Reginald Tucker-Seeley

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

450 Brookline Ave
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Center for Community-Based Research, LW743
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.582.8321

Educational History

BSBA, 1995, University of Tulsa
MA, 2002, Saint Louis University
ScM, 2004, Harvard School of Public Health
ScD, 2009, Harvard School of Public Health
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2010, Joint Harvard School of Public Health/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Educational Program in Cancer Prevention


  • Socioeconomic disparities and financial well-being across the cancer continuum
  • Conceptualization and operationalization of financial well-being across the cancer continuum
  • Measuring the neighborhood environment and the effects of the neighborhood on health and health behavior

Dr. Tucker-Seeley’s substantive research interests are in two areas.  First, he is interested in financial well-being across the cancer continuum from prevention to end-of-life care.  His work focuses on the measurement of financial well-being as well as investigating the potentially bidirectional relationship between financial well-being and health outcomes across the cancer continuum.  Second, Dr. Tucker-Seeley is interested in the measurement of the neighborhood environment in cancer prevention and social epidemiology research.  More specifically, his work in this area focuses on the measurement of neighborhood services and the impact of the neighborhood service/retail environment on health and health behavior.  Dr. Tucker-Seeley applies these interests to secondary epidemiologic investigations and primary data collection efforts with low-income and elderly populations.

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Selected Publications

Arcaya M, Tucker-Seeley RD, Kim R, Schnake-Mahl A, So M, Subramanian SV. Research on neighborhood effects on health in the United States: A systematic review of study characteristics.  Soc Sci Med. 2016 Aug 28;168:16-29. [Epub ahead of print] 

Tucker-Seeley RD, Bezold CP, James P, Miller M, Wallington SF. Retail pharmacy policy to end the sale of tobacco products: what is the impact on disparity in neighborhood density of tobacco outlets? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Sep;25(9):1305-10. 

Muralidhar V, Nguyen PL, Tucker-Seeley RD.  Recent Relocation and Decreased Survival Following a Cancer Diagnosis. Prev Med. 2016 Aug;89:245-50. 

Tucker-Seeley RD, Yabroff KR.  Minimizing the “financial toxicity” associated with cancer care: advancing the research agenda. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2015 Dec 11;108(5). pii: djv410.

Tucker-Seeley RD, Selk S, Adams I, Allen JD, Sorensen G.  Tobacco use among low-income housing residents: does hardship motivate quit attempts?  Cancer Causes & Control. 2015 September 16: 1-9.

Tucker-Seeley R.D., Abel GA, Uno H, Prigerson H. Financial hardship and the intensity of medical care received near death. Psychooncology, 2015 May;24(5):572-8.

James P, Arcaya M.C., Parker D.M., Tucker-Seeley R.D., Subramanian S.V. Do minority and poor neighborhoods have higher access to fast-food restaurants in the United States? Health Place, 2014 Sep;29:10-7.

Wang, J.; Adams, I.; Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Gomez, S.; Allen, L.; Pasick, R. A Mixed Method Approach to Examining Socioeconomic Well-being among Chinese-American and Non-Hispanic White Breast Cancer Survivors.  Quality of Life Research, 2013 Dec;22(10):2709-20.

Chi, D.; Tucker-Seeley, R.D.  Gender-stratified models to examine the relationship between financial hardship and self-reported oral health among older adults.  American Journal of Public Health, 2013 Aug; 103(8):1507-15

Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Harley, A.; Stoddard, A.; Sorensen, G. Financial hardship and self-rated health among low-income housing residents.  Health Education & Behavior, 2013 Aug; 40(4): 442-8

 Caspi, C.E.; Kawachi, I.; Subramanian, S.V.; Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Sorensen, G. The social environment and neighborhood walking behavior among low-income housing residents.  Social Science & Medicine, 2013 Mar; 80:76-84

Tamers, S.L.; Okechukwu, C.; Allen, J.D.; Yang, M.; Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Sorensen, G.  Exploring the role of family, friend, and neighborhood social ties and support on dietary and physical activity behaviors among low-income residents. Preventive Medicine, 2013 Jan; 56(1):70-4

Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Li, Y.; Sorensen, G.; Subramanian, SV. Lifecourse socioeconomic circumstances and multimorbidity among older adults.  BMC Public Health, 2011, 11:313  Available:

Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Subramanian, SV. Childhood circumstances and height among older adults in the United States.  Economics and Human Biology, 2011, Vol 9(2): 194-202.

Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Li, Y.; Subramanian, SV; Sorensen, G. Financial Hardship and Mortality among Older Adults Using the 1996–2004 Health and Retirement Study.  Annals of Epidemiology, 2009, Vol 19(12): 850-857.

Tucker-Seeley, R.D.; Subramanian, SV; Li, Y.; Sorensen, G. Neighborhood safety, socioeconomic status, and physical activity in older adults.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2009, Vol 37(3):207-13.

Bennett, G.G.; Scharon-Lee, M.; Tucker-Seeley, R.D. Will the public’s health fall victim to the home foreclosure epidemic?  PLoS Medicine, 2009, Jun 16;6(6) Available:

Bennett, G.G., Merritt, M.M., Sollers, J., Edwards, C.L., Whitfield, K., Brandon, D., Tucker, R.D. Stress, coping, and health outcomes: A review of the John Henryism hypothesis.  Psychology and Health 2004, Vol 19(3): 369-383.