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Rebecca Lobb, ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery

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Graduate School

Master of Public Health, Health and Social Behavior
Boston University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1997

Doctor of Science in Society Human Development and Health
Harvard University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2009

Post Doctoral Education

Postdoctoral Fellow in Equity Intervention Research, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, 2009-2011

Honors and Awards

Pre-Doctoral Education Fellowship Program in Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Harvard University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2007-2009

Pre-Doctoral Public Policy Fellowship, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA, 2007

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention, Harvey V. Fineberg Fellowship, Harvard University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2006-2007

Research Interests

Title: Concept Mapping: Community Planning to Reduce Inequities in Cancer Screening
Description: This community participatory research is Phase I of a multi-phase study to adapt evidence-based interventions to increase cancer screening among South Asians in Peel, Ontario. The goal of this project is to use concept mapping to engage the community (e.g., residents, primary care providers, representatives from community, public health and health service organizations) to generate a list of barriers to use of mammograms, pap tests and fecal occult blood tests for South Asians residing in Peel, Ontario, identify the relative importance of barriers and feasibility to address each barrier within the next 2-3 years.
Funding agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Role: Principal Investigator

Title: Building Capacity for Community Action to Reduce Cancer Screening Inequities Among South Asians in Peel, Ontario
Description: The overarching goals of this two-year project are to implement Phase II of a multi-phase study to adapt evidence-based interventions to increase cancer screening among South Asians in Peel, Ontario. We will establish and partner with a community advisory group and network of organizations to conduct formative research to select, adapt and tailor evidence-based intervention strategies to increase use of cancer screening, and then examine the reach, feasibility and acceptability of the interventions strategies.
Funding agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Role: Co-Investigator, Project Lead
Dr. Lobb received a master of public health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, a doctor of science degree from Harvard University School of Public Health, and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in health equity intervention research at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON. She specializes in implementation research that studies the adoption, use and effectiveness of health policies and evidence-based interventions to reduce inequities in cancer prevention and control for medically underserved populations. Her research program also explores modifying conditions and mediating mechanisms of evidence-based intervention strategies, and the organizational and community factors that influence the adoption and sustainability of interventions to improve population health and reduce health inequities. Her other interests include the development of more rigorous approaches to implementation science and translating advances to broader application through collaborative activities with faculty at Washington University School of Medicine and at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. Dr. Lobb has led evaluations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, and the Ontario Breast Screening Program. Currently, she is leading a multi-phase study to adapt evidence-based interventions to increase use of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening among South Asians in the region of Peel, Ontario.

Selected Publications

Lobb R, Petermann L, Manafo E, Keen D, Kerner J. Networking and Knowledge Exchange to Promote the Formation of Trans-disciplinary Coalitions and Levels of Agreement among Trans-disciplinary Peer Reviewers. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Accepted August 2011. In press.

Manafo E. Petermann L, Lobb R, Keen D, Kerner J. Research, practice, and policy partnerships in Pan-Canadian Coalitions for cancer and chronic disease prevention. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Accepted December 2010. In press.

Lobb R, Opdyke KM, McDonnell CJ, Pagaduan MG, Hurlbert M, Gates-Ferris K, Chi B, Allen JD. Use of evidence-based strategies to promote mammography among medically underserved women. Am J Prev Med. 2011 May;40(5):561-5.

Lobb R, Ayanian JZ, Allen JD, Emmons KM. Stage of breast cancer at diagnosis among low-income women with access to mammography. Cancer. 2010 Dec 1;116(23):5487-96.

Lobb R, Allen JD, Emmons KM, Ayanian JZ. Timely care after an abnormal mammogram among low-income women in a public breast cancer screening program. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Mar 22;170(6):521-8.

Emmons KM, Lobb R, Puleo E, Bennett G, Stoffel E, Syngal S. Colorectal cancer screening: prevalence among low-income groups with health insurance. Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jan-Feb;28(1):169-77.

Palmer RC, Emmons KM, Fletcher RH, Lobb R, Miroshnik I, Kemp JA, Bauer M. Familial risk and colorectal cancer screening health beliefs and attitudes in an insured population. Prev Med. 2007 Nov;45(5):336-41. Epub 2007 Jul 26.

Fletcher RH, Lobb R, Bauer MR, Kemp JA, Palmer RC, Kleinman KP, Miroshnik I, Emmons KM. Screening patients with a family history of colorectal cancer. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Apr;22(4):508-13.

Kaphingst KA, Lobb R, Fay ME, Hunt MK, Suarez EG, Fletcher RH, Emmons KM. Impact of intervention dose on cancer-related health behaviors among working-class, multiethnic, community health center patients. Am J Health Promot. 2007 Mar-Apr;21(4):262-6.

Emmons KM, Stoddard AM, Fletcher R, Gutheil C, Suarez EG, Lobb R, Weeks J, Bigby JA. Cancer prevention among working class, multiethnic adults: results of the healthy directions-health centers study. Am J Public Health. 2005 Jul;95(7):1200-5.

Lobb R, Gonzalez Suarez E, Fay ME, Gutheil CM, Hunt MK, Fletcher RH, Emmons KM. Implementation of a cancer prevention program for working class, multiethnic populations. Prev Med. 2004 Jun;38(6):766-76.

Emmons KM, Stoddard AM, Gutheil C, Suarez EG, Lobb R, Fletcher R. Cancer prevention for working class, multi-ethnic populations through health centers: the healthy directions study. Cancer Causes Control. 2003 Oct;14(8):727-37.

Hunt MK, Lobb R, Delichatsios HK, Stone C, Emmons K, Gillman MW. Process evaluation of a clinical preventive nutrition intervention. Prev Med. 2001 Aug;33(2 Pt 1):82-90.

Delichatsios HK, Hunt MK, Lobb R, Emmons K, Gillman MW. EatSmart: efficacy of a multifaceted preventive nutrition intervention in clinical practice. Prev Med. 2001 Aug;33(2 Pt 1):91-8.

Rifas-Shiman SL, Willett WC, Lobb R, Kotch J, Dart C, Gillman MW. PrimeScreen a brief dietary screening tool: reproducibility and comparability with both a longer food frequency questionnaire and biomarkers. Public Health Nutrtion 2001;4(2):249-254.

Editorial Positions

Health Education Research, 2011
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2011
Social Science and Medicine, 2010
Archives of Internal Medicine, 2010
American Journal Preventive Medicine, 2004