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Laura Beebe


Laura Beebe, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (405) 271-2229, x48061 

Office: Hudson College of Public Health 

801 NE 13th St, Room 309A 

Post Office Box 26901 

Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901  



Laura A. Beebe, PhD, MPH is a tenured Professor of Epidemiology and previous Chair of the Department. She has nearly 25 years of experience conducting research and evaluation with tobacco control programs, cancer health disparities, and working with American Indian tribes. She has a record of NIH and state-funded research, and has led the research and evaluation cores for a number of research centers. Dr. Beebe regularly teaches graduate courses in the principles of epidemiology, public health strategies for tobacco control, and grant writing. She has mentored many graduate students and junior faculty. Her accomplishments as a mentor are evidenced by the large number of student and mentee-authored manuscripts and presentations. Dr. Beebe has received numerous awards, notably the OUHSC Magarian Award for outstanding teaching, mentorship, and support of students. 



  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1997 
  • MPH, Social Sciences and Health Behavior, University Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1989 
  • BS, Biology, Phillips University, 1987



  • Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2020-2023
  • Professor of Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2010–present 
  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 2005–2010 
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Hudson College of Public Health, OUHSC, 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, 2008–2013 


Research Interests:

  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of TSET-Funded Programs:  The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology serves as the external evaluator for tobacco control and obesity prevention 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, Tracking and Evaluation Core, 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.
  • Co-Investigator, Examination of First and Second Generation E-cigarettes: This study assesses not only the provision of first versus second generation e-cigarettes on smoking behaviors, patterns of use, abuse liability, and nicotine dependence, but also users’ exposure to harmful constituents and resultant in vivo DNA damage.
  • Co-Investigator, Switching to the SREC: evaluating risk reduction among quitline treatment failures:
  • The goal of this study is to evaluate electronic cigarettes (ECs) as a potential means of reducing smoking-related risks and to provide information on the use and effects of the NIDA SREC.


Link to Dr. Beebe's current publications

Select Publications:​​​​​​

  1. James, Shirley; Heller, John; Hartman, Chantel; Schaff, Andrew; Mushtaq, Nasir; Beebe, Laura. Smokeless Tobacco Point of Sale Advertising, Placement and Promotion: Associations with Store and Neighborhood Characteristics. Front Public Health2021;9:668642. doi:10.3389/fpubh.202668642 
  1. Vickerman, Katrina; Carpenter, Kelly; Raskob, Margaret; Nash, Chelsea; Vargas-Belcher, Robert; Beebe, Laura. Vaping and E-Cigarettes Within the Evolving Tobacco Quitline Landscape. Am J Prev Med. 2021;60(3 Suppl 2):S142-S153. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2020.07.013 
  1. Lin, Wenxue; Martinez, Sydney; Ding, Kai; Beebe, Laura. Knowledge and Perceptions of Tobacco-Related Harm Associated with Intention to Quit among Cigarette Smokers, e-Cigarette Users, and Dual Users: Findings from the US Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Wave 1. Subst Use Misuse. 2021;56(4):464-470. doi:10.1080/10826084.2021.1879145 
  1. Mushtaq, Nasir and Beebe, Laura. Evaluating the Psychometric Properties of the Severson 7-Item Smokeless Tobacco Dependence Scale (SSTDS). Nicotine Tob Res. 2021;23(7):1224-1229. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntaa269 
  1. James, Shirley; White, Ashley; Whitsitt-Paulson, SjonnaBeebe, Laura. Factors associated with sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in adults with children in the home after a statewide health communications program. BMC Nutr2020;6:23. doi:10.1186/s40795-020-00349-4