Staff: Katrina Serrano, Ph.D., M.S.
Katrina Serrano, Ph.D., M.S.
Fellow - Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
- Office of the Associate Director (OAD)
- Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
Katrina Serrano, Ph.D., M.S., was a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Office of the Associate Director (OAD) within the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) from August 2014 to January 2017.
Dr. Serrano earned her master's and doctoral degrees in health education from Texas A&M University, and her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Serrano worked as a research manager and nutrition science writer in the private sector.
Dr. Serrano's interest in behavioral research lies within the context of health promotion and chronic disease prevention, with an emphasis on the role of energy balance and obesity on cancer risk, prevention, and disparities. She is particularly interested in expanding evidence for the mechanisms of interaction between environmental, social, and individual factors that lead to differences in dietary and physical activity patterns. This includes using and analyzing data from novel tools and technologies.
"Where are they now?": Following up with past BRP fellows
Updated October 2019
Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK
How has your BRP fellowship influenced your career?
The fellowship allowed me the opportunity to experience public sector work. It helped me to realize that I wanted a career in the government, specifically the NIH, to advance biomedical and behavioral research to improve public health.
Describe a favorite memory or two from your fellowship experience.
The best part about being a fellow is meeting other fellows with different backgrounds and experiences. I remember attending my first BRP all-hands meeting where new employees and fellows introduced themselves. I remember thinking how all the incoming fellows were from all over the US and everyone had a different background. It was exciting, and all the fellows brought in so much energy.
Describe your current position, your current organization, and what you do.
As a program director in the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, I oversee a portfolio of grants related to promoting diversity in health-related research, promoting organ and tissue donation among diverse populations, and partnering with professional societies to enhance scientific workforce diversity. I also oversee a training/travel awards program for early career investigators who are underrepresented in biomedical research and academic medicine/
Awards, Honors, and Recognitions
- 2019 NIH Office of the Director Honor Award for leadership in the development of the 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health
- Scientific and Administrative Contribution Award, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health, 2018
- Scientific and Administrative Contribution Award, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health, 2017
Publications from Fellowship Work
- Hall KL, Vogel AL, Huang GC, Serrano KJ, Rice EL, Tsakraklides SP, Fiore SM. The science of team science: A review of the empirical evidence and research gaps on collaboration in science. Am Psychol. 2018 May-Jun;73(4):532-548.
- Rice EL, Patel M, Serrano KJ, Thai CL, Blake KD, Vanderpool RC. Beliefs About Behavioral Determinants of Obesity in Appalachia, 2011-2014. Public Health Rep. 2018 Jul/Aug;133(4):379-384.
- Thai CL, Serrano KJ, Yaroch AL, Nebeling 4, Oh A. Perceptions of Food Advertising and Association With Consumption of Energy-Dense Nutrient-Poor Foods Among Adolescents in the United States: Results From a National Survey. J Health Commun. 2017 Aug;22(8):638-646.
- Serrano KJ, Coa KI, Yu M, Wolff-Hughes DL, Atienza AA. Characterizing user engagement with health app data: a data mining approach.. Transl Behav Med. 2017 Jun;7(2):277-285
- Greenberg AJ, Serrano KJ, Thai CL, Blake KD, Moser RP, Hesse BW, Ahern DK. Public use of electronic personal health information: Measuring progress of the Healthy People 2020 Objectives. Health Policy Technol. 2017 Mar;6(1):33-39.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include Richard Moser.