Chief Prevention and Communications Officer
Dr. Rebecca Garcia heads up CPRIT’s prevention and communications efforts. Ten percent of CPRIT's total funding is dedicated to evidence-based prevention services. Her responsibilities include directing the prevention program and fostering collaboration among the cancer and disease prevention community to maximize CPRIT's impact. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing CPRIT’s strategic communications efforts.
Prior to joining CPRIT in August of 2009, she served as Vice President, Continuing Professional Development, for Physicians' Education Resource (PER), a medical education and communications company. Previously, Dr. Garcia was Vice President of Health Sciences for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure where she was responsible for the development and implementation of scientific and outreach strategies. Dr. Garcia managed Komen’s research grants and education programs.
Dr. Garcia attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a bachelor's degree in medical technology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. She obtained a master's degree in instructional design from the department of Biomedical Communications at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas and a doctorate in adult education from the Department of Higher Education at the University of North Texas.