Staff: Irina A. Iles, PhD, MPH

Irina A. Iles

Irina A. Iles, PhD, MPH

Program Director
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Irina A. Iles, PhD, MPH is a Program Director in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) of the Behavioral Research Program (BRP). Her scientific interests include exploring how scientific understanding of human decision making, particularly in the context of health and health behaviors, can be fostered and integrated with health communication theories and practices to design effective health messages that promote health and health behavior, correct health mis/disinformation, and communicate scientific findings. Dr. Iles is also interested in investigating strategies to better communicate scientific uncertainty to foster trust in public health authorities.

Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Iles served as a social scientist in the Office of Communications, Research and Risk Communication, which is a part of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At CDER, she engaged in qualitative and quantitative research studies on a variety of topics, including opioids, benzodiazepines and biosimilars, and, most notably, led a multi-phase project investigating optimal communication strategies to correct misinformation about FDA-regulated products during public health emergencies. She completed her post-doctoral training as an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow in BRP.

Dr. Iles received her PhD from the University of Maryland at College Park's Department of Communication, with a concentration in health and risk communication, and her MPH from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. She has a BA in communication and public relations and a BS in economics, both from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania.

Current and/or past BRP mentors include William Klein, Rebecca Ferrer and Rachel Grana Mayne.

Research Areas

  • Communication of science
  • Message effects
  • Health behavior change
  • Health-related misinformation
  • Survey and experimental designs

Selected Publications and Presentations

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