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: North Hall 211                   
One LMU Drive, MS 8160    
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659            
Email: Heather.Tarleton@lmu.edu
Office:  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 interests are in cancer and chronic disease epidemiology with an emphasis on biological-environmental interactions and modifiable health behaviors. I am also interested in public health prevention through health education and interventions that are culturally and socioeconomically appropriate for diverse communities.

Currently, I am conducting a pilot study of the effects of a 13-week aerobic and resistance training program on weight management, bone density, balance, muscle physiology, and biomarkers of survival prognosis in a multiethnic group of cancer survivors.  The study, entitled IMPAACT (Improving Physical Activity After Cancer Treatment), is a collaborative effort with my colleagues in the Department of Health and Human Sciences and is also a research training opportunity for upperclassmen who are preparing to enter the Allied Health professions.

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 lab)
HHSC 420, 421: Chronic Disease & Injury Epidemiology (lecture and lab)

Research Publications

Tarleton HP, Ryan-Ibarra S, Induni M. Body weight, respiratory disease, and arthritis among cancer survivors in the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009-2010. Submitted to Journal of Cancer Survivorship in August 2013.


Tarleton HP, Burke RV, Oh SS, Chang SC. Variation in inflammation-related genes, body mass index change, and lung and upper aerodigestive tract cancers. Submitted to Lung Cancer, August 2013.


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. J. Community Health. 2013 Oct 17. (Epub ahead of Print) PubMed PMID: 24132872

Tarleton HP, Chang SC, Park SL, Cai L, Ding B, He N, Hussain SK, Jiang Q, MuLN, 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. Fam 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. Int J 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 Epidemiol. 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. Mech Dev. 2010 Jan-Feb;127(1-2):107-19. PubMed PMID: 19825414; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2818266.

Other Scholarly Contributions
Goldstein LSB and Schneider M. 2010. Stem Cells for Dummies. Technical Editor Tarleton HP. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Tarleton HP. "An Evaluation of the Graduate-Level Ethics Training of Scientists in the U.S." Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy. In Applied Ethics:Life, Environment and Society. Sapporo: Hokkaido University, 2009.142-148.

Professional Affiliation
American Public Health Association
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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