Staff: Olga Herren, Ph.D.

Olga Herren

Olga Herren, Ph.D.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Organization: Contact:
olga.herren@nih.gov
240-276-6720

Olga Herren, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Behavioral Research Program's Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB).

Dr. Herren's research focuses on examining interactions between cognition, eating behavior patterns, and biological mechanisms that contribute to obesity and cancer risk. She is interested in how cognitive functioning may impact eating behavior patterns and how biological mechanisms are influenced by these interactions to contribute to obesity and related cancer risk.

Dr. Herren's research also examines the impact of attentional control and various lifestyle factors on immunodynamics in minority populations that contribute to health disparities.

Dr. Herren is also interested in identifying differences in biopsychosocial determinants of health that contribute to health disparities, and in the influence of culture and life perspective on health behaviors.

Dr. Herren earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in neuropsychology from Howard University. She received her B.S. in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Current and/or past BRP mentors include Tanya Agurs-Collins.


Research Areas

  • Lifestyle factors
  • Biomarkers and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations
  • Health disparities
  • Cognitive-Behavioral interactions in health
  • Obesity and cancer risk

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Herren OM, Burris SE, Levy SA, Kirk K, Banks KS, Jones VL, Beard B, Mwendwa DT, Callender CO, Campbell AL. The influence of spirituality on depression-induced inflammation and executive functioning in a community sample of African Americans. Ethnicity and Disease 2019; 29(2).