Daniel C Hughes, Ph.D.
Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio
Dr. Hughes is a doctorally trained Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a sport and exercise psychology specialty. He is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and American Heart Association ACLS certified. His research focus is on bio-behavioral holistic interventions for cancer prevention and control with an emphasis on culturally adapting and motivationally tailoring health promotion interventions targeting ethnic/racial cancer populations.
He has project expertise in kinesiology, behavioral science, and health disparities and applying behavioral interventions to cancer survivors. He has been a Principal Investigator on several NCI funded studies on behavioral interventions that utilized Social Cognitive Theory implementation strategies for post-treatment cancer survivors presenting with high-comorbidities including conducting exercise behavioral research with breast cancer survivors in the San Antonio as well as the South Texas-Mexico border regions using culturally adapted individually tailored interventions.
He has also been a member of the Movember GAP 4 world-wide study on high-intensity exercise interventions for metastatic prostate cancer survivors, developing the psycho-social support components for the study. His research is transitioning now to use more holistic interventions including mind-body mechanisms to improve not only physical functioning but also psychological and spiritual well-being for all adult cancer survivors.
- 2004 - PhD - Kinesiology - Sport & Exercise Psychology - University of Houston
- 1999 - MEd - Motor Behavior - University of Houston
- 1977 - DPL - Chemical Engineering - International Correspondence Schools
- 1974 - BA - Biology (Cum Laude) - University of Texas
- Postdoctoral Fellowship - Behavioral Science - The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
- 8/2017 - Adjunct Assistant Professor - Rice University, Kinesiology, Houston
- 1/2016 - Adjunct Position - Sam Houston State University, Department of Population Health, Huntsville
- 7/2015 - Adjunct Assistant Professor - Institute for Health Promotion Research, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 8/2016 - Present, Disparities in Health in America
- 1/2016 - Present, Understanding Cancer
- 1/2016 - Present, Wellness Planning and Evaluation
- 9/2013 - Present, Pre-Doctoral Student Supervision, U. T. Health Science Center - San Antonio
Research & Grants
Funding Agency NIH/NHLBI Title ENLACE: A Promotora-Led Physical Activity Intervention Trial for Latinas in Texas Status Active Period 7/2012 - 6/2017 Role Co-Investigator Grant Detail ENLACE: A Promotora-led Physical Activity Intervention Trial for Latinas in Texas The goal of the proposed ENLACE research project is to design, implement and evaluate a promotora-led PA intervention that takes a comprehensive, multi-level, community-based approach to promoting moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among a particularly underserved segment of Latinas. The intervention approach, based on the social ecological model, focuses on individual attitudes and skills, socio-cultural factors and environmental influences to behavior change. The proposed group-randomized controlled trial builds on formative and pilot research (funded by a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute R21, HL087765) by a team of academic investigators and community partners with extensive experience working together to conduct behavioral interventions and outreach with Latino and disadvantaged populations
Newton, RU; Hart, NH; Kenfield, Chan, JM; Courneya, KS; Catto, J; Finn; Greenwood, R; Hughes, DC; Mucci, LA; Plymate, SR; Pollak, MN; Praet, SFE; Russell, AP; Guinan, EM; Van Blarigan, EL; Casey, O; Buzza, M; Galvao, DA; Ryan, CJ; Fred Saad, F. Exercise medicine for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer: a supervised, periodised, progressive and autoregulated program combining resistance and aerobic exercise ? the INTERVAL-MCRPC prescription; 2017 Jan. (BJU International). Ortiz A, Hughes DC, Tirado-Gomez M, Gonzalez-Mercado VJ, Song J, Basen-Engquist K. Effectiveness of a Home-based Exercise Intervention in Fitness Profile in Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors; 2016 Jun. (Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise; vol. 48, no. 516). Hughes DC, Darby N, Gonzalez K, Boggess T, Morris R, Ramirez AG . Effect of a six month yoga exercise intervention on fitness outcomes for breast cancer survivors; 2014 Sep. (International Journal of Yoga Therapy; vol. Suppl). Darby N, Hughes DC, Boggess T, Ramirez AG. A structured and combined yoga asana & pranayama intervention for post-treatment breast cancer survivors; 2014 Sep. (International Journal of Yoga Therapy; vol. Suppl). Cox M, Carmack C, Hughes DC, Baum G, Brown J, Jhingran A, Lu K, Basen-Engquist K. Examining Mediating Relationships in a Study of Physical Activity Among Endometrial Cancer Survivors; 2014 Apr. (Annals of Behavioral Medicine).
R.U. Newton, S.A. Kenfield, N.H. Hart, J.M. Chan, K.S. Courneya, J. Catto, S.P. Finn, R. Greenwood, D.C. Hughes, L.A. Mucci, S.R. Plymate, S.F.E. Praet, E.M. Guinan, E.L. Van Blarigan, O. Casey, M. Buzza, S. Gledhill, L. Zhang, D.A. Galv?o, C.J. Ryan, and F. Saad. Intense exercise for survival among men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (INTERVAL-GAP4): A multicentre, randomised, controlled phase III study protocol BMJ Open 2018 May;. Ortiz A, Tirado M, Hughes DC, Gonzzalez V, Song J, Mama SK, Basen-Engquist K. Relationship between physical activity, disability, and fitness profile in sedentary Latina breast cancer survivors Physiother Theory Practice 2018 Jan;:1-12. Hughes DC, Cox, MG, Serice S, Baum G, Harrison C, Basen-Engquist K. Using rating of perceived exertion in assessing cardiorespiratory fitness in endometrial cancer survivors Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2017 Aug;33(10):758-765. Palacios C, Tirado-Gomez M, Gonzalez-Mercado V, Vallejo L, Lozada J, Ortiz A, Hughes DC, Basen-Engquist K. Dietary Patterns in Puerto Rican and Mexican-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 2017 Apr;19(2):341-348. Mama SK, Song J, Ortiz A, Tirado-Gomez M, Palacios C, Hughes DC, Basen-Engquist K. Longitudinal social cognitive influences on physical activity and sedentary time in Hispanic breast cancer survivors PsychoOncology 2017 Feb;26(2):214-221. Tirado-Gomez M Hughes DC Gonzalez-Mercado V Trevino-Whitaker R Basen-Engquist K. Exercise Levels In Puerto Rican Breast Cancer Survivors: a focused survey **under review** P R Health Sci J 2016 Jan;35(2):62-68. Cox M, Carmack C, Hughes D, Baum G, Brown J, Jhingran A, Lu K, Basen-Engquist K. Antecedents and mediators of physical activity in endometrial cancer survivors: Increasing physical activity through steps to health Health Psychology 2015 Oct;34(10):1022-1032. Hughes DC Tirado-Gomez M Vallejo L Gonzalez-Mercado V Trevino-Whitaker R Villanueva G Basen-Engquist K. Comparing determinants of physical activity in Puerto Rican, Mexican-American and non-Hispanic white breast cancer survivors Spring Plus 2015 Aug;4(416):1-9. Long Parma DA, Hughes DC, Ghosh S, Li R, Trevino-Whitaker, RA., Ogden, SM., Cuevas, BT., Ramirez AG. Effects of six months of Yoga on inflammatory serum markers prognostic of recurrence risk in breast cancer survivors SpringerPlus 2015 Apr;4. Gonzalez V, Tirado M, Hughes DC, Pedro E, Velez M. Identification of supportive care needs in a sample of Puerto Rican cancer patients with the supportive care needs survey Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 2015 Jan;5(9):32-38. Hughes DC Darby N Gonzalez K Boggess T Morris RM Ramirez AG. Effect of a six month yoga exercise intervention on fitness outcomes for breast cancer survivors Physiother Theory Pract 2015 Jan;31(7):451-460. Demark-Wahnefried W, Jones LW, Snyder DC, Sloane R Kimmick G Hughes DC Badr H, Miller PE, Burke L, Lipkus I,. Main Outcomes of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Weight Loss in Overweight Mothers with Breast Cancer and their Overweight Daughters Cancer 2014 May;20(16):2522-2534. Ghosh S, Hughes DC, Long Parma DA, Ramirez AG, Li R. Association of Obesity and Circulating Adipose Stromal Cells Among Breast Cancer Survivors Molecular Biology Reports 2014 May;41(5):2907-16. Cuevas, BT; Hughes, DC; Long Parma, D; Trevi?o RA; Ghosh, S; Li, R; Ramirez, AG. Motivation, Exercise and Stress in Breast Cancer Survivors Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 2014 Jan;22(4):911-917.