Patrick chats with the Blonde Scientist herself (her Twitter handle)! Heather M. Brandt, Ph.D. is director of the HPV Cancer Prevention Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and co-associate director for outreach in the St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also serves as a full member of the cancer center in the department of epidemiology and cancer control.
As a social and behavioral scientist, her research interests focus on cancer-related health disparities in cancer prevention and control and specifically on working with stakeholders to effectively use what we know works to increase HPV vaccination. Dr. Brandt joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in July 2020 after 16 years on faculty in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and most recently as associate dean in the Graduate School and professor of health promotion, education, and behavior in the Arnold School.
Heather lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, Forrest Alton, who runs their consulting business, 1000 Feathers, LLC, which seeks to bridge the divide between vision and strategy to achieve meaningful results.