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
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
Caitlin Bailey Bailey Caitlin Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Nutrition; Physical Activity; Energy Balance; Adolescent and Emerging Adult Health; Health Disparities; Social Determinants of Health OAD
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
Alycia Boutté Boutté Alycia Cancer Research Training Award Fellow Health communication; Health disparities; Mental health; Built environment; Diet quality; Maternal and child health OAD
Pat Boyd Boyd Pat Cancer Research Training Award Fellow HBRB
Alexandra Budenz Budenz Alexandra Cancer Prevention Fellow TCRB
Amy Caplon Caplon Amy Presidential Management Fellow Health communication; Health education and literacy; Examining health behaviors; Dissemination and implementation science; Health disparities 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
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
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
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 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 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
Irina Iles Iles Irina Cancer Prevention Fellow Health communication; Decision-making; Risk perception; Tobacco; Nutrition OAD
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 Social psychology; Risk perception; Decision-making OAD
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
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
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
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 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
Elizabeth Siembida Siembida Elizabeth Cancer Prevention Fellow Health-related quality of life; Cancer survivorship; Patient-reported outcomes; Symptom management; Adolescent and young adult oncology OAD
Alix Sleight Sleight Alix Cancer Prevention Fellow Survivorship; Cancer rehabilitation; Health-related quality of life; Patient-reported outcomes; Lifestyle adaptation; Qualitative and mixed methods research; Transpersonal psychology OAD
Lia Sorgen Sorgen Lia Cancer Research Training Award Fellow TCRB
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 Health disparities; Social media; Patient-provider communication; Health information technology; Electronic health records HCIRB
Robin Vanderpool Vanderpool Robin 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
Kimberly Woodhouse Woodhouse Kimberly Program Specialist HBRB