Research underlies all that the Division does. It is translated into advances in clinical care for the patients we see in our Cancer Prevention Center; it is translated into the education of future cancer prevention researchers and clinicians; and finally, out to the community, well beyond MD Anderson’s walls. This tri-directional translation of our research provides real benefits in the population today and informs our research strategies of tomorrow, creating a “virtuous cycle” between DCPPS research and DCPPS activities in clinical care, education and cancer control.

Behavioral Science

The Department of Behavioral Science conducts biobehavioral research on cancer risk behaviors and psychosocial factors that affect cancer patients, families and survivors. Investigators develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate innovative interventions that help prevent and reduce cancer incidence, mortality and morbidity.

Clinical Cancer Prevention

The Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention focuses on reducing cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality through pre-clinical, clinical and translational research; patient care; and education and training of the next generation of cancer prevention researchers and clinicians.


The Department of Epidemiology conducts research on the causes of cancer initiation, promotion and progression, including both genetic and environmental factors and their interaction.

Health Disparities Research

The mission of the Department of Health Disparities Research is to reduce — and ultimately eliminate — disparities in cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality by investigating the causes of inequalities and developing social, behavioral and medical interventions to eliminate them.

Health Services Research

The Department of Health Services Research conducts the highest quality health services research with the ultimate aims of optimizing health care delivery and improving outcomes for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Centers and Institutes

Behavioral Research Treatment Center

Duncan Family Institute

Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research


Tobacco Treatment Program

ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience)