Vanderpool named Chief of Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch

Robin C. Vanderpool, DrPH, has been appointed Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). HCIRB, part of NCI's Behavioral Research Program (BRP), leads the advancement of research on processes and outcomes of communication and consumer health informatics across the cancer control continuum.

"Robin's exemplary history of leadership in cancer communication and her dedication to the advancement of key public health outcomes position her well to succeed in this important role at NCI," said Dr. William Klein, BRP Associate Director.

As Branch Chief, Dr. Vanderpool will lead the development of health communication research initiatives in areas such as patient-provider communication, cancer risk communication, health literacy, social/new media, and connected health.

Dr. Vanderpool comes to NCI from the University of Kentucky, where she was a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society, part of the College of Public Health. She also held leadership positions at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, as the Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement and Co-Director of the Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility.

Dr. Vanderpool's research background includes HPV vaccination, cancer screening, cancer survivorship, implementation science, and rural cancer control. "Robin's extensive experience in a broad array of cancer control issues and partnerships will be a great asset to NCI and constituencies," noted Dr. Bob Croyle, DCCPS Director.

Dr. Vanderpool earned her Doctorate of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior, from the University of Kentucky. She received her Masters of Public Health in Public Health Education from Western Kentucky University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Centre College.

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