Our team of accomplished scientists, research associates, fellows, and administrators is dedicated to advancing cancer-related behavioral science research. This staff directory can help you:

  • find the appropriate contact for a research project.
  • learn more about our network of mentorship and collaboration.
  • browse our program staff's range of talents and professional backgrounds.

You are welcome to contact our staff to learn more about behavioral research at the National Cancer Institute.

Photo Last Name First Name Title Research Areas Branch/ Office
Amanda Acevedo Acevedo Amanda Program Director Psychophysiological influences on cancer control; Emotions and facial expressions; Stress and resilience; Pain and health disparities; Latino culture and health BBPSB, HCIRB
Tanya Agurs-Collins Agurs-Collins Tanya Program Director Lifestyle factors; Biomarkers and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations; Gene-behavior interactions; Obesity and cancer risk; Health Disparities HBRB, BBPSB
David Berrigan Berrigan David Program Director Physical activity and the built environment; Energy balance and carcinogenesis; Geospatial approaches to cancer prevention and control HBRB, TCRB
Kelly Blake Blake Kelly Program Director Media effects; Social epidemiology; Communication inequality; Public health policy; Tobacco control; Survey research methods; Rural cancer control HCIRB, TCRB
Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou Chou Wen-Ying Sylvia Program Director Social media; Palliative care and goals of care communication; Patient-provider communication; Qualitative and mixed methods health research; Health literacy; Global cancer control research; Health-related misinformation HCIRB
Joseph Ciccolo Ciccolo Joseph Program Director Cigarette Smoking Cessation, Addiction, Mental illness, Health Disparities, High-risk Populations TCRB
Heather D'Angelo D'Angelo Heather Program Director Place and health; Climate change; Health equity; Multilevel interventions; Public health policy; Health behavior change; Communication inequalities HCIRB, HBRB
David Dean Dean David Program Director HBRB
Rebecca Ferrer Ferrer Rebecca Program Director Emotion/affective science; Judgment and decision making; Risk perception; Social psychology BBPSB, HBRB
Rachel Grana Mayne Grana Mayne Rachel Program Director Behavioral factors associated with e-cigarette and other novel tobacco product use; Dual and polyuse of tobacco products; Dual and polyuse of tobacco products and cannabis; Tobacco cessation, particularly among youth and young adults TCRB
Jennifer Guida Guida Jennifer Program Director Cancer survivorship; Aging; Treatment-related effects; Quality of life; Social relationships and health; Sleep and circadian rhythms BBPSB
Kara Hall Hall Kara Program Director Science of team science; Health behavior theory; Implementation science; System science approaches; Research methods; Intervention development; Sleep; Climate change HBRB
Todd Horowitz Horowitz Todd Program Director Attention; Visual perception; Sleep and circadian rhythms BBPSB
Irina Iles Iles Irina Program Director Communication of science; Message effects; Health behavior change; Health-related misinformation; Survey and experimental designs HCIRB
Annette Kaufman Kaufman Annette Program Director Tobacco control; Policy; Applied social psychology; Risk perception; Multiple health behavior change; Health behavior theory; Health communication TCRB, OAD
Stephanie Land Land Stephanie Program Director Tobacco use and cessation among cancer patients; Tobacco use and cancer prevention and screening; Clinical trials TCRB
Youn Ok Lee Lee Youn Ok Program Director Tobacco control policy; Concurrent use of multiple tobacco products; Tobacco-Related Health Disparities; Emerging tobacco and cannabis products TCRB
Margaret Mayer Mayer Margaret Program Director TCRB
Richard Moser Moser Richard Training Director and Research Methods Coordinator Statistical methodology; Survey methodology; Data harmonization; Health cognitions; End-of-life OAD
Wendy Nelson Nelson Wendy Program Director Decision making/behavioral economics; Bioethics; Adherence; Adherence to new cancer therapies; Communicating genetic risk; Cognitive effects of cancer and cancer treatment BBPSB, HCIRB
Frank Perna Perna Frank Program Director Physical activity; School policy; Skin cancer prevention; Sport psychology; Cancer survivorship; Biopsychosocial mechanisms and theories of behavior change HBRB, IS
Yvonne Prutzman Prutzman Yvonne Program Director Smoking cessation; Co-morbid conditions; Emerging technologies for cessation; Youth smoking TCRB, HBRB
Carolyn Reyes-Guzman Reyes-Guzman Carolyn Program Director Low-dose/infrequent cigarette smoking; Concurrent use of multiple tobacco products; Behavioral epidemiology (tobacco use and its impact on other behaviors such as alcohol use, sleep health and mental health); Tobacco biomarkers of exposure and harm TCRB
Maria Roditis Roditis Maria Program Director Youth tobacco use; Health communication; Addiction; Tobacco control policy TCRB
Nicole Senft Everson Senft Everson Nicole Program Director Interpersonal health communication; Intergroup Interactions; Technology-mediated communication; Affective experience and behavior; eHealth and mHealth disparities; Survey and experimental research methods HCIRB, BBPSB