April Oh

April Oh , PhD, MPH

Program Director
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Research Area: Social determinants of health, contextual influences on health behavior and communication, community health promotion, physical activity, diet, obesity

April Oh, PhD, MPH is a Health Scientist in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), where she is leading a research program in physical activity and diet communication, neighborhood and policy effects and community health promotion. Dr. Oh serves as research director for the National Cancer Institute's Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health and Eating Study (FLASHE). Dr. Oh's research program includes examination of the context of eating and activity behaviors (policy, built and social environments), adherence to multiple health behaviors, neighborhood environments, social determinants of behavioral health and health disparities.

Prior to joining the HCIRB, Dr. Oh was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc, working in support to the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Prior to working at NCI, Dr. Oh was a fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Oh was previously manager of the Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities postdoctoral program training scholars in health disparities with the Center for Advancing Health. She also worked as a staff consultant supporting state government's contract monitoring of Medicaid Managed Care programs.

Dr. Oh holds a doctoral degree in Public Health (Community Health Sciences) from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master of public health degree in health management and policy from the University of Michigan and bachelors of public health degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Secondary Branch Appointment:  Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Current and past BRP mentors include Heather Patrick, Glen Morgan and Linda Nebeling.

Current and past BRP mentees include Kate McSpadden, Chan Thai and Laura Dwyer.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Oh A, Erinosho T, Dunton G, Perna F, Berrigan D. Physical and Social Contexts of Episodes of Eating and Drinking Among US Adults.. Public Health and Nutrition 2014 15:1-9.

Perna FM, Oh A, Chriqui JF, et al. The association of state law to physical education time allocation in US public schools.. Am J Public Health 2012 August; 102(8):1594-1599.

Erinosho TO, Oh A, Moser RP, Davis KL, Nebeling LC, Yaroch AL. Association between the perceived food environment and self-efficacy for fruit and vegetable consumption among US adults, 2007.. Prev Chronic Dis 2012 9.

Oh A, Dodd K, Ballard-Barbash, Perna FM, Berrigan D. Language Use and Adherence to Multiple Cancer Preventive Health Behaviors Among Hispanics.. J Immigr Minor Health 2011 Oct; 13(5):849-859.

Patrick HA, Hennessy E, McSpadden K, and Oh A Parenting styles and practices in children's obesogenic behaviors: Scientific gaps and future research directions. Childhood Obesity 2013 9; S1:S73-S86.

Last Updated: 09/16/2014 04:21:57