Audie Atienza , PhD
Research Area: Behavioral medicine, health psychology, physical activity, gerontology, and ethnic minority health
Audie Atienza is a Behavioral Scientist/Program Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Science of Research and Technology Branch (SRTB). He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1991 and obtained his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University in 1998. He completed a clinical psychology internship as a Behavioral Medicine Specialist (with Neuropsychology and Family Therapy rotations) at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System. Prior to coming to the NCI, Dr. Atienza completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center (formerly the Center for Research in Disease Prevention). He was selected as a Fellow to the 25th Ten-Day Seminar on Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (AHA, 1999), the Summer Training Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions (OBSSR/NIH, 2001), and the Physical Activity and Public Health Course (CDC, 2003).
At NCI, Dr. Atienza has spearheaded research endeavors in eHealth and Real-Time Data Capture research, including serving as the chair/organizer of multiple national conferences concerning these issue areas. These include: "The Science of Real-Time Data Capture" conference (Sept 2003, Charleston, SC), "Capturing Physical Activity and Diet in Real-Time" expert panel workshop (June 2004, Bethesda, MD), "Critical Issues in eHealth Research" national conference (June 2005, Bethesda, MD), and "Critical Issues in eHealth Research: Toward Quality Patient Centered Care" national conference (September 2006, Bethesda, MD). Dr. Atienza also organized the NCI/NIH "Workshop on Behavioral Methodologies in Cancer Research for Under-Represented Investigators" (March 2006, San Francisco, CA; March 2007, Bethesda, MD) to provide intensive research methods training to promising early to mid-level career investigators. He serves as the NCI program contact on several NIH research initiatives in the areas of behavioral research that he has helped to develop. He also oversees a grant portfolio that includes themed initiatives (RFA: R21, R01). His research interests include health promotion/disease prevention, ethnic minority health, health disparities, psychosocial aspects of health, health and aging, community health, and real-time data capture in health research using innovative technology.
Secondary Branch Appointment:
Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)
Selected Publications and Presentations
Colon-Ramos, U., Thompson, F. E., Yaroch, A. L., Moser, R. P., McNeel,,T.,S., Dodd, K. W., Atienza, A. A., Sugerman, S. B., & Nebeling, L. Differences in fruit and vegetable intake among Hispanic subgroups in California: results from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey. J Am Diet Assoc 2009; 109(11):1878-1885.
Atienza, A. A., King, A. C., Oliveira, B. M., Ahn, D. K., & Gardner, C. D. Using hand-held computer technologies to improve dietary intake. Am J Prev Med 2008; 34(6):514-518.
King, A. C., Ahn, D. F., Atienza, A. A., & Kraemer, H. C. Exploring refinements in targeted behavioral medicine intervention to advance public health. Ann Behav Med 2008; 35(3):251-260.
King, A. C., Ahn, D. K., Oliveira, B. M., Atienza, A. A., Castro, C. M., & Gardner, C. D. Promoting physical activity through hand-held computer technology. Am J Prev Med 2008; 34(2):138-142.
Norman, G. J., Zabinski, M. F., Adams, M. A., Rosenberg, D. E., Yaroch, A. L., & Atienza, A. A. A review of eHealth interventions for physical activity and dietary behavior change. Am J Prev Med 2007; 33(4):336-345.