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.

Tobacco Control Research Branch

Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D.

Behavioral Scientist and Health Behavior Change Researcher
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The rise of mobile technologies and third wave behavioral therapies are powerful inspirations for my work.”

Caryn Lerman, Ph.D.

  • University of Pennsylvania

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.”

Cheryl Perry, Ph.D.

Behavioral Scientist
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

When I was working as the Senior Scientific Editor of the first Surgeon General's Report on "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People (1994)," the ongoing and pervasive inter-relationships between health behaviors, their epidemiology and health effects; their social, political and economic determinants; and the predominance of powerful companies that directly support unhealthy behaviors, became evident and have guided the projects and science that I've done since that time. ”

Irina Stepanov, Ph.D.

Analytical Biochemist and Cancer Researcher
  • University of Minnesota

I have been very fortunate to be mentored by and collaborate with the prominent leaders in tobacco carcinogenesis research. Their example and guidance, along with my personal motivation to contribute to the prevention of suffering caused by cancer, shaped my research interests and direction.”

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Kathryn Taylor, Ph.D.

Behavioral Scientist
  • Georgetown University Medical Center - Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

As a behavioral scientist in the field of cancer prevention and control, it is very exciting to have the opportunity to test cessation interventions in a setting with the potential to reach thousands of older adults who have struggled with smoking their entire lives.”