Diane C. Tucker, PhD

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During her career, Dr. Tucker has been an active researcher. Dr. Tucker's research focuses on several issues related to genetic testing, psycho-oncology and palliative medicine. Genetics has been called the next frontier for medicine.

Dr. Tucker's group is examining how people understand genetic risk information and how information about genetic risk is used in people's evaluations of their personal risk, including their decisions about health related behaviors. A recently completed analogue study suggested that genetically-based risk information may not be weighted more heavily than family history risk information. A related question is whether perceived risk for one health problem alters perception of risk for another, unrelated problem. Recent studies focus on issues in palliative medicine such as young adults' opinions about home death and the efficacy of education about hospice in making opinions more favorable.

In addition to overseeing the Psychology Service at the outpatient Palliative Care clinic, Dr. Tucker is the founding director of UAB's Science and Technology Honors Program.

Dr. Tucker is married and lives in Vestavia Hills. She has a son at the Naval Academy and four step sons. She loves dancing, gardening, and outdoor activities and is active in the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Dr. Diane Tucker earned her Ph.D. from University of Iowa in 1981 in Clinical and Developmental Psychology. She did her Clinical Internship year at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. A postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis completed her training. She joined the Psychology faculty in January, 1985 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and to Professor in 1993.