Featured Grantees

The researchers highlighted below have been awarded at least one Behavioral Research Program-funded NIH grant. Read on to learn about their experiences as grantees.

Note: The views expressed here are those of the grantees only and do not represent any official position of the National Cancer Institute.

Health Behaviors Research Branch

Ana Abrantes, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
  • Butler Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University

An important "ah-ha" moment came when discussing a colleague's work involving the pairing of brain stimulation with exposure-based behavioral treatment (an oft avoided therapy) to enhance adherence and improve outcomes among individuals with OCD. I thought, "Why couldn't the same approach be applied to vulnerable individuals who avoid or don't enjoy physical activity?"”

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D.

Translational Researcher and Nutrition Scientist
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

There are so many opportunities to discover new ways to prevent and control cancer and "ah-ha" moments are daily occurrences that spring from working in the laboratory, the clinic and the community. Being open and preparing oneself to actively receive or generate those ideas is the first step; however, finding the time, energy and most of all the resources to pursue a fraction of those ideas is the key and one that requires dogged determination.”

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Heather Greenlee, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Translational Epidemiologist and Naturopathic Physician
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

My passion is helping cancer survivors understand what they can do in addition to conventional treatment to improve their quality and length of life through diet, physical activity, weight management, and integrative therapies.”