Staff: Lila J. Finney Rutten, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Lila J. Finney Rutten

Lila J. Finney Rutten, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Former Fellow, Transitioned Outside of the Program

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Dr. Lila Rutten was a Behavioral Scientist in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB). Her responsibilities included managing/coordinating the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), involvement in the dissemination efforts of the Centers for Excellence in Cancer Communication Research (CECCR), and supporting Branch and Program activities related to the role of health communication in shaping cancer-relevant behavior. Dr. Rutten served as an active member of NCI's team of scientists since 2001, when she joined NCI as a Cancer Prevention Fellow.

Prior to her work with NCI, Dr. Rutten was an adjunct faculty member at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in the Department of Behavioral Science, and a statistician at Statistics Solutions, Inc. Her exemplary work in the field of Behavioral Science and commitment to cancer prevention and communication research has earned her several awards including a 2006 Performance Award from SAIC, Inc.; 2003 Merit Award from NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program; and Outstanding Dissertation Award at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 2002 meeting.

Dr. Rutten attained her Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, her Doctorate and Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Miami University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bemidji State University.


Current and/or past BRP mentors include Bradford Hesse.


Selected Publications and Presentations