Faculty Educator of the Month: August 2011

Dr. Janice A. Blalock

Janice A. Blalock, Assistant Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, has been named the August 2011 Faculty Educator of the Month.

In her position at the Tobacco Treatment Program, Dr. Blalock has made important contributions to tobacco cessation among patients at MD Anderson. The program administers treatment designed to help current tobacco users and recent quitters refrain from tobacco use. In addition, the program has an educational component in that, as part of their treatment, patients are provided in-person counseling designed to aid their efforts to become and remain tobacco-free.

Dr. Blalock has extended her efforts to the classroom, serving as a lecturer in the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences since 2008. In this multidisciplinary program, graduate research assistants and predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees receive guidance toward careers in the field of cancer prevention via didactic lectures, research projects, workshops, and mentoring by experienced faculty.

In addition, Dr. Blalock has been a guest lecturer for three courses on cancer prevention and smoking cessation at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. Furthermore, she has led several seminars in the Department of Behavioral Science on different topics relevant to pregnant smokers and mood management for those seeking to stop smoking.

Dr. Blalock has also contributed to faculty knowledge outside her department by leading seminars on smoking cessation in patients with bladder cancer in the Department of Urology. Also, since 2009, she has been a guest lecturer for a course on the neurobiology of disease and depressive disorders in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Blalock’s educational reach has extended beyond her administrative and didactic contributions, as she has provided clinical supervision for 5 postdoctoral trainees and counselors and 9 master’s level counselors, directly supervised 13 clinical postdoctoral fellows, and been a mentor or co-mentor for 7 postdoctoral research fellows and 5 graduate students. She also has served on three dissertation advisory committees and one thesis advisory committee.

In 2010, Dr. Blalock was recognized for her cancer prevention efforts at the Association of American Medical Colleges Mid-Career Women Professional Development Seminar.

Dr. Blalock completed an internship in Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991 and received her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1992. She then joined the faculty at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

In 1999, Dr. Blalock came to MD Anderson as an Instructor in the Department of Behavioral Science. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2000 and Associate Professor in 2007. Also, she was named Assistant Director of the Tobacco Treatment Program in 2005 and served as a Co-Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston from 1991 to 1996.

Over the past decade, Dr. Blalock has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, or a project leader for 12 funded research projects or protocols. She also is a grant reviewer for one agency and has served on study sections for two others. Over the span of her career, Dr. Blalock has authored nearly 30 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 1 book chapter, and 1 manual.