Dr Carvajal is an applied social and quantitative psychologist and health promotion scholar with particular expertise in health behavior theory and evaluation methods, Latino/cultural behavioral science, and health promotion research. He is committed to an interdisciplinary science approach in health promotion and cancer prevention, and Chair the Health Behavior Health Promotion academic programs within the College of Public Health. His appreciation for interdisciplinary, applied, scholarship is also evidenced in his 48 peer reviewed journal publications in psychological, public health or medical literatures, and participation in groups such as the Arizona Cancer Center, Community Influences on Health Behaviors (NIH Chartered Study Section) and the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute.
Dr Carvajal also reviews for journals including American Journal of Public Health, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Primary Prevention, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, & Health Behavior and Policy Review.
Dr Carvajal is available as a mentor or provide collaborative guidance on theory-based measurement of psychosocial and behavioral cancer-related factors, evaluation design and overall project (and particularly cancer preventive intervention) implementation. His experience as lead investigator, collaborative investigator and mentor prepares him well for this role. His PI lead research (funders include NIH, CDC and PCORI) has focused on understanding health behaviors that convey health risk or protection, with a major emphasis on testing social ecological models in minority populations.
During the last 13 years Dr Carvajal has also held leadership roles on mixed qualitative-quantitative studies and implementing community based participatory research methods to address health disparities in Latino and Native American populations. For the last six years he has led (as Director/Principal Investigator) the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC), one of a network of 26 current centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These centers and the network are focused on chronic disease prevention, including behaviors linked to multiple cancers.
Dr Carvajal also has served as a lead quantitative analyst and/or behavioral science evaluation methodologist on seven other large-scale, federally-funded (including NCI funded) health promotion interventions with multi-ethnic or minority populations. A sample of the cancer-related behaviors of substantive focus in his manuscripts include those related to obesity (physical activity and healthy diets), youth tobacco and alcohol onset-escalation, sun protection behaviors, cancer screening, and community utilization of health services access.