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Traci N. Bethea, PhD, MPA

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionPreventive Medicine & Epidemiology
Address1010 Commonwealth Ave
Boston MA 02215
Phone(617) 206-6178
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-3205-2078
Other Positions
TitleEpidemiologist
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentSlone Epidemiology Center

 Awards and Honors

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2016-2018NIH/NIMHD: Extramural Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Award
2016-2017NIH/NHLBI: PRIDE Scholar (Behavioral and Sleep Medicine)
2014Aetna Foundation: Travel Scholarship to NIH mHealth Winter Training Institute
2014American Society of Preventive Oncology: Calle/Rodriguez Minority Travel Award for a Top-Ranked Abstract
2013National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Cancer Institute: Workshop on Pancreatitis-Diabetes-Pancreatic Cancer Travel Award
2012American Association for Cancer Research: Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award
2005-2006School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University: MPA Environmental Science and Policy Scholarship
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Traci N. Bethea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at BU School of Medicine and an Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She received her B.A. from Duke University, M.P.A. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in environmental health from Boston University School of Public Health. Trained in both environmental science and environmental epidemiology, Dr. Bethea has extensive experience analyzing and interpreting data related to environmental exposures and human health. Her work has investigated health impacts related to the siting of correctional facilities, healthy housing in housing developments, particulate matter exposure in public transit systems, urban/rural status and self-rated health, and individual- and community-level factors in relation to head and neck cancer. Her postdoctoral research has focused on cancer epidemiology and cancer health disparities affecting African Americans. In particular, Dr. Bethea has used pooled data from consortial projects to examine risk factors for breast cancer subtypes among African American women and to assess the relation of body mass index to risk of pancreatic cancer mortality among African Americans. Current work continues research on breast cancer subtypes in African American women and also examines risk factors for ovarian cancer and for sleep disturbances. New research directions involve the study of environmental and social factors as predictors of health disparities in cancer incidence and survivorship and aims to “bridge the gap” between the biologic, individual, and macroenvironmental levels.

 Publications
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  1. Coogan PF, White LF, Yu J, Brook RD, Burnett RT, Marshall JD, Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Jerrett M. Long-Term Exposure to NO2 and Ozone and Hypertension Incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Hypertens. 2017 Apr 01; 30(4):367-372. PMID: 28096146.
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  2. Bethea TN, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L. A prospective study of reproductive factors and exogenous hormone use in relation to ovarian cancer risk among Black women. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 May; 28(5):385-391. PMID: 28025764.
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  3. Charlot M, Castro-Webb N, Bethea TN, Bertrand K, Boggs DA, Denis GV, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Diabetes and breast cancer mortality in Black women. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Jan; 28(1):61-67. PMID: 27995352.
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  4. Bertrand KA, Bethea TN, Adams-Campbell LL, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Differential Patterns of Risk Factors for Early-Onset Breast Cancer by ER Status in African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Feb; 26(2):270-277. PMID: 27756774.
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  5. Palmer JR, Gerlovin H, Bethea TN, Bertrand KA, Holick MF, Ruiz-Narvaez EN, Wise LA, Haddad SA, Adams-Campbell LL, Kaufman HW, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Predicted 25-hydroxyvitamin D in relation to incidence of breast cancer in a large cohort of African American women. Breast Cancer Res. 2016 Aug 12; 18(1):86. PMID: 27520657.
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  6. Sonderman JS, Bethea TN, Kitahara CM, Patel AV, Harvey C, Knutsen SF, Park Y, Park SY, Fraser GE, Teras LR, Purdue MP, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Gillanders EM, Palmer JR, Kolonel LN, Blot WJ. Multiple Myeloma Mortality in Relation to Obesity Among African Americans. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2016 Oct; 108(10). PMID: 27147231.
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  7. Bethea TN, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC. Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status in Relation to All-Cause, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Mortality in the Black Women's Health Study. Ethn Dis. 2016 Apr 21; 26(2):157-64. PMID: 27103765.
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  8. Park SY, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Haiman CA, Bandera EV, Bethea TN, Troester MA, Viscidi E, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB. A case-control analysis of smoking and breast cancer in African American women: findings from the AMBER Consortium. Carcinogenesis. 2016 06; 37(6):607-15. PMID: 27207658.
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  9. Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Castro-Webb N, Lunetta KL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Charlot M, Park SY, Bandera EV, Troester MA, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Family History of Cancer in Relation to Breast Cancer Subtypes in African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Feb; 25(2):366-73. PMID: 26721669.
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  10. Allott EH, Cohen SM, Geradts J, Sun X, Khoury T, Bshara W, Zirpoli GR, Miller CR, Hwang H, Thorne LB, O'Connor S, Tse CK, Bell MB, Hu Z, Li Y, Kirk EL, Bethea TN, Perou CM, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB, Olshan AF, Troester MA. Performance of Three-Biomarker Immunohistochemistry for Intrinsic Breast Cancer Subtyping in the AMBER Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Mar; 25(3):470-8. PMID: 26711328.
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  11. Rosenberg L, Bethea TN, Viscidi E, Hong CC, Troester MA, Bandera EV, Haiman CA, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Postmenopausal Female Hormone Use and Estrogen Receptor-Positive and -Negative Breast Cancer in African American Women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2016 Apr; 108(4). PMID: 26613937.
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  12. Ambrosone CB, Zirpoli G, Hong CC, Yao S, Troester MA, Bandera EV, Schedin P, Bethea TN, Borges V, Park SY, Chandra D, Rosenberg L, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Palmer JR. Important Role of Menarche in Development of Estrogen Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer in African American Women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Sep; 107(9). PMID: 26085483.
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  13. O'Keefe EB, Meltzer JP, Bethea TN. Health disparities and cancer: racial disparities in cancer mortality in the United States, 2000-2010. Front Public Health. 2015; 3:51. PMID: 25932459.
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  14. Bandera EV, Chandran U, Hong CC, Troester MA, Bethea TN, Adams-Campbell LL, Haiman CA, Park SY, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L. Obesity, body fat distribution, and risk of breast cancer subtypes in African American women participating in the AMBER Consortium. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Apr; 150(3):655-66. PMID: 25809092.
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  15. O'Keefe EB, Meltzer JP, Bethea TN. Racial disparities in cancer mortality in the United States, 2000-2010. Front Public Health. 2015; 51(3).
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  16. Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Hong CC, Troester MA, Lunetta KL, Bandera EV, Schedin P, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. A case-control analysis of oral contraceptive use and breast cancer subtypes in the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk Consortium. Breast Cancer Res. 2015; 17:22. PMID: 25849024.
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  17. Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Hong CC, Troester MA, Lunetta KL, Bandera EV, Schedin P, Kolonel LN, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. A case-control analysis of oral contraceptive use and breast cancer subtypes in the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk Consortium. Breast Cancer Res. 2015 Dec; 17(1):535. PMID: 25778371.
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  18. Cohen SS, Park Y, Signorello LB, Patel AV, Boggs DA, Kolonel LN, Kitahara CM, Knutsen SF, Gillanders E, Monroe KR, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Bethea TN, Black A, Fraser G, Gapstur S, Hartge P, Matthews CE, Park SY, Purdue MP, Singh P, Harvey C, Blot WJ, Palmer JR. A pooled analysis of body mass index and mortality among African Americans. PLoS One. 2014; 9(11):e111980. PMID: 25401742.
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  19. Palmer JR, Viscidi E, Troester MA, Hong CC, Schedin P, Bethea TN, Bandera EV, Borges V, McKinnon C, Haiman CA, Lunetta K, Kolonel LN, Rosenberg L, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB. Parity, lactation, and breast cancer subtypes in African American women: results from the AMBER Consortium. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Oct; 106(10). PMID: 25224496.
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  20. Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Bethea TN, Ban Y, Kipping-Ruane K, Adams-Campbell LL. A prospective study of physical activity and breast cancer incidence in African-American women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Nov; 23(11):2522-31. PMID: 25103823.
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  21. Bethea TN, Kitahara CM, Sonderman J, Patel AV, Harvey C, Knutsen SF, Park Y, Park SY, Fraser GE, Jacobs EJ, Purdue MP, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Gillanders EM, Blot WJ, Palmer JR, Kolonel LN. A pooled analysis of body mass index and pancreatic cancer mortality in african americans. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Oct; 23(10):2119-25. PMID: 25017247.
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  22. Cozier YC, Yu J, Coogan PF, Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Racism, segregation, and risk of obesity in the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Apr 1; 179(7):875-83. PMID: 24585257.
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  23. Rosenberg L, Boggs DA, Bethea TN, Wise LA, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR. A prospective study of smoking and breast cancer risk among African-American women. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Dec; 24(12):2207-15. PMID: 24085586.
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  24. Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Charlot M, O'Connor GT, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR. Obesity in relation to lung cancer incidence in African American women. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Sep; 24(9):1695-703. PMID: 23744044.
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  25. Bethea TN, Lopez RP, Cozier YC, White LF, McClean MD. The relationship between rural status, individual characteristics, and self-rated health in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Rural Health. 2012; 28(4):327-38. PMID: 23083079.
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  26. Treadwell HM, Northridge ME, Bethea TN. Confronting racism and sexism to improve men's health. Am J Mens Health. 2007 Mar; 1(1):81-6. PMID: 19482785.
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