Todd Lucas is an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health Flint and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health. He is also a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a member of the population studies and disparities research program at Karmanos Cancer Institute. He is particularly focused on stress and preventive health behavior pathways, including colorectal cancer screening.
Dr. Lucas received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University and completed his postdoctoral training at the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan & VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
Dr. Lucas is a social and health psychologist whose research considers psychosocial causes of racial health disparities. His research is both psychophysiological, in considering how psychosocial factors "get under the skin" to affect health, and also intervention focused, in attempting to develop strategies to reduce disparities. He has received funding from sources such as the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to support his program. Currently, Dr. Lucas and colleagues are working to develop and implement tailored, effective and pragmatic interventions to enhance stress coping and promote preventive cancer screening among African Americans.