Darren Mays, PhD, MPH

Behavioral Scientist

Darren Mays

Darren Mays, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center and Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Mays’ research focuses on behavioral cancer prevention among adolescents and young adults, with specific interests in tobacco use and skin cancer risk behaviors.

As a public health scientist, Dr. Mays’ research seeks to develop interventions (e.g., public health communications, behavioral intervention programs, policy/regulation) to reduce risk behaviors and promote healthy, cancer-preventive behaviors at the population level. Dr. Mays’ research is also designed to inform cancer and tobacco control policy. His research on tobacco use has a strong focus on regulatory science, conducting studies designed to guide federal regulation of tobacco products with specific interests in public education about potential risks of tobacco use and product packaging and warning labels.

Dr. Mays also conducts biobehavioral investigations of how behavioral risk factors for cancer unfold from adolescence into young adulthood, including examining factors that influence tobacco use and skin cancer risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults, such as exposure to advertising/marketing and other psychosocial risks. Dr. Mays’ ongoing research in these areas is supported through grants from the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products (CA172217, CA217861, CA229082, CA192950).

Dr. Mays is actively involved in graduate and undergraduate education and student mentoring at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown’s School of Medicine, and School of Nursing and Health Studies. He is Chair of the Medical Center’s Committee on Faculty Development and member of the Georgetown School of Medicine‚Äôs Independent Scholarly Project (ISP) Oversight Committee.