Rochester, Minnesota




The research of Lila J. Rutten, Ph.D., examines social and behavioral factors related to cancer prevention and control. Dr. Rutten focuses on implementation and evaluation of evidenced-based cancer prevention and control strategies to improve population health.

Focus areas

  • Social and behavioral epidemiological research to characterize population adoption of cancer prevention and screening services and to identify populations at risk.
  • Survey research to ascertain multilevel factors associated with population and health care provider adherence to cancer prevention and control recommendations.
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of multilevel interventions informed by behavioral theory to improve population adoption of cancer prevention and control services.
  • Content areas of specific focus include HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening including breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Rutten's research program involves pragmatic trials to evaluate the implementation and impact of evidence-based cancer prevention and control strategies in clinical practice. This work serves to improve patient adoption and adherence to cancer prevention and screening recommendations.

Professional highlights

  • National Cancer Institute.
    • Director's Award for Population Science, Health Information National Trends Survey, 2023.
    • Fellow, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer, 2018.
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine.
    • Elliot J. Coups Improving Health Through Behavioral Medicine Award, 2022.
    • C. Tracy Orleans Distinguished Service Award.
      • 2021.
      • 2015.
    • Member delegate, board of directors and executive committee, 2018-2021.
    • Population Health Science Special Interest Group Distinguished Service Award, 2018.
  • Member, Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, National Academy of Sciences, 2013-2016.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Community Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Department of Internal Medicine

Administrative Appointment

  1. Chair, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Health Services Research


  1. MPH - Epidemiology and Biostatistics Harvard University
  2. PhD - Dissertation: Health Beliefs, Message Framing and Mammography Screening Compliance: Measurement Development and Theory Testing Miami University
  3. MA - Thesis: Stereotypes Have Been Stereotyped: Establishing Personal Beliefs and Stereotypes About Women as Distinct Cognitive Constructs Miami University
  4. BS - Honors Thesis: Sex Role Consistency/Inconsistency: Evaluative Ratings of Women and Men Bemidji State University

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