Staff: Heather D'Angelo
Fellow - Cancer Prevention Fellow
Dr. Heather D'Angelo was a Cancer Prevention Fellow working with mentor Dr. David Berrigan in the Health Behaviors Research Branch of the Behavioral Research Program from 2015-17. Dr. D'Angelo earned her Doctorate in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. D'Angelo holds an MHS in International Health with a concentration in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BS in Biochemistry from Northeastern University.
Dr. D'Angelo's research interests include cancer health disparities and the role of the social, built, and policy environment in influencing health behaviors related to cancer risk. She is interested in studying how policies or interventions targeted at changing the built environment might impact health behaviors, especially diet, physical activity, and tobacco use among youth. While at NCI, Dr. D'Angelo researched the impact of place on cancer related health behaviors and examined the role of neighborhood context in contributing to disparities in cancer risk throughout the life course.
Prior to joining NCI, Dr. D'Angelo worked on a variety of research studies that examined food and tobacco retail environments. Her dissertation research examined the spatial clustering of fast food restaurants and tobacco outlets near public schools in the U.S. and racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in outlet availability within walking distance of schools. She also worked on a national study examining tobacco products and marketing at the point-of-sale; an intervention to increase healthy food access in East Baltimore; and a mixed methods study examining agreements between urban corner store owners and food, beverage and tobacco companies in four U.S. cities. Dr. D'Angelo has also worked in the community as a WIC nutritionist and as a health care access case manager.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include April Oh.