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Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
Research Area: Social determinants of health, multilevel influences on health behavior and health communication, community health promotion, physical activity, diet, obesity, HPV vaccination
April Oh, PhD, MPH is a Health Scientist in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), where she is leading a research program in physical activity and diet communication, neighborhood and policy effects and community health promotion. Dr. Oh's research program includes examination of the context of eating and activity behaviors (policy, communication, built and social environments), multilevel communication interventions to promote HPV vaccination uptake, neighborhood environments, and social determinants of behavioral health and health disparities. Dr. Oh serves as Program Director for the Speeding Research Tested Interventions into Practice (SPRINT) program. She also currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Surgeon General.
Prior to joining the HCIRB, Dr. Oh was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc, working in support to the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Prior to working at NCI, Dr. Oh was a fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Oh was previously manager of the Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities postdoctoral program training scholars in health disparities with the Center for Advancing Health. She also worked as a staff consultant supporting state government's contract monitoring of Medicaid Managed Care programs.
Dr. Oh holds a doctoral degree in Public Health (Community Health Sciences) from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master of public health degree in health management and policy from the University of Michigan and bachelors of public health degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Oh A, Erinosho T, Dunton G, Perna F, Berrigan D. Physical and Social Contexts of Episodes of Eating and Drinking Among US Adults.. Public Health and Nutrition 2014 15:1-9.
Dwyer, L., Oh, A., Patrick, H., & Hennessy, E. Promoting family meals: A review of existing interventions and opportunities for future research. Adolesc Health Med Ther 2015 Jun 22; 6:115-131.
OH A, Chou W, Jackson, et al Reducing Cancer Disparities through Community Engagement: The Promises of Informatics. Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer 2016.
Oh A, Nguyen AB, Patrick H. Correlates of Reported Use and Perceived Helpfulness of Calorie Information in Restaurants Among U.S. Adults. Am J Health Promot 2015 Jul 9.
McSpadden KE, Patrick H, Oh AY, Yaroch AL, Dwyeer LA, Nebeling LC The Association Between Motivation and Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The Moderating Role of Social Support. Appetite 2015 Aug 29; 96:87-94.