National Cancer Institute
Kara Hall

Kara Hall, PhD

Program Director
Science of Research and Technology Branch (SRTB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Research Area: Science of team science, health behavior theory, dissemination and implementation science, system science approaches, research methods, intervention development

Kara L. Hall, PhD, is a Health Scientist, the Director of the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team, and Director of the Theories Initiative in the Science of Research and Technology Branch (SRTB), Behavioral Research Program (BRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). During her career, Dr. Hall has participated in a wide variety of interdisciplinary clinical and research endeavors. Notably, Dr. Hall helped launch the SciTS field by co-chairing the 2006 conference The Science of Team Science: Assessing the Value of Transdisciplinary Research and co-editing the 2008 American Journal of Preventive Medicine Special Supplement on SciTS, recently identified as the most cited and downloaded AJPM supplement. Dr. Hall provides continued leadership for the SciTS field through roles such as planning committee member and contributor to the Annual International Science of Team Science (2010-2016), serving as Program Chair (2013) and Conference Chair (2014-2016). Dr. Hall served as a member of The National Academies Committee on the Science of Team Science (2012-2015). The resultant report, Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science, was the third most downloaded National Academies Press report in 2015. Dr. Hall also co-chairs a Trans-Agency Subcommittee on Collaboration and Team Science of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program in the National Science and Technology Council in the Executive Office of the President.

Dr. Hall has focused on advancing the SciTS field by developing new metrics, measures and models for understanding and evaluating transdisciplinary research, collaboration and training. She aims to facilitate team science programs and projects through the advancement of organizational supports (e.g., tenure and promotion policies), the use of innovative grant mechanisms, and the development of tools to support scientists engaging in and studying team science, including the development of the Team Science Toolkit, and developing initiatives for enhancing collaborative interdisciplinary teams. While at NCI, Dr. Hall has also focused on advancing dissemination and implementation research, promoting the use, testing, and development of health behavior theory, and championing areas including systems science approaches, research methods, and intervention development.

Prior to arriving at NCI, Dr. Hall's program of research included the development of behavioral science methodologies such as the design of survey protocols, meta-analytic techniques for health behavior theory testing, applications of health behavior theory to multiple content areas and the development of computerized tailored interventions to foster health promotion and disease prevention behaviors.

Dr. Hall earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Psychology with specializations in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and behavioral science. Early in her career, Dr. Hall received several fellowships including the following: URI Graduate Fellowship, URI Research Ethics Fellowship, American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, and NCI Postdoctoral Cancer Research Training Award. Throughout her career, Dr. Hall has received accolades such as, a dissertation award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, the Peter Merenda Prize in Statistics and Research Methodology, appointment to a National Academies Committee, research citation awards, keynote invitations, and NCI merit, service, leadership, and performance awards.

Secondary Branch Appointment:  Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Current and past BRP mentors include Richard Moser and Frank Perna.

Current and past BRP mentees include Amanda Vogel, Grace Huang and Brooke Stipelman.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Hall, K. L., Vogel, A. L., Stokols D., Morgan, G., & Gelhert, S. A four-phase model of transdisciplinary research: Goals, team processes, and strategies. Trans Beh Med 2012; 2(4).

Hall, K. L., Stokols, D., Moser,R. P., Taylor, B. K., Thornquist, M. D., Nebeling, L. C., Ehret, C. C., Barnett, M. J., McTiernan, A., Berger, N. A., Goran, M. I., & Jeffery, R. W. The collaboration readiness of transdisciplinary research teams and centers: Findings from the National Cancer Institute TREC Year-One evaluation study. Am J Prev Med 2008; 35(2 Suppl):S161-S172.

Hall, K.L., Stokols, D., Stipelman, B.A., Vogel, A.L, Feng, A., Masimore, B., Morgan, G., Moser, R.P., Marcus, S.E., & Berrigan, D. Assessing the Value of Team Science: A Study Comparing Center- and Investigator-Initiated Grants. Am J Prev Med 2012 Feb; 42(2):157-163.

Stokols,D.; Misra,S.; Moser,R.P.; Hall,K.L.; Taylor,B.K.; The ecology of team science: understanding contextual influences on transdisciplinary collaboration. Am J Prev Med 2008; 35(2 Suppl):S96-115.

Hall, K. L., & Rossi, J. S. Examination of the strong and weak principles of change using integrative quantitative methods. Prev Med 2008; 46(3):266-274.

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