Staff: Jennifer L. Guida, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Jennifer L. Guida

Jennifer L. Guida, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Former Fellow, Currently Employed within the Program

Program Director

NOTE: Dr. Guida is a Program Director in the Behavioral Research Program. This page reflects her time as a fellow; find her staff profile here.

Jennifer Guida, Ph.D., M.P.H., was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch of the Behavioral Research Program from 2017-2020. Dr. Guida's research interests focused on the intersection between aging, cancer, cancer treatment. In particular, she was interested in the role of psychosocial factors that impact quality of life and lead to aging endpoints for cancer survivors. Her empirical work includes utilizing longitudinal social network methods to understand how the social networks of cancer survivors evolve over time and their impacts on health. Dr. Guida was also interested in lifestyle interventions to improve cancer and aging-related outcomes.

Dr. Guida earned her doctorate degree in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and received an M.P.H. from the University of Colorado. She also holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Arizona State University.

"Where are they now?": Following up with past BRP fellows
Updated June 2021

Current Title
Program Director
Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch, Behavioral Research Program, NCI

How has your BRP fellowship influenced your career?
The BRP fellowship influenced my career choice so much. During my time as a BRP fellow, I was able to be involved in the cancer and aging initiative. Through this work, I learned what a program director does and how they develop new areas of science. I found the work really fascinating. I loved being able to see the 40,000-foot view of what needed to be done to develop this new area. I enjoyed learning from and interacting with experts in the field and working with investigators. Collectively, these are the reasons I became a program director myself and it was the best decision I could have made.

Describe a favorite memory or two from your fellowship experience.
I can't pinpoint just one favorite memory, but the friendships I've formed with other fellows in BRP made for a really positive fellowship experience, some of whom are now program directors at the NCI or other institutes, so we've kept in contact and its been fun to hear about their new endeavors.

Describe your current position, your current organization, and what you do.
I am a Program Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute where I oversee a portfolio of research related to cancer and aging. My research focuses on using biological and clinical measures of aging to understand the impact of cancer and cancer treatments on aging outcomes, like frailty and cognitive impairment, and design strategies to reverse or mitigate treatment-related effects.

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

  • Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship, National Cancer Institute (2019)
  • Cancer Prevention and Policy Fellowship Exchange, Cancer Research UK / National Cancer Institute (2019)
  • Young Investigators Colloquium Scholar, American Psychosomatic Society (2018)

Publications from Fellowship Work

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Paige Green.

Current and/or past BRP mentees include Brennan Streck.

Selected Publications and Presentations

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