Staff: Alycia Boutté, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Alycia Boutté

Alycia Boutté, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
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Alycia K. Boutté, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow on the Behavioral Research Program's communications team, within the Office of the Associate Director (OAD).

As a CRTA fellow, Dr. Boutté is interested in learning how to apply health communication strategies to promote behavioral cancer prevention research. Additionally, she is interested in the connection between mental health, the built environment, and how these impact lifestyle behaviors that are important for chronic disease prevention among minority communities.

Dr. Boutté recently earned her Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior from the University of South Carolina. During her doctoral program, she helped implement a healthy lifestyle intervention targeting excessive gestational weight gain among pregnant women with overweight or obesity in South Carolina. Her dissertation examined associations between mental health, neighborhood food access, and diet quality among these women using quantitative and geospatial techniques. Additionally, she investigated potential disparities in diet quality by race and residential location. Under the guidance of her mentors, she was awarded an NIH Diversity Supplement Grant to support her dissertation research.

Throughout her doctoral studies, Dr. Boutté was acknowledged with multiple awards for her excellence in research and scholarship, including the Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award, SPARC Graduate Research Grant, Outstanding Student Abstract Award, and South Carolina Public Health Association's Public Health Scholarship. Most recently, she received the Christopher Peter Aluah Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for her scholarship, leadership, and service in public health.

Dr. Boutté received her M.P.H. in health promotion/behavioral science from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Austin Regional Campus, and her B.S. in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Mimi Lising.

Research Areas

  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Mental health
  • Built environment
  • Diet quality
  • Maternal and child health

Selected Publications and Presentations

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