Margaret M. Farrell, MPH, RD

Margaret M. Farrell
Public Health Advisor

Margaret M. Farrell, MPH, RD is a Public Health Advisor 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).

Margaret provides programmatic leadership of and strategic planning for evidence-based cancer control initiatives on the regional, state, and local level. From 2009 to 2018, Margaret directed NCI's Research to Reality online community of practice for cancer control researchers and practitioners. Prior to 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. Margaret was the lead editor of Theory at a Glance (Second Edition), a monograph which outlines key behavior change and health promotion theories and presents case studies illustrating how these theories can be integrated into public health programs.

Margaret has received numerous awards through the years, including the HHS Plain Language Award and NIH Director's Award for her citizen-centered collaboration to communicate the risk effects of nuclear weapons testing to the public. She received three additional NCI Merit Awards for exemplary contributions to NCI publications as well as Cancer Information Service.

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

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  • Communities of practice
  • State and community interventions
  • Public health nutrition programs
  • Cancer control policy and media