National Cancer Institute

Selected Behavioral Research Investigators

Health Communication and Informatics (HCIRB)

  • Shari Barkin , Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Physician scientist focusing on child behavioral health research

    "My "ah-ha" moment was recognizing that knowledge is necessary but not sufficient to change behavior. Behavior change requires setting new defaults that make achieving good health simpler."
  • Paul Duberstein , University of Rochester Medical Center
    Clinical and community psychologist

    "After receiving NCI funding for a caregiver study, I was unexpectedly thrust briefly into a caregiver role. My personal experiences taught me that I knew less than I thought about caregiving. It motivated me to work harder to incorporate first-hand experiences into my research by using qualitative methods and by adding patients and caregivers to my research teams. "
  • Annice Kim , RTI International (formerly Research Triangle Institute)
    Social Scientist

    "The allure of big data has to be tempered by a healthy dose of skepticism about who and what these data represent."
  • Amy McQueen , Washington University in St. Louis
    Social Psychologist and Behavioral Scientist

    "I am passionate about designing and testing more effective interventions for those who struggle to make health behavior changes and to make health a priority."
  • Lisa Miller , University of California - Davis
    Cognitive Psychologist and Behavioral Scientist

    "The most compelling thing I've observed is that prior knowledge engages adults of all ages in learning and eases the burden of acquiring new knowledge and skills, which has huge implications for how we promote the adoption of new, often effortful, health behaviors."
  • Anthony Viera , University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
    Family Physician, Public Health Advocate, and Researcher

    "Several years ago, in an MD-MPH class on prevention strategies, I explained to my students that I didn't think calorie labeling worked. I said to the class (somewhat jokingly at the time!), "They should show how far you have to walk to burn off the calories...""