Staff: Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., R.D.

Tanya Agurs-Collins

Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., R.D.

Program Director
Organization: Contact:
collinsta@mail.nih.gov
240-276-6956

Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., R.D., is a Program Director in the Health Behaviors Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this capacity, she is responsible for directing, coordinating, and managing a research grant portfolio in diet, physical activity, and weight-loss behavioral interventions for cancer prevention and survival. Dr. Agurs-Collins' research focuses on race and ethnic disparities in dietary intake and obesity on cancer risk and survival. She is also interested in understanding individual genetic variation in diet and physical activity behaviors and response to weight loss interventions.

Dr. Agurs-Collins has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in epidemiology and a master's degree in Public Health Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Howard University in Washington, DC. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Agurs-Collins was an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Howard University Cancer Center. She is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Current and past BRP mentees include Sara Tamers, Doratha Byrd, and Shakira Nelson.


Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB)


Research Areas

  • Lifestyle factors
  • Biomarkers and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations
  • Gene-behavior interactions
  • Obesity and cancer risk
  • Health Disparities

Selected Publications and Presentations