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 Cancer Research Training Award Psychophysiology; Emotion; Pain; Culture; Latino Health BBPSB, HBRB
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; 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
Michele Bloch Bloch Michele Chief, TCRB Women's tobacco use; Global tobacco control research; Tobacco control policy research TCRB
Jennifer Bowers Bowers Jennifer Cancer Prevention Fellow Cancer Prevention; Social Influence; Risk Perceptions; Decision Making; Adolescent Health Behavior BBPSB
Pat Boyd Boyd Pat Cancer Research Training Award Fellow HBRB
Alexandra Budenz Budenz Alexandra Cancer Prevention Fellow TCRB
Amy Caplon Caplon Amy Public Health Advisor OAD
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
Joseph Ciccolo Ciccolo Joseph Program Director Cigarette Smoking Cessation, Addiction, Mental illness, Health Disparities, High-risk Populations TCRB
Kimberly Clevenger Clevenger Kimberly Cancer Prevention Fellow Physical Activity Measurement; Spatial Context of Health Behaviors; Pediatrics HBRB
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
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, HBRB
David Dean Jr. Dean Jr. David Program Director Human Development and Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Substance Use); Health Risk and Protective Behavior and Health Behavior Theory; Health Equity and Social Determinants Of Health; Health Services Research and Policy; Intervention Development and Evidence-Based Practice; HBRB
Laura Dwyer Dwyer Laura Contractor - Cape Fox Facilities Services OAD, HBRB
Adaora Ezeani Ezeani Adaora iCURE Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Obesity; Prostate cancer risk, progression, and treatment; Lifestyle interventions; Health Disparities 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
Arielle Gillman Gillman Arielle Cancer Prevention Fellow Cognitive, affective, and social psychological processes in health behavior promotion; Health motivation, judgment, and decision making BBPSB
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 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; Dissemination and implementation science; System science approaches; Research methods; Intervention development; Sleep HBRB, BBPSB
Paul Han Han Paul Senior Scientist Medical uncertainty; Shared decision making; Risk communication; Predictive modeling; Cancer screening; Cancer genomics; Palliative and end-of-life care OAD
Anne Hartman Hartman Anne Program Director Tobacco use surveillance and epidemiology; Impacts of tobacco use policy, attitudes, and social norms; Evaluation of tobacco interventions; Innovative assessment methods; Sun exposure behaviors, biological and environmental contexts, and policy TCRB, HBRB
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
Donna Hopkins Hopkins Donna Program Specialist BBPSB
Todd Horowitz Horowitz Todd Program Director Attention; Visual perception; Sleep and circadian rhythms BBPSB
Chloe Huelsnitz Huelsnitz Chloe Cancer Prevention Fellow Social Relationships; Risk Perception and Risk Communication; Dyadic Processes; Health Beliefs and Health Behavior; OAD
Riante Jones Jones Riante Program Support Assistant 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
William  Klein Klein William Associate Director, BRP Social psychology; Risk perception; Decision-making OAD
Yuki Lama Lama Yuki Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Vaccine hesitancy; Parental vaccine decision making; Health disparities; Social media 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
Mark Lowry Lowry Mark Cancer Research Training Award Fellow HBRB
Kristen Mangold Mangold Kristen Public Health Advisor TCRB, OAD
Margaret Mayer Mayer Margaret Cancer Research Training Award Fellow TCRB
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
Ashley Murray Murray Ashley Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Public Use Datasets; Data Harmonization; Health Behavior Promotion; Affective Associations 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
Sydney O'Connor O'Connor Sydney Cancer Prevention Fellow Sleep and circadian rhythms; Temporal eating patterns; Obesity and weight control; Psychosocial determinants of health behaviors; mHealth and EMA methodology 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
Heather Platter Platter Heather Cancer Prevention Fellow Decision-making; Risk perception and risk communication; Health literacy; Lung cancer screening; Tobacco control and prevention, smoking cessation OAD, TCRB
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 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
Andrew Seidenberg Seidenberg Andrew Cancer Prevention Fellow Tobacco Control; Skin Cancer Prevention; Alcohol OAD, 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
Leeann Siegel Siegel Leeann Cancer Research Training Award Postdoctoral Fellow Tobacco Control and Cessation, Health Communication, Health Disparities TCRB
Brennan Streck Streck Brennan Cancer Prevention Fellow Mind-body Connection; Psychological Stress; Cancer Survivorship; Aging; Psychoneuroimmunology BBPSB
Alesa Teague Teague Alesa Program Specialist TCRB
Gina Tesauro Tesauro Gina Public Health Advisor OAD
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
Bob Vollinger Vollinger Bob Program Director State and community interventions; Tobacco control policy; Media TCRB, IS
Gordon Willis Willis Gordon Program Director Survey methods; Questionnaires design; Pretesting; Physician surveys; Human subjects protection; Cancer risk factor epidemiology TCRB, HCIRB
Kimberly Woodhouse Woodhouse Kimberly Program Specialist HBRB
Jennifer Zink Zink Jennifer Cancer Prevention Fellow Pediatric Energy Balance Behaviors; Childhood Obesity; Primary Cancer Prevention HBRB