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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

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Journal Articles

Rodríguez-Bolaños R, Ponciano-Rodríguez G, Rojas-Carmona A, Cartujano-Barrera F, Arana-Chicas E, Cupertino AP, Reynales-Shigematsu LM. "Practice, barriers, and facilitators of healthcare providers in smoking cessation in Mexico." . 2022 Jan 27; Epub 2022 Jan 27.

Speiser E, Pinto Zipp G, DeLuca DA, Cupertino AP, Arana-Chicas E, Gourna Paleoudis E, Kligler B, Cartujano-Barrera F. "Knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of Latinas in cleaning occupations in northern New Jersey: a cross-sectional mixed methods study." Journal of occupational medicine and toxicology (London, England). 2021 Dec 6; 16(1):52. Epub 2021 Dec 06.

Arana-Chicas E, Jones BT, Cartujano-Barrera F, Cupertino AP. ""I Felt What was Happening in Our Country [USA] with Race was So Much Scarier than the [COVID-19] Virus." Black Lives Matter Protesters' Beliefs and Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic"" . Journal of Health Ethics. 2021; 17(1).