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Evelyn Arana, M.S., Dr.P.H.

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Professional Background

Research Interests: Cancer Control and Survivorship among Latinos; Smoking Cessation using Mobile Health among Latinos.

Dr. Arana is a Research Assistant Professor in the Public Health Sciences Department at The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Arana is a social and behavioral scientist whose research includes promoting cancer prevention and control among underserved and understudied populations incorporating principles of community-based participatory approach in the U.S., Mexico, and Guatemala. Currently, she is working on the implementation of a text messaging randomized smoking cessation R01 clinical trial for Latinos in the U.S. Dr. Arana is the recipient of an NCI Diversity Supplement Award to this R01 to analyze the relationship between biopsychosocial factors and smoking patterns among Latinos. Dr. Arana is also interested in research improving quality of life among Latino cancer survivors. Her long-term research interests involve the development of culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions to address cancer control and survivorship among Latinos.



BS | Brown University

MS | Teachers College, Columbia University

DrPH | Drexel University
Community Health and Prevention

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

04/2018 - 05/2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cancer Disparities Center, Hackensack University Medical Center. Research training in cancer prevention and control.

06/2017 - 03/2018
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy (NYC Thrive Initiative). Research training in public health and health policy.


2021 - 2023
NIH Loan Repayment Program
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute

Outstanding Dissertation Award
Sponsor: Drexel University School of Public Health
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Travel Award from the Health Special Interest Research Group
Sponsor: IASSIDD

Research Poster Award
Sponsor: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Research Excellence Award - Highly Commended
Sponsor: Drexel University School of Public Health
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Travel Award to attend the 2022 AACR Cancer Disparities Meeting
Sponsor: NCI Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program

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Journal Articles

Shafqat S, Arana Chicas E, Shafqat A, Hashmi SK. "The Achilles' heel of cancer survivors: fundamentals of accelerated cellular senescence." The Journal of clinical investigation.. 2022 Jul 1; 132(13)

Arana-Chicas E, Cartujano-Barrera F, Rieth KK, Richter KK, Ellerbeck EF, Cox LS, Graves KD, Diaz FJ, Catley D, Cupertino AP. "Effectiveness of Recruitment Strategies of Latino Smokers: Secondary Analysis of a Mobile Health Smoking Cessation Randomized Clinical Trial." Journal of medical Internet research.. 2022 Jun 27; 24(6):e34863. Epub 2022 Jun 27.

Cartujano-Barrera F, Hernández-Torres R, Orfin RH, Chávez-Iñiguez A, Alvarez Lopez O, Azogini C, Bermudez D, Arana-Chicas E, Cai X, McIntosh S, Ossip DJ, Cupertino AP. "Proactive and Reactive Recruitment of Black and Latino Adolescents in a Vaping Prevention Randomized Controlled Trial." Children.. 2022 Jun 22; 9(7)Epub 2022 Jun 22.