National Cancer Institute

Selected Behavioral Research Investigators

Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences (BBPSB)

  • Elliot T. Berkman, Ph.D.
    University of Oregon
    Translational Neuroscientist and Social Psychologist

    "Behavior change can be hard because we lack the skills or knowledge to do so, but more often the problem is motivational. Science needs to discover ways to help people who want to want to change but, for whatever reason, struggle to will themselves to change."
  • Emily Falk, Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Neuroscientist and Psychologist, focused on Health Behavior and Communication

    "People's brains sometimes know them better than they know themselves. Looking into the brain can help us understand what makes people change their behaviors. Likewise, linking neuroscience studies with field methods is critical to understanding how the brain works in the real world, outside of the lab."
  • Carolyn Y. Fang, Ph.D., M.A.
    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, Ph.D.
    Northeastern University
    Psychologist and Interdisciplinary Affective Scientist

    "The mind is an elegantly orchestrated self-fulfilling prophecy, embodied within the architecture of the nervous system."
  • Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D.
    University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
    Psychologist and Affective Scientist

    "When people experience positive affect while being physically active, they unwittingly trigger a chain of nonconscious and biological processes that can ultimately transform physical activity from a chore into a lifelong passion."
  • Michael R. Irwin, M.D.
    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 K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D.
    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."
  • Caryn Lerman, Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Psychologist

    "I am passionate about transdisciplinary research to enhance our understanding about how the brain supports or constrains changes in habitual behaviors that contribute to cancer risk."
  • Susan K. Lutgendorf, Ph.D.
    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, Ph.D.
    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 K. Sood, M.D.
    MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Physician Scientist

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