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
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
Joan Becker Becker Joan Program Analyst OAD
David Berrigan Berrigan David Program Director Physical activity and the built environment; Energy balance and carcinogenesis; Ecology, evolution, and physiology of behavioral and life history traits 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
Michele Bloch Bloch Michele Chief, TCRB Women and smoking; International tobacco issues; Tobacco industry document research TCRB
Pat Boyd Boyd Pat Cancer Research Training Award Fellow HBRB
Alexandra Budenz Budenz Alexandra Cancer Prevention Fellow 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; Health disparities; Global cancer control research HCIRB, HSIRB
Jamie Cordova Cordova Jamie Cancer Research Training Award Fellow TCRB
Susan Czajkowski Czajkowski Susan Chief, HBRB Psychosocial and behavioral risk factors and interventions; Behavioral treatment development; Adherence to medical and behavioral regimens; Obesity; Health-related quality of life HBRB
Mirjana Djordjevic Djordjevic Mirjana Program Director Tobacco products chemical composition and design; Novel tobacco products; Use behavior and smoking topography; Methods for chemical and toxicological testing; Biomarkers of exposure to nicotine and other tobacco and smoke toxicants TCRB
Korrina Duffy Duffy Korrina Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Cancer-risk behaviors; Early life adversity; Brain development; Social psychology; Social neuroscience BBPSB
Laura Dwyer Dwyer Laura Contractor - Cape Fox Facilities Services OAD, HBRB
Raimee Eck Eck Raimee Cancer Research Training Award Fellow HBRB
Rebecca Ferrer Ferrer Rebecca Program Director Emotion/affective science; Judgment and decision making; Risk perception; Social psychology BBPSB, HBRB
Michele Fisher Fisher Michele Program Specialist OAD
Anna Gaysynsky Gaysynsky Anna Contractor, ICF International HCIRB
Meredith Grady Grady Meredith Public Health Advisor TCRB, OAD
Rachel Grana Mayne Grana Mayne Rachel Program Director Behavioral factors associated with smoking and cessation; Phenomena of dual and polyuse of tobacco products, including novel products such as electronic cigarettes TCRB
Paige Green Green Paige Chief, BBPSB Stress-mediated effects on cancer biology; Stress measurement and methodology; Psychoneuroimmunology BBPSB
Debbie Greenberg Greenberg Debbie Program Analyst OAD
Jennifer Guida Guida Jennifer Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Social networks; Stress-mediated effects on cancer outcomes; Accelerated aging; Cancer survivorship; Global health BBPSB
Kara Hall Hall Kara Program Director Science of team science; Health behavior theory; Dissemination and implementation science; System science approaches; Research methods; Intervention development; Sleep HBRB, BBPSB
Anne Hartman Hartman Anne Program Director Tobacco assessment/monitoring; Sun exposure assessment/monitoring TCRB, HBRB
Margaux Henquinet Henquinet Margaux Cancer Research Training Award Fellow OAD
Olga Herren Herren Olga Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Lifestyle factors; Biomarkers and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations; Health disparities; Cognitive-Behavioral interactions in health; Obesity and cancer risk HBRB
Bradford Hesse Hesse Bradford Senior Advisor Health communication; Informatics research; Human system integration OAD
Donna Hopkins Hopkins Donna Program Specialist BBPSB
Todd Horowitz Horowitz Todd Program Director Attention; Visual perception; Circadian rhythms BBPSB
Riante Jones Jones Riante Program Support Assistant HCIRB
Anne Julian Julian Anne Cancer Prevention Fellow UV exposure and protection; Sunscreen use; Survey measurement; Health information/misinformation on social media HBRB
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
Dannielle Kelley Kelley Dannielle Cancer Prevention Fellow TCRB
William  Klein Klein William Associate Director, BRP Acting Branch Chief, HCIRB Social psychology; Risk perception; Decision-making OAD, 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
Melinda Krakow Krakow Melinda Cancer Prevention Fellow Health communication; Dissemination of cancer science and cancer in the media; Family health communication and genetics; Rural health HCIRB
Stephanie Land Land Stephanie Program Director Tobacco use and cessation among cancer patients; Tobacco use and cancer chemoprevention and screening; Clinical trials TCRB
Mimi Lising Lising Mimi Technical Writer-Editor OAD
Kristen Mangold Mangold Kristen Public Health Advisor TCRB, OAD
Tommie McKoy McKoy Tommie Program Analyst OAD
Richard Moser Moser Richard Training Director and Research Methods Coordinator Statistical methodology; Survey methodology; Data harmonization; Health cognitions; End-of-life OAD
Linda Nebeling Nebeling Linda Deputy Associate Director Nutrition; Energy balance; Health promotion; Cancer prevention 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 treatment BBPSB, HCIRB
Mary O'Connell O'Connell Mary Scientific Program Manager OAD
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
Mark Parascandola Parascandola Mark Program Director Global health; Smokeless tobacco; Epidemiologic methods; Evaluation of tobacco control policies TCRB
Lilian Perez Perez Lilian Cancer Prevention Fellow Built environment; Physical activity; Cancer and obesity prevention; Global health; Immigrant health; Health disparities; Ecological models of health behaviors HBRB
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
Emily Peterson Peterson Emily Cancer Research Training Award Fellow HCIRB
Terry Powers Powers Terry Extramural Support Assistant TCRB
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 Light and intermittent smoking; Poly-tobacco and co-substance use; Behavioral co-morbidities of tobacco use; Tobacco regulatory science; Biomarkers of tobacco exposure TCRB
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
Lia Sorgen Sorgen Lia Cancer Research Training Award Fellow TCRB
Jerry  Suls Suls Jerry Senior Scientist Role of social influence, cognitive, affective and biological factors in risk and adaptation to cancer and heart disease OAD
Alesa Teague Teague Alesa Program Specialist TCRB
Gina Tesauro Tesauro Gina Public Health Advisor OAD
Melissa Trevino Trevino Melissa Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Attention; Memory; Medical imaging interpretation; Cancer survivorship BBPSB
Calvin Tribby Tribby Calvin Cancer Prevention Fellow Built environment; Physical activity; Walking; Transportation systems; Obesity; Geographic information science HBRB
Neha Trivedi Trivedi Neha Cancer Research Training Award Fellow HCIRB
Bob Vollinger Vollinger Bob Program Director State and community interventions; Tobacco control policy; Media TCRB, HCIRB
Christopher  Wheldon Wheldon Christopher Cancer Prevention Fellow Health disparities; Cancer prevention; Culturally responsive cancer care; Underserved populations; Mixed methods research OAD
Gordon Willis Willis Gordon Program Director Survey methods; Questionnaires design; Pretesting; Physician surveys; Human subjects protection; Cancer risk factor epidemiology TCRB, HCIRB
Kara Wiseman Wiseman Kara Cancer Prevention Fellow TCRB
Kimberly Woodhouse Woodhouse Kimberly Program Specialist HBRB