Staff: Linda Nebeling, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., F.A.N.D.

Linda Nebeling

Linda Nebeling, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., F.A.N.D.

Deputy Associate Director
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Linda Nebeling, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., F.A.N.D., is the Deputy Associate Director of the Behavioral Research Program (BRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is the Lead Scientific Program Director for the Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Centers initiatives and the Principal Investigator for NCI's Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health and Eating (FLASHE) study. Past roles include Acting Associate Director of BRP, Branch Chief of the Health Behaviors Research Branch, and the Public Health Nutritionist in NCI's National 5-A-Day for Better Health Program. She was also a post-doctoral fellow in NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Her research interests are in transdisciplinary science, energy balance, obesity and cancer. She's also interested in the relationship between dietary behaviors in different population groups and the risk of cancer and chronic disease. She pioneered research on the effects of a ketogenic diet on tumor glucose metabolism in children with brain cancer. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, co-edited a textbook, and is a reviewer for many professional journals. She has received numerous awards through the years, including the NIH Director's Award for her work with the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), the NIH Merit Award for her leadership on TREC, the NCI Outstanding Mentor Award to acknowledge exemplary mentoring and guidance of trainees in cancer research, and seven additional NCI Merit Awards for exemplary contributions in the field of nutrition and health promotion. In 2001, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded her the status of Fellow.

Dr. Nebeling received a Ph.D. in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene, a master's degree in human nutrition from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Michigan State University. She is a graduate of the Dietetic Internship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Current and/or past BRP mentees include April Oh, Minal Patel and Mandeep Virk-Baker.

Research Areas

  • Nutrition
  • Energy balance
  • Health promotion
  • Cancer prevention

Selected Publications and Presentations