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Lisa T. Wigfall, PhD, MCHES
Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 311-F Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 845-4779
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Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
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Office Hours
Tuesday     1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Short Bio
Dr. Lisa T. Wigfall completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health disparities research at the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) from August 2009 to December 2010. From January 2011 to August 2016, Dr. Wigfall was a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management in the Arnold School of Public Health at the UofSC. During Dr. Wigfall's tenure at the UofSC, she served in leadership roles on internally and externally funded pilot research projects, all of which were focused on reducing health disparities among medically underserved and vulnerable populations. While at the UofSC, Dr. Wigfall made significant curriculum changes to a graduate level health disparities online course, co-chaired a doctoral committee, and served as a member on several master and doctoral graduate student committees.

Dr. Wigfall joined the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M University (TAMU) as an Assistant Professor in 2016. She has two funded lines of research - one that focuses on reducing HPV-related cancer health disparities among females living with HIV, and another that focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention among vulnerable populations. One of Dr. Wigfall's long-term career goals is to reduce cervical cancer disparities among females living with HIV, a vulnerable population that is three times more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer compared to females who are HIV negative (Hern[225]ndez-Ram[237]rez et al 2017). To date, she has received almost $1 million dollars from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study cervical cancer health disparities among FLWH.

Dr. Wigfall has an R01 grant application that is under review at NCI. The proposed effectiveness-implementation hybrid type 3 trial will promote self-collected HPV testing and reduce structural barriers to follow-up care for high-risk HPV+ test results among FLWH in community settings. Cervical cancer screening evidence-based practices will be integrated with STD testing and patient navigation services that are already available to FLWH at community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations (ASOs). The multicomponent implementation intervention entitled Empowering ASOs to Prevent Cervical Cancer will be delivered to underscreened FLWH ages ≥30 years by staff at 30 ASOs located in the South US Census region.

Dr. Wigfall has taught undergraduate (HLTH 333) and graduate (HLTH 631) level courses in community health at TAMU. Her graduate level course (HLTH 631: Community and Public Health) is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary learning experience. Students enrolled in this course have included biomedical science, health education, public health, and urban planning majors. At TAMU, Dr. Wigfall has chaired an undergraduate research scholar thesis, co-chaired a master non-thesis graduate student committee, and served as a member of a doctoral student committee at TAMU. She is currently chairing a doctoral student committee, and serving as an outside member of a Teaching, Learning, & Culture (TLAC) doctoral student committee.

Dr. Wigfall has served as a grant reviewer on NIH study sections. She also served as a reviewer of applications for the NCI's 2019 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) program, and abstracts for the 12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health.

Dr. Wigfall received an NIH Health Disparities Extramural Loan Repayment Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities in 2011. Most recently, Dr. Wigfall was selected as a recipient of a 2019 AACR Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council.

Reference
Hernandez-Ramirez RU, Shiels MS, Dubrow R, Engels EA. Cancer risk in HIV-infected people in the USA from 1996 to 2012: a population-based, registry-linkage study. Lancet HIV. 2017 Nov;4(11):e495-e504. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(17)30125-X.
Research Interests
Health Communication
HIV/AIDS Health Disparities
HPV-Related Cancer Health Disparities
Implementation Science
Systems Integration
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Wigfall LT, Tanner AH. Health literacy and health-care engagement as predictiors of shared decision-making among adult inforamtion seekers in the USA: a secondary data analysis of the Health Information National Trends Society. J Cancer Educ (2017 IF: 1.547; 5-year IF: 1.628). 2018 Feb; 33(1): 67: 73

2. Wigfall LT, Bynum SA, Brandt HM, Sebastian N, Ory MG. HPV-associated cancer prevention programs at community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations: Implications for future engagement Front Oncol (2017 IF: 4.417; 5-year IF: n/a). 2018 Oct 26; 8: 422.

3. Wigfall, L. T., Bynum, S. A., Friedman, D. B., Brandt, H. M., Richter, D. L., Glover, S. H., & Hebert, J. R. (2017). Patient-provider communication with HIV-positive women about abnormal Pap test results. Women & health, 57(1), 19-39.

4. Wigfall, L. T., & Friedman, D. B. (2016). Cancer Information Seeking and Cancer-Related Health Outcomes: A Scoping Review of the Health Information National Trends Survey Literature. Journal of Health Communication, 21(9): 989-1005

5. Wigfall, L. T., Bynum, S. A., Brandt, H. M., & Hebert, J. R. (2016). HPV Vaccine Awareness and Knowledge Among Women Living with HIV. Journal of Cancer Education, 31(1): 187-190

6. Bynum SA, Wigfall LT, Brandt HM, Julius CH, Glover SH, H├ębert JR. Social and structural determinants of cervical health among women engaged in HIV care. AIDS Behav. 2016 Sep:20(9):2101-9

* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Patient-Provider Communication in the Digital Era. (Co-PI)
TAMU T3 (State)
2018/04/01 - 2020/03/31
Total Funding: 11,666.
Courses Taught
2019 - 2020
HLTH 333
2018 - 2019
HLTH 331, HLTH 631, HLTH 685
2017 - 2018
HLTH 331, HLTH 429
2016 - 2017
HLTH 429
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