Carolyn Heckman, PhD

Carolyn Heckman, PhD

Associate Professor

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


  • 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
  • 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 recent "NCI R01: A Tailored Internet Intervention for Skin Cancer Risk Reduction among Young Adults."


Kristen Sorice, BA

Project Manager

Room: P4113

Helene Conway

Administrative Assistant

Room: P4152

Selected Publications

Heckman CJ, Darlow, S,* Ritterband, LM, Handorf, EA, Manne, SL (in press). Efficacy of an Intervention to Alter Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors in Young Adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. NIHMS 739378. PubMed

Heckman CJ, Darlow, S,* Munshi T, Caruso, C, Ritterband, L, Raivitch, S, Fleisher, Manne S. Development of an Internet Intervention to Address Behaviors Associated with Skin Cancer Risk among Young Adults. Internet Interventions. 2015;2(3):340-50. PubMed

Additional Publications


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