Alicia K. Matthews, PhD

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Alicia Matthews is a clinical psychologist and an associate professor of health systems science in the UIC College of Nursing. She is a national expert on the factors associated with cancer-related health disparities among underserved populations, including African American and LGBT persons.  She is has served on three Institute of Medicine panels related to health disparities and health equity and has received multiple federally funded grant awards. Currently, Dr. Matthews is funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct a randomized clinical trial of a culturally targeted smoking-cessation intervention for LGBT smokers. 

She serves as a faculty advisor to UIC’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.


Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Lee JG, Matthews AK, McCullen CA, Melvin CL. Promotion of tobacco use cessation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Dec;47(6):823-31.

Aranda F, Matthews AK, Hughes TL, Muramatsu N, Wilsnack SC, Johnson TP, Riley BB. Coming out in color: racial/ethnic differences in the relationship between level of sexual identity disclosure and depression among lesbians. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2014 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Matthews AK, Li CC, Ross N, Jodi Ram BA, Ramsey R, Aranda F. Breast and cervical cancer screening behaviors of African American sexual minority women. J Gen Pract. 2013;1(107):2.

Matthews AK, Li CC, Kuhns LM, Tasker TB, Cesario JA. Results from a community-based smoking cessation treatment program for LGBT Smokers. J Environ Public Health. 2013;2013:984508.

Matthews AK, Conrad M, Kuhns L, Vargas M, King AC. Project Exhale: preliminary evaluation of a tailored smoking cessation treatment for HIV-Positive African American smokers. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2013;27(1):22-32.

Matthews AK., Cho YI, Hughes TL, Johnson TP, Alvy L. The influence of childhood physical abuse on adult health status in sexual minority women: the mediating role of smoking. Womens Health Issues. 2013 Mar-Apr;23(2):e95-102.

King AC, Cao D, O’Malley SS, Kranzler HR, Cai X, Matthews AK, Stachoviak RJ. Effects of naltrexone on smoking cessation outcomes and weight gain in nicotine-dependent men and women. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2012;32(5):630-636.

Matthews AK, Tejeda S, Johnson TP, Berbaum ML, Manfredi C. Correlates of quality of life among African American and white cancer survivors. Cancer Nurs. 2012 Sep;35(5):355-364. [See abstract.]

Matthews AK, Hotton A, DuBois S, Fingerhut D, Kuhns LM. Demographic, psychosocial, and contextual correlates of tobacco use in sexual minority women. Res Nurs Health. 2011;34(2):141-152.

Manfredi C, Kaiser K, Matthews AK, Johnson TP. Are racial differences in patient-physician cancer communication and information explained by background, predisposing, and enabling factors? J Health Commun. 2010;15(3):272-292. [See abstract.]

Herrick AL, Matthews AK, Garofalo R. Health risk behaviors in an urban sample of young women who have sex with women. J Lesbian Stud. 2010;14(1):80-92.

Matthews AK, Sánchez-Johnsen L, King A. Development of a culturally targeted smoking cessation intervention for African American smokers. J Community Health. 2009;34(6):480-492.

Hughes TL, Johnson T, Matthews AK. Sexual orientation and smoking: results from a multi-site women’s health study. Subst Use Misuse. 2008;43(8-9):1218-1239.

King AC, Sanchez-Johnson L, Van Orman S, Cao Dingcai, Matthews AK. Feasibility, acceptability and early outcome indicators of a targeted smoking cessation program for African Americans. J Nat Med Assoc. 2008;100(2):208-217.

Matthews AK, Peterman AH, Delaney PE, Menard L, Brandenberg D. A qualitative exploration of the experiences of lesbian and heterosexual cancer patients. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2002;29(10):1455-1468.

Matthews AK, Sellergren S, Manfredi C, William MA. Medical information seeking and emotional adjustment among African American cancer patients. J Health Commun. 2002;7(3):205-220.

Matthews AK, Cummings S, Thompson S, List M, Olopade OI. African Americans and genetic testing for susceptibility to inherited cancers: use of focus group interviews to determine factors contributing to participation. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2000;18(2):1-19.

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow
2014 Healthy Chicago Award
Helen Grace Diversity Scholar, UIC College of Nursing