Tiffany Edwards, PhD, MPH

Director of Program Operations

Dr. Tiffany Edwards joined the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force in the summer of 2016 as the Director of Program Operations. In this role, she is charged with the operational oversight of all aspects and activities critical in supporting the mission of the organization.


Prior to joining to the Task Force, Dr. Edwards served as Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Research at Fordham University in Bronx, NY. In this role she functioned as lead in strategy development and program implementation related to efforts in addressing social determinants of health. Preceding this, as program manager for the IMPACT Diabetes Center, a REACH U.S. Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Diabetes, funded by the CDC, she partnered with state and federal agencies to identify and implement evidence-based large-scale policy and systems change initiatives in the areas of prevention and control, physical environment and activity and food environment and healthy eating in an attempt to achieve equity in access and quality in low-resource communities.


Trained as a clinical psychologist with a focus on health-related research, her work has centered on improving health outcomes in medically underserved communities by providing technical and programmatic guidance on strategies for social and behavior change. The majority of her work has involved the development and expansion of programs to promote wellness, emphasizing personal wellness, healthy community and social responsibility. Her work utilizes an experimental, holistic framework to address health issues from a systemic perspective.


Her efforts have included the promotion of lay health workers to address barriers and increase breast and cervical cancer screening among African American and Hispanic women as well as studying the efficacy of patient navigation models to increase colonoscopy screening rates. In addition, her research has investigated the role of culture and health beliefs on the use of genetic services by ethnic minorities at increased risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) primarily conducting research with underserved women of African descent and Latinas.


Dr. Tiffany Edwards received her PhD in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University after completing residency training at Rush University Medical Center. She went on to complete a clinical and research postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology and women's health at Emory University School of Medicine, followed by a research postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Edwards later earned an MPH in global public health from New York University.


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