Staff: Anh (Bao) Nguyen Zarndt, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Anh (Bao) Nguyen Zarndt

Anh (Bao) Nguyen Zarndt, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Former Fellow, Transitioned Outside of the Program

Fellow - Cancer Prevention Fellow
Former Organization:

Anh (Bao) Nguyen Zarndt, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., was a Cancer Prevention Fellow with the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) from June 2011 to August 2013.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Richmond, a Doctorate in Social Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Nguyen Zarndt's past research interests were focused on the intersection of gender, social class, and culture and how the interplay of these factors are associated with health outcomes. She has examined the role of cultural factors on both promotive behaviors (e.g., cancer screening) and risky behaviors (e.g., risky sexual behaviors, tobacco use, and substance use/abuse) among ethnic minority populations. She relied on community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods in devising, implementing, and evaluating interventions while working with faith-based communities. During her time as a postdoctoral cancer prevention fellow, Dr. Nguyen Zarndt worked with Rick Moser.

"Where are they now?": Following up with past BRP fellows
Updated January 2019

Current Title
Social Scientist
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)

How has your BRP fellowship influenced your career?
I was a fellow in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) and found a home in BRP. Applying principles in social science and behavioral theory, I was involved with several projects spanning a range of topics including cancer screening disparities, social gradients in health, consumer use of menu labeling, perceptions of the roles of behaviors and genetics on disease risk, risk perception, and immigrant and minority health behaviors. As a fellow in BRP, I gained experience working with several surveillance and population-based systems and surveys, strengthening my knowledge and application of complex survey designs and statistical analysis.

Because of my time as a CPFP fellow in BRP, my exposure in public health perspectives provided me with a strong foundation in addressing research using a population-based approach. This has been extremely important as a Social Scientist at the FDA's CTP where I conduct regulatory research that can inform policy.

Describe a favorite memory or two from your fellowship experience.
I loved my 1-1 mentored sessions with Rick! He was a really encouraging, thoughtful, and supportive mentor. He really cares about the fellows. I remember laughing at every meeting and there may have been some ukulele jams in some of those meetings.

Describe your current position, your current organization, and what you do.
I am a Social Scientist in FDA's CTP. I lead and coordinate research and activities in the Office of Science on scientific and regulatory policy projects. I also review tobacco product applications and evaluate them by focusing on the standards of population health.

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

  • Merit Award, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, NCI, Rockville, MD - 2014

Publications from Fellowship Work

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Richard Moser.

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