Staff: Heather D'Angelo, Ph.D., M.H.S.

Heather D'Angelo

Heather D'Angelo, Ph.D., M.H.S.

Program Director
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Heather D'Angelo, Ph.D., M.H.S., is a Program Director in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) of the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) at NCI. Prior to joining NCI, Heather was an Assistant Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative Coordinating Center. Her research focused on using implementation science to optimize the delivery of smoking cessation interventions within oncology healthcare settings.

Dr. D'Angelo completed her post-doctoral training as an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow within BRP. She earned her doctorate in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health. She holds a M.H.S. in International Health with a concentration in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Northeastern University.

Dr. D'Angelo's research broadly focuses on reducing cancer health disparities by understanding the role of the social, built, communication, and policy environments in influencing health behaviors related to cancer risk, especially diet, physical activity, and tobacco use. Her research interests also include using multilevel communication interventions, health behavior theory, and implementation science strategies to improve the delivery of cancer preventive interventions in healthcare settings.

Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Robin Vanderpool and April Oh.

Current and/or past BRP mentees include Abigail Muro and Jacob Rohde.

Research Areas

  • Cancer health disparities
  • Multilevel health communication research and interventions
  • Place and health
  • Implementation science
  • Obesity prevention
  • Tobacco control

Selected Publications and Presentations

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