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College of Public Health

Dr. Joel Hillhouse


Dr. Joel Hillhouse, Director
Skin Cancer Prevention Lab

(423) 439-4309

Skin Smart Campus 



The Skin Cancer Prevention Laboratory (SCPL) is a nationally recognized laboratory that has received continuous funding for 16 years to design and implement efficacious skin cancer prevention interventions in teens and young adults.

It is focused on:

  1. Developing empirically tested theoretical models of skin cancer risk factor decision making
  2. Using the models to identify key prevention intervention variables,
  3. Developing health communication interventions to impact on these variables
  4. Testing the efficacy of these interventions including examining mediators and moderators.
  5. Developing and testing methods to implement efficacious interventions.

The project has been funded by the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and others. It is currently funded through NCI. It has been featured in Time Magazine, Huffington Post, the CBS Sunday Morning Show and more recently in Nature, The Atlantic and the New York Times.

The SCPL is located on the campus of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health in Johnson City, Tennessee. The SCPL is dedicated to reducing skin cancer on both the local and national levels through research, education, and community involvement. If you have any questions or want additional information about the SCPL, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Joel Hillhouse via email, or phone, 423-439-7534. 

Research Related Information

Keep the Skin You Were Born InThe skin cancer prevention booklet entitled, Keep the Skin You Were Born In (Copyright 2007) is an evidence-basedbriefintervention designed to prevent skin cancer in young adult females using an approach that focuses on appearance-related issues that are important to this population. It was funded by the American Cancer Society. Further information about the intervention can be found on National Cancer Institute's Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs).

CBS News: How Real Suntans Lost Their Glow

Informational Websites about Skin Cancer

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