Laura A. Beebe, Ph.D.


Professor of Epidemiology

Phone: (405) 271-2229 x48061

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 NE 13th St, Room 317
Post Office Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901


Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
  • MPH, University Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
  • BS, Phillips University, Enid, OK

Appointments and Positions:

  • Professor of Epidemiology, July 2010 – present

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology, 2005-2010

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, 1998-2005

  • Deputy Director for Tobacco Research, Stephenson Cancer Center, 2014-2015

  • Co-Director, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, Stephenson Cancer Center, 2013 – 2015

  • Founding Director, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, Stephenson Cancer Center, July 2008 – June 2013


Complete List of Publications:

Most Recent 5 Publications:

  • Carroll DM, Brame LS, Stephens LD, Wagener TL, Campbell JE, Beebe LA. Community-Based Study Recruitment of American Indian Cigarette Smokers and Electronic Cigarette Users. J Community Health. 2017 Jul 07. PMID: 28688060.
  • Mushtaq N, Beebe L. Psychometric Properties of Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence for Smokeless Tobacco Users (FTND-ST). Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Apr 06. PMID: 28387864.
  • Vickerman KA, Beebe LA, Schauer GL, Magnusson B, King BA. Electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use during smoking cessation: a qualitative study of 40 Oklahoma quitline callers. BMJ Open. 2017 Apr 01; 7(4):e013079. PMID: 28365587.
  • Mowls DS, Boeckman L, Gillaspy SR, Beebe LA. Long-term Quit Rates in Fax-Referred as Compared to Self-Referred Tobacco Quitline Registrants. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Apr; 52(4):e115-e121. PMID: 27989452.
  • Choi WS, Beebe LA, Nazir N, Kaur B, Hopkins M, Talawyma M, Shireman TI, Yeh HW, Greiner KA, Daley CM. All Nations Breath of Life: A Randomized Trial of Smoking Cessation for American Indians. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Nov; 51(5):743-751. PMID: 27436332.

Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of tobacco use
  • Program evaluation research
  • Health disparities
  • Community cancer prevention and control

Current Research Projects:

  • Evaluation of TSET-Funded Programs:  The Oklahoma Tobacco research Center serves as the external evaluator for tobacco control programs funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.  These include comprehensive community-based programs, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, specific population grants, and counter-marketing campaigns.
  • Director, Evaluation Key Components Activities, Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSCTR): The overall OSCTR mission is to serve as a catalyst for clinical research which improves health for underserved and underrepresented populations living in rural areas, to improve patient outcomes of these individuals, and to provide these resources to launch new independent IDeA investigator careers.
  • Evaluator, The Oklahoma Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (OPCTN): The goal of the Network (OPCTN) is to provide access for underserved rural urban minority, and American Indian populations of children in Oklahoma to state-of-the-art clinical trials and the transfer of findings that will benefit the health of those children. The OPCTN will be a member of the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN) and participate in the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) study.
  • Project CHAT: This study surveys the retail landscape throughout Oklahoma using a systematic approach, collecting rich data on tobacco products, pricing, promotion, and placement, and seeing how it varies by neighborhood and retailer type.  These data, specific to Oklahoma communities, will guide the selection of evidence-based strategies that aim to prevent youth initiation and protect disparate populations from these tobacco industry strategies.
  • Evaluating a Sequential Adaptive Smoking Cessation Intervention: This study evaluates an adaptive intervention utilizing FDA approved therapies and ENDS on smoking behaviors.
  • Culturally Tailored Smoking Cessation for American Indians: This study is the first controlled trial to examine the efficacy of a culturally-tailored smoking cessation program for AI/ANs, All Nations Breath of Life (ANBL).