Robin B Harris, PhD, MPH

Cancer Prevention and Control Program


Robin B. Harris, MPH, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Her PhD in epidemiology is from the University of Washington and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston. She is Co-Director of the Skin Cancer Institute at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Harris has extensive experience working with community-based epidemiological studies and seeks to blend teaching, research and service by working with faculty from multiple departments, with health department officials, with students, and with communities.

Cancer Focus

Her research interests broadly focus on causes and prevention of cancer, with a primary emphasis in skin cancer prevention and environmental health disparities. She is member of the Arizona Melanoma Task Force that identified substantial under-reporting of melanoma in Arizona and implemented strategies to address this issue. Currently, Dr. Harris is the principal investigator of a research project for the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (Cumulative Environmental Effects: Hopi Environmental Health Project) and a pilot project investigating Helicobacter pylori infection and stomach cancer with the Navajo. Dr. Harris is also co-principal investigator for the T32 Cancer Health Disparities Postdoctoral Training in Cancer Prevention.