Carolyn Heckman, PhD

Carolyn Heckman, PhD

Research Program

Shedding Light on Indoor Tanning


Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • PhD, Counseling Health Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2001
  • BA, Psychology, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1994


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Certified Tobacco Cessation Treatment Specialist

Honors & Awards

  • ACS/AACR Behavioral Travel Scholarship, 2006
  • Women & Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award, College on Problems in Drug Dependence, 2002
  • Presidential Fellowship, The University of Iowa, 1996-2001
  • Delabarre Award for Outstanding Research/Scholarship in Psychology, Brown University, 1994
Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Skin cancer risk, prevention, and detection behaviors
  • Indoor tanning and tanning dependence
  • Online behavioral health interventions
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Young Adults

Lab Overview

Dr. Heckman's research program goals are to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovative interventions to improve cancer risk and risk-reduction behaviors. Her current focus is on prevention and detection of skin cancer. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Heckman's second interest area is tobacco cessation. Dr. Heckman has had several research projects funded by grants from the NCI and ACS, including her current NCI R01: “Modifying Young Adult Skin Cancer Risk and Protective Behaviors (UV4.me2): A Hybrid Type 2 Dissemination/Effectiveness Trial."


Kristen Sorice, BA

Project Manager

Room: P4113

Margaret Brown

Administrative Assistant

Room: P4152

Selected Publications

Heckman CJ, Handorf, E, Darlow, S, Ritterband, L, Manne S. An Online Skin Cancer Risk-Reduction Intervention for Young Adults: Mechanisms of Effects. Health Psychology. 2017 Mar;36(3):215-225. NIHMSID 826080. PubMed

Heckman CJ, Darlow, S, Ritterband, LM, Handorf, EA, Manne, SL. Efficacy of an Intervention to Alter Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors in Young Adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016;51(1):1-11. NIHMS 739378. PubMed


Additional Publications


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