Daniel C. Hughes is a Ph.D. trained kinesiologist with a sport and exercise psychology specialty coupled with an American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification. Dr. Hughes is an assistant professor/research at University of Texas Health- San Antonio at the Institute for Health Promotion Research. As an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, he teaches HEAL (350), (Understanding Cancer) each spring semester.
Dr. Hughes research focus is exercise interventions for cancer survivorship and control utilizing behavioral theories to address cancer related health disparities. Currently his received a pilot grant from the U.T. M.D. Anderson Mays Cancer Center to test the feasibility of a holistic approach for cancer survivorship, The feasibility pilot entitled: “A Holistic Intervention Approach to Maximize Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors” is a study focused on changing the paradigm of cancer survivorship.
Dr. Hughes research has been funded by National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hughes also serves a reviewer for some of the more prestigious journals in the field of cancer prevention and control; and he serves on several committees including the GAP4 Movember Steering Committee a worldwide exercise initiative for metastatic prostate cancer survivors.
His research focus is exercise interventions for cancer survivorship and control utilizing behavioral theories to address cancer related health disparities. With over 30 publications in the area of exercise and cancer prevention, and the concept that Exercise is Medicine® Dr. Hughes has been funded by National Cancer Institute, and sits on several committees including the GAP4 Movember Steering Committee for a worldwide exercise initiative for metastatic prostate cancer survivors.
Currently, in partnership with colleagues from U.T. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, U.T. Health - San Antonio & St. Mary’s University, his research is now focusing on utilizing a holistic mind-body interactive model to define the link between stress and cancer and how to mitigate the negative effect on stress for a primary and tertiary prevention using exercise modalities. Several manuscripts with these colleagues are under development in this growing area of research.