Staff

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
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, HSIRB
Heather D'Angelo D'Angelo Heather Program Director Cancer health disparities; Multilevel health communication research and interventions; Place and health; Implementation science; Obesity prevention; Tobacco control HCIRB
Anna Gaysynsky Gaysynsky Anna Contractor, ICF International HCIRB
Riante Jones Jones Riante Program Support Assistant HCIRB
Wendy Nelson Nelson Wendy Program Director Decision making/behavioral economics; Bioethics; Adherence; Adherence to new cancer therapies; Communicating genetic risk; Cognitive effects of cancer treatment BBPSB, HCIRB
Camella Rising Rising Camella Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Family health and cancer communication across the life span; Communication and uncertainty management; Nutrition and physical activity behavior; Digital health; Social support HCIRB
Robin Vanderpool Vanderpool Robin Branch Chief, HCIRB Rural cancer control; HPV vaccination; Cancer screening; Cancer survivorship; Implementation science; Patient-provider communication; Community outreach and engagement HCIRB
Gordon Willis Willis Gordon Program Director Survey methods; Questionnaires design; Pretesting; Physician surveys; Human subjects protection; Cancer risk factor epidemiology TCRB, HCIRB