Staff: David Berrigan, Ph.D., M.P.H.

David Berrigan

David Berrigan, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Program Director
Organization: Contact:
berrigad@mail.nih.gov
240-276-6752

David Berrigan, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been a biologist in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences since 2003. He joined the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) in 2015. Previously, he served as a Cancer Prevention Fellow with funding from the Division of Cancer Prevention from 1999-2003. Before coming to NCI, he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Washington and at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, with funding from the National Science Foundation and USDA.

Dr. Berrigan received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Utah in 1993, a B.A. from Reed College in 1983, M.S. from UC Davis in 1987, and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley in 2000. Dr. Berrigan supports a portfolio of grants and contracts concerning energy balance and cancer control with a focus on built environment, evaluation of natural experiments, and physical activity. His recent research has examined energy balance, carcinogenesis, physical activity, and acculturation using a mix of animal models, population data, and methodological studies aimed at improving survey data and incorporating GIS tools and data-layers into survey data sets. Two resources he has worked on are the Urban Sprawl Index Update (Co-Managed with Z. Tatalovich) GIS Resource Center for Cancer Research and the Measures Registry Project of the National Coalition for Childhood Obesity Research (Co-lead with Dr. Jill Reedy) National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

He has been on the editorial board of the journal Functional Ecology, was recently invited to serve on the board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and is an IC lead for the 2017 Office of Disease Prevention P2P workshop "Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity." Dr. Berrigan is strongly committed to research aimed at health for all via environments and institutions that foster healthy behaviors, preventive services, and health care regardless of demographic or economic circumstances.

Current and past BRP mentees include Britni Belcher, Kyle Sprow, Lilian Perez, and Calvin Tribby.


Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB)

Current and/or past BRP mentees include Lilian Perez.


Research Interests

  • Physical activity and the built environment
  • Energy balance and carcinogenesis
  • Ecology, evolution, and physiology of behavioral and life history traits

Selected Publications and Presentations