Staff: Korrina A. Duffy, Ph.D.

Korrina A. Duffy

Korrina A. Duffy, Ph.D.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award Postdoctoral Fellow
Organization: Contact:
korrina.duffy@nih.gov
240-276-6720

Korrina Duffy, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award Postdoctoral Fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch of the Behavioral Research Program. In this role, she works at the intersection of neuroscience, psychoneuroendocrinology, social psychology, and cancer-risk behaviors. As part of her involvement in a think tank on how neuroscience could address cancer control at the population level, she is reviewing the literature to draw connections across studies and make a case for how early-life adversity may affect the brain in ways that predispose people to engage in cancer-risk behaviors. In conjunction with this project, she is also reviewing the literature on how neurostimulation could be used to decrease more intractable cancer-risk behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, and overeating. In another line of research, Dr. Duffy focuses on the social psychology and social neuroscience of cancer-risk behaviors. In one project, she is applying her expertise in behavioral mimicry to the social contagion of cancer-risk behaviors. In another project, she is exploring how the effect of social isolation on the brain may mediate cancer-risk behaviors.

Dr. Duffy earned her doctorate degree in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. Her dissertation research focused on the personality characteristics, physiological consequences, and neural mechanisms associated with behavioral mimicry. She earned her bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona.


Current and/or past BRP mentors include Paige Green.


Research Interests

  • Cancer-risk behaviors
  • Early life adversity
  • Brain development
  • Social psychology
  • Social neuroscience

Selected Publications and Presentations