Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH, MLS

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The University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, UTHealth President’s Scholar,
Minnie Stevens Piper Professor
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Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Training Director
Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research

Research Interests

Health Education/Behavioral Sciences
Maternal and Child Health
Program Evaluation
Women's Health


I am a senior health promotion scientist with experience leading NIH and CDC elicitation studies and clinical trials on the adoption of smoke-free home policies, tobacco cessation during pregnancy preconception counseling to lower risk during pregnancy, provision of tools for finding, selecting, adapting, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based interventions; and promotion of informed decision making for contested cancer screening and treatment. A commitment to dissemination and implementation in clinics, jails, and other settings has strongly influenced my research, which has emphasized intervention personnel and participants who represent "real life" populations, especially those with low socio-economic status. Recognition of my expertise led to my selection for national panels, advisory boards, and study sections.

I have led an Interdisciplinary Training for Cancer Prevention and Control program through four competitive renewals at the NCI and the Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Training grant through its first competitive renewal at the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. I was selected The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) President's Scholar, a University of Texas System Regents' Distinguished Teaching Professor, and elected to The University of Texas System Shine Academy of Health Sciences Teaching. I received the Society for Public Health Education Mentoring Award and the 2019 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes outstanding academic and scholarly achievement by professors across Texas.


[email protected]
Phone: +1 (713) 500-9658

Current Projects

Brief Interventions to Create Smoke-Free Home Policies in Low-Income Households

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The Smoke-Free Homes Program: Some Things are Better Outside (SFHs) is a minimally intensive program with three mailings and a single counseling telephone call, implemented in partnership with 2-1-1 social services information and referral (I&R) systems.