Kara Hall , PhD
Research Area: Science of team science, health behavior theory, dissemination and implementation science, system science approaches, teams/groups in health and healthcare
Kara L. Hall, PhD, is a Health Scientist, the Director of the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Team, and Co-Director of the Theories Project 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 variety of interdisciplinary clinical and research endeavors. Her research has focused on the development of behavioral science methodologies such as the design of survey protocols, meta-analytic techniques for health behavior theory testing, as well as on applications of health behavior theory to multiple content areas and the development of computerized tailored interventions to foster health promotion and disease prevention behaviors.
Since arriving at NCI, Dr. Hall has focused on advancing dissemination and implementation research and the science of team science as well as promoting the use, testing, and development of health behavior theory in cancer control research. Furthermore, Dr. Hall works to champion areas including systems science approaches and teams/groups in health and healthcare. Notably, Dr. Hall helped launch the field of the Science of Team Science by serving as a co-chair for the 2006 conference "The Science of Team Science: Assessing the Value of Transdisciplinary Research" and co-editor for the recent American Journal of Preventive Medicine Special Supplement on the Science of Team Science. Dr. Hall plays a leadership role in the Annual International Science of Team Science. Dr. Hall has focused on advancing the field by developing new metrics, measures and models for understanding and evaluating transdisciplinary research, collaboration and training. Furthermore, she aims to facilitate team science programs and projects through 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.
Dr. Hall has served as lead for the trans-NIH OppNet Capacity Building RFA development for basic behavioral and social science, as well as NCI lead for the trans-NIH Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R03, R21, R01) and the NCI Exploratory Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control (R21). Dr Hall also serves as scientific contact for the trans-NIH Scientific Meetings for Creating Interdisciplinary Research Teams (R13) and the trans-NIH PAR for System Science and Health in Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01).
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. Dr. Hall received several fellowships including the following: URI Graduate Fellowship, URI Research Ethics Fellowship, American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship and National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Cancer Research Training Award. Additionally, Dr. Hall has received numerous accolades such as, a dissertation from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, the Peter Merenda Prize in Statistics and Research Methodology, eight research travel awards, and five Society of Behavioral Medicine Citation Awards.
Secondary Branch Appointment:
Process of Care Research Branch (PCRB)
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., Stipelman, B. A., Vogel, A., Feng, A., Masimore, B., Morgan, G., Moser, R. P., Marcus, S. E., & Berrigan, D. Does Team science add value? A bibliometric study comparing the productivity of NIH-funded team science center grants with single investigator driven grants. Am J Prev Med 2012; 42(2):157-163.
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., & Rossi, J. S. Examination of the strong and weak principles of change using integrative quantitative methods. Prev Med 2008; 46(3):266-274.
Hall, K. L., Robbins, M. L., Paiva, A., Knott, G., Harris, L. & Mattice, B. Donation intentions among African American college students: Decisional balance and self-efficacy measures. J Behav Med 2007; 30(6):483-495.