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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 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, 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, 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.
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.
OH A, Hennessy E, McSpadden K, Perna FM. Contextual influences on weight status among Impoverished adolescents: Neighborhood amenities for physical activity and state laws for Physical Education Time requirements. J Phys Act Health 2014 Aug 7.
Oh, A., Perna, F., Atienza, A., Moser, R., Shaika, A., & Waters, E. Health disparities in awareness of physical activity and cancer prevention: Findings from the National Cancer Institute's 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). J Health Commun 2010; 15(3):60-77.
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.