Tanya Agurs-Collins , PhD, RD
Research Area: Lifestyle factors, hormones, obesity and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations; gene-environment-behavior interactions and obesity/cancer risk; policy research
Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., has been a Program Director/Nutritionist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB), since October 2004. Before joining NCI, Dr. Agurs-Collins was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Howard University Cancer Center in Washington, DC. During that time, Dr. Agurs-Collins conducted research in the areas of sex steroid hormones, growth hormones, nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer risk.
Dr. Agurs-Collins received her Doctorate in Nutrition, with an epidemiology focus, and an Master of Science degree in Nutrition in Public Health from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of the Dietetic Internship Program at Howard University Hospital and a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association. Dr. Agurs-Collins has served as a member of advisory boards, a reviewer for professional journals and has received several awards.
Current and past BRP mentees include Temitope Erinosho.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Schmitz KH, Neuhouser ML, Agurs-Collins T, Zanetti KA, Cadmus-Bertram L, Dean LT. Drake BF. Impact of obesity on cancer survivorship and the potential relevance of race and ethnicity. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013; 105(18):1344-1354.
Hennessy E, Oh A, Agurs-Collins T, Chriqui J, Masse L, Moser RP, Perna F State-level school competitive food and beverage laws are associated with childrenâs weight status. J Phys Act Health 2014 Aug 7:609-616.
Agurs-Collins T, Rohrmann S, Sutcliffe CG, Bienstock JL, Bradwin G, Rifai N, Pollak MN, Platz EA. Racial Variation in Steroid Hormone and Growth Factor Concentration in US African-American and white Female Newborns.. Cancer Causes and Control 2012; 23(3):445-454.
Makambi KH, Agurs-Collins T, Bright-Gbebry M, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L & Adams-Campbell LL. Dietary patterns and the risk of colorectal adenomas: The Black Women's Health Study.The Black Women's Health Study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2011; 20(5):818-825.
Agurs-Collins T & Fuemmeler, B. F. Dopamine Polymorphisms and Depressive Symptoms Predict Intake: Results from a Nationally Representative Sample. Psychological Science 2011; 57(2):339-348.