Laura A. Beebe, Ph.D.


Chair and 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:

  • White AH, James SA, Paulson SW, Beebe LA. Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Adults With Children in the Home. Front Nutr. 2018; 5:34. PMID: 29780809.
  • Martinez SA, Beebe LA, Thompson D, Wagener T, Campbell J. A structural equation modeling approach to understanding pathways that connect socioeconomic status and smoking. PLOS One 2018; 13(2):e0192451.
  • Carroll DM, Wagener TL, Peck JD, Brame LS, Thompson DM, Campbell JE, Beebe, LA. Biomarkers of Exposure in ENDS users, smokers, and dual users of American Indian descent. Tob Regul Sci 2018; 4(2):3-15.
  • Subialka EN, Lien RK, Boyle RG, Amata MS, Beebe LA. E-cigarette use among treatment seeking smokers: moderation of abstinence by use frequency.  Addict Behav. 2018; 77:137-142 [Epub 2017 Sep 30]
  • Mushtaq N, Beebe LA. Evaluating the role of smokeless tobacco use indices as brief measures of dependence. Addict Behav. 2017 Jun; 69:87-92. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.02.019. PubMed PMID: 28214708.

Research Grants:

Research Interests:

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

Current Research Projects:

  • 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.