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Uma Nair, PhD

Uma Nair, PhD

Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health

  • (813) 974-2578
  • MDC Building, Room 22
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  • PhD, Kinesiology, Temple University, 2011
  • MS, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Ithaca College, 2007
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, SNDT University, 2003
  • BA, Psychology & Sociology, Mumbai University, 2001

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Women & Children's Health

Research Interests

  • Dr. Nair is a health disparities researcher focusing on reducing cancer-related health disparities in medically underserved populations. Specifically her research program comprises of (a) developing evidence-based behavioral interventions for nicotine dependence and tobacco, (b) promoting multiple health behavior change interventions for health promotion among low-income and minority populations, and (c) examining barriers to health promotion (e.g,. cancer screening) among sexual and gender diverse (SGD) populations.


  • Member (Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2015 - Present)
  • Member (Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco, 2015 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Thani M, A, Leventakou V, Sofroniou A, Hakim I, A, Thomson C, Nair U, S. A telephone-based tobacco cessation program in the State of Qatar. Protocol of a feasibility study International Journal of Research in Public Health. , 2021.
  • Brady B, O’Connor P, A, Martz M, P, Grogg T, Nair U, . Medicaid-Insured Client Characteristics and Quit Outcomes at the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. , 2021.
  • Adsul P, Nair U, S, Tami-Maury I, Madhivanan P, Kano . Shifting the Research Paradigm towards Cancer Equity – Incorporating Participatory Approaches and Implementation Science across the Research Agenda for Sexual and Gender Diverse Populations Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health.. , 2021.
  • Nair U, S, Miller E, S, Bell M, B, Allen S, Collins B, N, & Allen A, M. Feasibility and Acceptability of Timing a Quit Attempt to the Menstrual Cycle in a Telephone-based Smoking Cessation Intervention: Protocol of a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. , 2020.