Dr. Heather Tarleton

Heather P. Tarleton Ph.D., M.S., M.P.A.P.
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Human Sciences
Loyola Marymount University

Affiliate Faculty
The Bioethics Institute
Loyola Marymount University
Contact Information
Office: LSB 183                
One LMU Drive, MS 8888    
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659            
Email: Heather.Tarleton@lmu.edu
Office Phone:  310-338-4247
Fax: 310-338-5317


Master of Science, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Master of Public Affairs and Politics, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Research Interests
My research focuses on cancer epidemiology and cancer survivorship.  Within cancer epidemiology, my interests are in gene-environment interactions that contribute to the development of gastrointestinal and gynecologic cancers.  Within cancer survivorship, my research interests are in prevalent comorbidity among cancer survivors and behavioral interventions for chronic disease management.

Currently, I am conducting a study titled “IMPAACT: Improving Physical Activity After Cancer Treatment”.  The IMPAACT study is a collaborative effort with my colleagues in the Department of Health and Human Sciences and is also a research training opportunity for upperclassmen preparing to enter the Allied Health professions.

The study connects epidemiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, and rehabilitation science and recruits participants from the racially and ethnically diverse cities within Los Angeles County.  The study was designed to examine the effects of a combined aerobic exercise and resistance training program on the body composition of cancer survivors and on reducing the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis among cancer survivors.  The study also aims to improve cancer survivors’ overall capacity to engage in physical activity by addressing fatigue, balance, muscle health, cardiorespiratory fitness, neuropathy and psychosocial barriers to motivation.

In addition to my focus on cancer epidemiology and cancer survivorship research, I am also heavily invested in drawing undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds and underserved communities into STEM research.  I am a faculty mentor for the McNair Scholars Program at Loyola Marymount University and a Councilor for the Health Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Courses Taught at LMU
HHSC 278: Science, Nutrition & Health (lecture)
HHSC 320, 321: Obesity and Behavior (lecture and lab)
HHSC 322: Public Health (lecture)
HHSC 398: The Ecology of Homelessness (lecture and community-based lab)
HHSC 420, 421: Chronic Disease & Injury Epidemiology (lecture and lab)
HHSC 499: Cancer Survivorship Research & Exercise Science (independent study)

Research Publications

Tarleton HP, Ryan-Ibarra S, Induni M. Chronic disease burden among cancer survivors in the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009-2010. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2014 Apr 9. PubMed PMID: 24715532.

Tarleton HP, Smith LV, Zhang ZF, Kuo T. Utility of Anthropometric Measures in a Multiethnic Population: Their Association with Prevalent Diabetes, Hypertension and Other Chronic Disease Comorbidities. Journal of Community Health. 2013 Oct 17. PubMed PMID: 24132872.

Tarleton HP, Chang SC, Park SL, Cai L, Ding B, He N, Hussain SK, Jiang Q, Mu LN, Rao J, Wang H, You NC, Yu SZ, Zhao JK, Zhang ZF. Genetic variation at 8q24, family history of cancer, and upper gastrointestinal cancers in a Chinese population. Familial Cancer. 2013 Sep 13. PubMed PMID: 24030569.

Tarleton HP, Park SL, Zhu WM, Lee YC, Hashibe M, Morgenstern H, Tashkin DP, Mao JT, Cozen W, Mack TM, Zhang ZF. Body mass index change in adulthood and lung and upper aerodigestive tract cancers. International Journal of Cancer. 2012 Sep 15;131(6):1407-16. PubMed PMID: 22131048; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3402653.

Li Y, Chang SC, Goldstein BY, Scheider WL, Cai L, You NC, Tarleton HP, Ding B, Zhao J, Wu M, Jiang Q, Yu S, Rao J, Lu QY, Zhang ZF, Mu L. Green tea consumption, inflammation and the risk of primary hepatocellular carcinoma in a Chinese population. Cancer Epidemiology. 2011 Aug;35(4):362-8. PubMed PMID: 21315679; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3396119.

Tarleton HP, Lemischka IR. Delayed differentiation in embryonic stem cells and mesodermal progenitors in the absence of CtBP2. Mechanisms of Development. 2010 Jan-Feb;127(1-2):107-19. PubMed PMID: 19825414; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2818266.

Professional Affiliation
American Public Health Association
Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE)
Council on Undergraduate Research
American Society of Preventive Oncology
Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NIH NIDDK)
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
American Association for Cancer Research
The American Society of Human Genetics

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