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
Anna Gaysynsky Gaysynsky Anna Contractor, ICF International HCIRB
Riante Jones Jones Riante Program Support Assistant HCIRB
Lisa Klesges Klesges Lisa Contractor Behavior change and connected health interventions;Dissemination and implementation research methods;Learning health systems and complex interventions;Rural cancer control and population health improvement 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
April Oh Oh April Program Director Dissemination and implementation science; Multilevel approaches to health communication research and interventions; Social determinants of health; Contextual influences on diet and physical activity HCIRB, IS
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
Neha Trivedi Trivedi Neha Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Health disparities; Social media; Patient-provider communication; Health information technology; Electronic health records HCIRB
Robin Vanderpool Vanderpool Robin Acting Branch Chief, HCIRB Rural cancer control; HPV vaccination; Cancer screening; Cancer survivorship; Implementation science; Patient-provider communication HCIRB
Bob Vollinger Vollinger Bob Program Director State and community interventions; Tobacco control policy; Media TCRB, HCIRB
Gordon Willis Willis Gordon Program Director Survey methods; Questionnaires design; Pretesting; Physician surveys; Human subjects protection; Cancer risk factor epidemiology TCRB, HCIRB