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 an implementation science primer for cancer control practitioners, a funding opportunity linking connected health technology with improved health outcomes for cancer survivors, as well as enhancement of 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 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 four additional NCI Merit Awards for exemplary contributions to NCI publications, as well as Cancer Information Service.

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

Select Publications


  • Practitioner-centered research
  • Building capacity for increased uptake of evidence-based interventions
  • Public health nutrition programs
  • Long-term health outcomes for cancer survivors