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Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
Research Area: Social determinants of health, multilevel influences on health behavior and health 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's research program includes examination of the context of eating and activity behaviors (policy, communication, built and social environments), multilevel communication interventions, neighborhood environments, and 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)
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.
Alfano CM, Bluethmann SM, Tesauro G, Perna F, Agurs-Collins T, Elena JW, Ross SA, O'Connell M, Bowles HR, Greenberg D, & Nebeling L NCI Funding Trends and Priorities in Physical Activity and Energy Balance Research Among Cancer Survivors. J Natl Cancer Inst 2015 Nov 7; 108(1).
Oh A, Nguyen AB, Patrick H. Correlates of Reported Use and Perceived Helpfulness of Calorie Information in Restaurants Among U.S. Adults. Am J Health Promot 2015 Jul 9.
McSpadden KE, Patrick H, Oh AY, Yaroch AL, Dwyeer LA, Nebeling LC The Association Between Motivation and Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The Moderating Role of Social Support. Appetite 2015 Aug 29; 96:87-94.
Schmitz K., Gehlert S., Patterson R., Colditz G.A., Chavarro J.E., Hu F.B., Neuhouser M.L., Sturgeon K.M., Thornquist D., Tobias D., & Nebeling L.C. TREC to Where?: Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer. Clin Cancer Res 2015 Accepted.