Margaret M. Farrell, MPH, RD

Margaret M. Farrell
Public Health Advisor

Margaret M. Farrell, M.P.H, R.D., is a public health adviser for the Implementation Science Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Ms. Farrell leads several efforts to build and advance the application of Implementation Science (IS) within cancer control practice. Her current work centers around Implementation Science at a Glance, a primer for practitioners; a funding opportunity linking connected health technology with improved health outcomes for cancer survivors; and enhancing partnerships and networks to integrate research, practice, and policy.

From 2009 to 2018, Ms. Farrell directed NCI's Research to Reality online community of practice for cancer control researchers and practitioners. Before joining the Implementation Science Team, she worked with Cancer Information Service to disseminate key NCI research findings and programs to underserved communities through key partnerships. Ms. Farrell was the lead editor of Theory at a Glance (2nd ed.), a monograph that outlines key behavior change and health promotion theories and presents case studies illustrating how to integrate these theories into public health programs.

Ms. Farrell is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s in public health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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  • Public health training
  • Implementation strategies
  • Plain language
  • Health equity and social justice
  • Nutrition and cancer control