National Cancer Institute

Selected Behavioral Research Investigators

Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences (BBPSB)

  • Carolyn Fang , Fox Chase Cancer Center
    Behavioral Scientist

    "I appreciate the opportunity to work with investigators from diverse disciplines, as well as with community members and patient advocates, because they inspire me to learn new concepts and broaden my thinking in novel ways, as we all work toward a common and united goal to reduce the burden of cancer."
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett , Northeastern University
    University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory

    "The mind is an elegantly orchestrated self-fulfilling prophecy, embodied within the architecture of the nervous system."
  • Michael Irwin , University of California - Los Angeles
    Psychiatric Clinical Translational Scientist

    "The Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA has discovered that sleep and health are intimately inter-connected: insomnia induces adverse trajectories of disease risk, activates inflammatory biology, and accelerates cellular aging. In turn, interventional strategies from behavioral to mind-body treatments effectively target sleep problems and reverse the course of biological mechanisms of disease risk, aging, and possibly cancer, which together optimize healthspan."
  • Janice Kiecolt-Glaser , Ohio State University
    Behavioral Scientist

    "Stress impacts many aspects of our physiology. Close and supportive personal relationships can buffer the effects of stress and can be an important resource during difficult times in our lives."
  • Susan Lutgendorf , University of Iowa
    Behavioral Scientist

    "The resilience of the human spirit is remarkable-we are now studying how we can help patients cope more effectively in the face of ovarian cancer."
  • Herbert Mathews , Loyola University Chicago
    Cellular and Molecular Scientist

    "Understanding the pattern of chromatin organization associated with psychosocial distress may provide a means by which to identify those at risk for immune dysfunction."
  • Anil Sood , MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Physician Scientist

    "For me the opportunity to collaborate with renowned colleagues has provided many exciting research moments."