The Behavioral Research Program (BRP) is within the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. The program initiates, supports, and evaluates a comprehensive program of research ranging from basic behavioral research to the development, testing, and dissemination of interventions in areas such as tobacco use, screening, dietary behavior, and sun protection.
Our goal is to increase the breadth, depth, and quality of behavioral research in cancer prevention and control.
- Diet & Alcohol Use
- Physical Activity
- Sedentary Behavior
- HPV Vaccination
- Tobacco Use & Exposure
- UV Exposure
- Cancer Screening
- Genetic Testing
- Symptom Identification
- Palliative Care
- Patient Engagement
- Shared Decision-Making
- Monitoring & Maintenance
- End of Life
BRP is made up of approximately 70 dedicated staff members, contractors, and fellows. The program is located on the National Cancer Institute–Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Maryland, about 20 miles from downtown Washington, D.C.Meet our Staff
Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB)
BBPSB advances research in biobehavioral mechanisms and psychological processes to reduce cancer risk and improve outcomes.
Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)
HBRB supports and catalyzes research to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors for cancer prevention and control.
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
HCIRB advances research on the processes and effects of communication and informatics across the cancer control continuum.
Career and Training
BRP has scientific and administrative full-time federal job openings throughout the year.
The program also offers fellowships for people at most educational training levels.
Fellows work with a mentor on research projects, literature reviews, data analyses, health communication-related activities, and/or manuscript preparation. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, fully covered health insurance benefits, and a commuter subsidy.Fellowship and Career Opportunities
Shady Grove Campus
9609 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850