Heather M. Brandt, PhD
SC-CPCRN III Co-Investigator
Associate Dean, Graduate School
Professor, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
Faculty Affiliate, Rural and Minority Health Research Center, TechHealth-Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles and Women's and Gender Studies Program
Dr. Brandt’s research program in cancer prevention and control is focused on examining, describing, and intervening on cancer-related health disparities through innovative approaches in partnership with the “community” (defined broadly and diversely). This research emphasizes dissemination and implementation of evidence-based approaches, knowledge-based practice, and co-creating knowledge with stakeholders in order to address disparities through informed action on multiple levels. Most of her work has been done with churches, non-profit organizations, and health care settings in rural areas of South Carolina to increase cervical cancer screening, HPV vaccination, and colorectal cancer screening.
Dr. Brandt is currently PI of a CDC-funded colorectal cancer screening program with federally-qualified health centers in South Carolina (NU58DP006137), MPI with Dr. Maria Fernandez of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston of a R01 focused on organizational readiness, co-investigator on the CDC-funded South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (U48DP006401), co-investigator of an environmental assessment of cervical cancer and colorectal cancer control in rural South Carolina (5U1CRH30539-03-00), and a contributor to additional internally and externally funded research. She is co-owner of a consulting firm, 1000 Feathers, LLC, seeking the bridge the divide between vision and strategy to achieve meaningful results.