Dr. Celette Sugg Skinner

Celette Sugg Skinner, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior


Celette Sugg Skinner is Parkland Community Medicine Professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She also is the founding associate director for Population Science and Cancer Control for the C. Simmons Cancer Center.

She previously served on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis and was associate director for Population Science at Duke Cancer Institute. A pioneer in computer-tailored communications, she has developed and tested innovative behavior-change interventions for 25 years, working primarily among traditionally under-served groups.

Her recent work focuses on multi-level interventions in large urban safety net systems and rural counties in north Texas. She is PI for an NCI U54-funded project studying the entire process of cervical and colorectal cancer screening among more than 186,000 primary care patients.

Teaching Interests

Courses taught at University of Texas Southwest Medical Center:
     Community Based Research
     NIH Reviewers' and Applicants' Perspectives (grant writing)
     Health Behavior Intervention Research
     Leadership in Emerging Academic Departments

Research Activities

Tailored intervention research
Health care delivery research
Adolescent health
Cancer prevention and control
Community-based participatory research
Health behavior change
Health communication
Health services and systems


  • PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
  • MA, Communications, Wheaton Graduate School, 1982