screening
  • Partnered- and engaged-approaches to research (community-engaged research)
  • Cancer-related health disparities among underserved populations
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Selected Publications

Brandt HM, Vanderpool RC, Pilar M, Zubizarreta M, Stradtman LR. A narrative review of HPV vaccination interventions in rural U.S. communities. Prev Med Jan 1;145:106407, 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106407. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33388323.

Hung P, Zahnd WE, Brandt HM, Adams SA, Wang S, Eberth JM. Cervical cancer treatment initiation and survival: The role of residential proximity to cancer care. Gynecol Oncol Jan;160(1):219-226, 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.10.006. Epub 2020 Oct 17. PMID: 33081985.

Ranganathan R, Zahnd WE, Harrison SE, Brandt HM, Adams SA, Eberth JM. Spatial Access to Vaccines for Children Providers in South Carolina: Implications for HPV Vaccination. Prev Chronic Dis Dec 24;17:E163, 2020. doi: 10.5888/pcd17.200300. PMID: 33357307; PMCID: PMC7784554.

Brandt HM, Sundstrom B, Monroe CM, Turner-McGrievy G, Larsen C, Stansbury M, Magradey K, Gibson A, West DS. Evaluating a Technology-Mediated HPV Vaccination Awareness Intervention: A Controlled, Quasi-Experimental, Mixed Methods Study. Vaccines (Basel) Dec 10;8(4):749, 2020. doi: 10.3390/vaccines8040749. PMID: 33321975; PMCID: PMC7768473.

Walker TJ,Brandt HM, Wandersman A, Scaccia J, Lamont A, Workman L, Dias E, Diamond PM, Craig DW, Fernandez ME. Development of a comprehensive measure of organizational readiness (motivation × capacity) for implementation: a study protocol. Implement Sci Commun Nov 11;1(1):103, 2020. doi: 10.1186/s43058-020-00088-4. PMID: 33292840; PMCID: PMC7656510.

Pennella RA, Ayers KA,Brandt HM. Understanding How Adolescents Think about the HPV Vaccine. Vaccines (Basel) Nov 18;8(4):693, 2020. doi: 10.3390/vaccines8040693. PMID: 33218156; PMCID: PMC7711578.

Yelton B, Brandt HM, Adams SA, Ureda JR, Lead JR, Fedrick D, Lewis K, Kulkarni S, Friedman DB. Talk About Cancer and Build Healthy Communities: How visuals are starting the conversation about breast cancer within African-American communities. International Journal of Community Health Education Jul 13;272684X20942076, 2020. doi: 10.1177/0272684X20942076

Zahnd WE, Harrison SE, Stephens HC, Messersmith AR, Brandt HM, Hastings TJ, Eberth JM. Expanding access to HPV vaccination in South Carolina through community pharmacies: A geospatial analysis. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) Jun21:S1544-3191(20)30239-9, 2020. Doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2020.05.005

Turner-McGrievy GM, Karami A, Monroe C, Brandt HM. Dietary pattern recognition on Twitter: A case example of before, during, and after four natural disasters. Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer; International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards August;103(1):1035-1049, 2020.

Yelton B, Lead JR, Adams AS, Brandt HM, Kulkarni S, Lewis K, Fedrick D, Ureda JR, Friedman DB. How do African American community members’ perceptions about environmental risks of breast cancer compare with the current state of the science? J Cancer Educ Apr 20, 2020. doi: 10.1007/s13187-020-01748-8

Adams SA, Haynes VE, Brandt HM, Choi SK, Young V, Eberth JM, Hebert JR, Friedman DB. Cervical cancer screening behaviors and proximity to federally qualified health centers in South Carolina. Cancer Epidemiol Apr;65:101681, 2020. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2020.101681

Farr D, Brandt HM, Arp Adams S, Haynes VE, Gibson AS, Jackson DD, Rawlinson KC, Ureda JR, Hebert JR. Examining breast cancer screening behavior among southern black women after the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force mammography guideline revisions. J Community Health Feb;45(1):20-29, 2020. doi: 10.1007/s10900-019-00697-8

Farr D, Haynes VE, Armstead CA, Brandt HM. Stakeholder perspectives on colonoscopy navigation and colorectal cancer screening inequities. J Cancer Educ Jan 22, 2020. doi: 10.1007/s13187-019-01684-2

Lee M, Khan MM, Brandt HM, Salloum RG, Chen B. Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the receipt of colonoscopies among the insured elderly. Int J Environ Res Public Health Jan 2;17(1), 2020. pii: E313. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17010313.

Biesecker C, Zahnd WE, Brandt HM, Adams SA, Eberth JM. A bivariate mapping tutorial for cancer control resource allocation decisions and interventions. Prev Chronic Dis Jan 2;17:E01, 2020. doi: 10.5888/pcd17.190254

Rohweder C, Wangen M, Black M, Dolinger H, Wolf M, O'Reilly C, Brandt HM, Leeman J. Understanding quality improvement collaboratives through an implementation science lens. Prev Med Dec;129S:105859, 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.105859

Terry MB, Michels KB, Brody JG, Byrne C, Chen S, Jerry DJ, Malecki KMC, Martin MB, Miller RL, Neuhausen SL, Silk K, Trentham-Dietz A; Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP). Environmental exposures during windows of susceptibility for breast cancer: a framework for prevention research. Breast Cancer Res Aug 20;21(1):96, 2019. doi: 10.1186/s13058-019-1168-2. Review. (Contributor: Brandt HM)

Brandt HM, Vanderpool R, Curry S, Farris P, Daniel-Ulloa J, Seegmiller L, Stradtman L, Vu T, Taylor V, Zubizarreta M. A multi-state case study of community-clinical linkages for promoting HPV vaccination. Hum Vaccin Immunother Jun 3:1-8, 2019. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2019.1616501

Farr DE, Brandt HM, Friedman DB, Adams SA, Armstead CA, Fulton JK, Bull DM. False positive mammography and mammography screening intentions among Black women: the influence of emotions and coping strategies. Ethn Health 1-18, 2019. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2019.1571563

Vanderpool RC, Stradtman L, Brandt HM. Policy opportunities to increase HPV vaccination in rural communities. Hum Vaccin Immunother Jan 4:1-6, 2019. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2018.1553475

Sundstrom BS, Brandt HM, Gray L, Pierce JY. It’s My Time: Applying the health belief model to prevent cervical cancer among college-age women. Journal of Communication Management 22(2):161-178, 2018. doi: 10.1108/JCOM-06-2016-0044

Sundstrom BS, Smith E, Delay C, Luque LS, Davila C, Feder B, Paddock V, Poudrier J, Pierce JY, Brandt HM. A reproductive justice approach to understanding women’s experiences with HPV and cervical cancer prevention. Soc Sci Med Jul;232:289-297, 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.05.010

Alharbi A, Khan MM, Horner R, Brandt H, Chapman. Impact of removing cost sharing under the Affordable Care Act (ACS) on mammography and Pap test use. BMC Public Health Apr 3;19(1):370, 2019. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6665-9

Alharbi AG, Khan MM, Horner R, Brandt H, Chapman C. Impact of Medicaid coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act on mammography and Pap tests utilization among low-income women. PLoS One Apr 3;14(4):e0214886, 2019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214886. eCollection 2019.

Friedman DB, Adams SA, Brandt HM, Heiney SP, Hébert JR, Ureda JR, Seel JS, Schrock CS, Mathias W, Clark-Armstead V, Dees RV, Oliver RP. Rise Up, Get Tested, and Live: an Arts-Based Colorectal Cancer Educational Program in a Faith-Based Setting. J Cancer Educ Jun;34(3):550-555, 2019. doi: 10.1007/s13187-018-1340-x. PMID: 29492800

Felder TM, Braun KL, Wigfall L, Sevoyan M, Vyas S, Khan S, Brandt HM, Rogers C, Tanjasiri S, Armstead CA, Hébert JR. Mentoring, Training, and Scholarly Productivity Experiences of Cancer-Related Health Disparities Research Trainees: Do Outcomes Differ for Underrepresented Scientists? J Cancer Educ Jun;34(3):446-454, 2019. doi: 10.1007/s13187-018-1322-z. PMID: 29430610

Moreland-Russell S, Adsul P, Nasir S, Fernandez ME, Walker TJ, Brandt HM, Vanderpool RC, Pilar M, Cuccaro P, Norton WE, Vinson C, Chambers D, Brownson R. Evaluating Centralized Technical Assistance as an Implementation Strategy to Improve Cancer Prevention and Control. Cancer Causes Control Dec;29(12):1221-1230, 2018. doi: 10.1007/s10552-018-1108-y

Brandt HM, Turner-McGrievy G, Friedman DB, Gentile D, Schrock C, Thomas T, West D. Examining the role of Twitter in response and recovery during and after historic flooding in South Carolina. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice Aug 31, 2018. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000841

Wigfall LT, Bynum SA, Brandt HM, Sebastian N, Ory MG. HPV-associated cancer prevention programs at community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations: Implications for future engagement. Frontiers in Oncology. 2018 Oct 26;8:422. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2018.00422. eCollection 2018.

Kulkarni S, Lewis K, Adams SA, Brandt HM, Lead JR, Ureda JR, Fedrick D, Mathews C, Friedman DB. A Comprehensive Analysis of How Environmental Risks of Breast Cancer Are Portrayed on the Internet. Am J Hlth Educ 49(4): 222-233, 2018. doi: 10.1080/19325037.2018.1473182. PMID: 30079123

Lewis K, Kulkarni S, Adams SA, Brandt HM, Lead JR, Ureda JR, Fedrick D, Mathews C, Friedman DB. “For lack of knowledge, our people will perish”: Using focus group methodology to explore African-American communities’ perceptions of breast cancer and the environment. Environ Int Sep 6;121(Pt 1):111-118, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.08.062. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30195624

Sundstrom BS, Aylor E, Cartmell KB, Brandt HM, Bryant DC, Halbert CH, Pierce JY. Beyond birds-and-bees: A qualitative content analysis of online HPV vaccination communication. Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health Jun 06, 2018. doi: 10.1080/17538068.2018.1484984 [Epub ahead of print]

Bevel M, Babatunde OA, Heiney SP, Brandt HM, Wirth MD, Hurley TG, Khan S, Johnson H, Wineglass CM, Warren TY, Murphy EA, Sercy E, Thomas AS, Hébert JR, Adams SA. Sistas Inspiring Sistas Through Activity and Support (SISTAS): Study Design and Demographics of Participants. Ethn Dis Apr 26;28(2):75-84, 2018. doi: 10.18865/ed.28.2.75. eCollection 2018 Spring. PMID: 29725191

Cartmell KB, Young-Pierce J, McGue S, Alberg AJ, Luque JS, Zubizarreta M, Brandt HM. Barriers, facilitators, and potential strategies for increasing HPV vaccination: A statewide assessment to inform action. Papillomavirus Res Jun;5:21-31, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.pvr.2017.11.003. Epub 2017 Dec 7. PMID: 29248818

Hébert JR, Adams SA, Ureda JR, Young VM, Brandt HM, Heiney SP, Seel JS, Friedman DB. Accelerating Research Collaborations Between Academia and Federally Qualified Health Centers: Suggestions Shaped by History. Public Health Rep Jan/Feb;133(1):22-28, 2018. doi: 10.1177/0033354917742127. Epub 2017 Nov 28. PMID: 29182891

Warren TY, Wilcox S, St George SM, Brandt HM. African American Women's Perceived Influences on and Strategies to Reduce Sedentary Behavior. Qual Health Res Jun;28(7):1112-1122, 2018. doi: 10.1177/1049732317748605. Epub 2018 Jan 1. PMID: 29291686

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Last update: February 2021