Staff: Mark D. Lowry, Ph.D., M.A.
Mark D. Lowry, Ph.D., M.A.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Mark Lowry, Ph.D., was a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow in the Behavioral Research Program's Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) from 2019 to 2022.
Dr. Lowry was interested in studying communication and its association with health behavior. As a CRTA fellow, he worked on projects associated with the NCI's Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (CLASS). He also conducted research linking CLASS with other data sources such as the FLASHE (Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating) study.
Dr. Lowry earned a B.A. with a double major in Psychology and Russian Studies from Stetson University. After graduating from Stetson, he taught English in Russia. While there, he became interested in learning more about language. He returned to the United States and earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of South Florida, focusing on how language and attention are related.
"Where are they now?": Following up with past BRP fellows
Updated October 2022
Center for Tobacco Products
Food and Drug Administration
How has your BRP fellowship influenced your career?
The BRP fellowship has given me valuable experience doing research in public health that has opened up several career opportunities. I have been able to publish research related to health misinformation, physical activity and cancer survivorship. I have also presented at conferences. NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) training has also been extremely helpful.
Describe a favorite memory or two from your fellowship experience.
I will always remember the people (fellows, program directors) I have met at NCI!
Describe your current position, your current organization, and what you do.
I am a Social Scientist at the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA. I will evaluate claims made by the tobacco industry related to products they would like to get approved. I will also conduct research related to labeling.
Awards, Honors, and Recognitions
- Collaborative Research Award for Fellows in Training (CRAFT) (2020-2021)
Publications from Fellowship Work
- Lowry M, Trivedi N, Boyd P, Julian A, Treviño M, Lama Y, Heley K, Perna F. Making decisions about health information on social media: a mouse-tracking study. Cogn Res Princ Implic. 2022 Jul 22;7(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s41235-022-00414-5. PMID: 35867169; PMCID: PMC9306418.
- Bailey CP, Lowry M, Napolitano MA, Hoban MT, Kukich C, Perna FM. Associations Between College/University Physical Activity Requirements and Student Physical Activity. Res Q Exerc Sport. 2022 Apr 19:1-8. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2021.2009431. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35438602.
- Bailey CP, Lowry M, Napolitano M, Hoban MT, Kukich C, Perna FM. Prevalence of Physical Activity Requirements Among US Colleges/Universities Participating in the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II. Inquiry. 2022 Jan-Dec;59:469580221087891. doi: 10.1177/00469580221087891. PMID: 35506661; PMCID: PMC9073102.
- Clevenger KA, Lowry M, Perna FM, Berrigan D. Cross-Sectional Association of State Recess Laws With District-Level Policy and School Recess Provision in the United States. J Sch Health. 2022 Oct;92(10):996-1004. doi: 10.1111/josh.13189. Epub 2022 Apr 13. PMID: 35416309.
- Trivedi N, Lowry M, Gaysynsky A, Chou WS. Factors Associated with Cancer Message Believability: a Mixed Methods Study on Simulated Facebook Posts. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Jun 19:1–9. doi: 10.1007/s13187-021-02054-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34145508; PMCID: PMC8213533.
- Boyd P, Lowry M, Morris KL, Land SR, Agurs-Collins T, Hall K, Byrd DA, Perna FM. Health Behaviors of Cancer Survivors and Population Controls From the National Health Interview Survey (2005-2015). JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2020 May 19;4(5):pkaa043. doi: 10.1093/jncics/pkaa043. PMID: 33134825; PMCID: PMC7583145.
Current and/or past BRP mentors include Frank Perna.