Staff: Robin Vanderpool, Dr.P.H.

Robin Vanderpool

Robin Vanderpool, Dr.P.H.

Branch Chief, HCIRB
Organization: Contact:
robin.vanderpool@nih.gov
240-276-6558

Robin C. Vanderpool, Dr.P.H., is chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As branch chief, Dr. Vanderpool leads the development of health communication research initiatives in areas such as patient-provider communication, cancer risk communication, health literacy, social/new media, and connected health.

Dr. Vanderpool's research background includes HPV vaccination, cancer screening, cancer survivorship, implementation science, and rural cancer control. She comes to NCI from the University of Kentucky, where she was a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society, part of the College of Public Health. She also held leadership positions at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, as the Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement and Co-Director of the Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility.

Dr. Vanderpool earned her Doctorate of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior, from the University of Kentucky. She received her Masters of Public Health in Public Health Education from Western Kentucky University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Centre College.


Current and/or past BRP mentees include Heather D'Angelo and Camella Rising.


Research Areas

  • Rural cancer control
  • HPV vaccination
  • Cancer screening
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Implementation science
  • Patient-provider communication
  • Community outreach and engagement

Selected Publications and Presentations

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