Upcoming Events

HINTS Data Users Conference

September 13–14, 2018
Bethesda, MD

We are accepting registrations and abstract submissions for the fifth HINTS Data Users Conference exit disclaimer, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Please join us as we present and discuss research using Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) data and highlight the role of HINTS research in public health and clinical care.

For more information, visit the Scientific News from BRP newsletter.

Past Events

Society of Behavioral Medicine
39th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

April 11-14, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana

Several BRP program directors and fellows presented at the 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine exit disclaimer on April 11-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. View a list of our staff’s presentations at symposia, seminars, roundtable discussions, and posters.

2017 New Grantee Workshop Overview

The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) hosted the 2017 DCCPS New Grantee Workshop on September 18-19, 2017.

The workshop brought together new extramural investigators funded by DCCPS who received their first NIH Research Project Grants (R01) in FY 2016 and FY 2017. The primary goals of the workshop were to help build a strong and vibrant cancer control research program and to help advance new investigators’ careers.

You can find more information on the 2017 New Grantee Workshop Overview page.

Professional Development Workshop for Early-Career Investigators
in Behavioral/Social Science Research and Cancer Prevention and Control

August 10-11, 2017
Rockville, Maryland

The Behavioral Research Program hosted a workshop on August 10-11, 2017, in Rockville, Maryland, to enhance professional development of the next generation of behavioral and social scientists in cancer prevention and control.

Contact Information: Please send questions to Gina Tesauro at

21st Century Early Career Investigators

Keynote Presentations

Title Presenter
Behavioral and Social Science in Cancer Control Research (PDF 2 MB) William Klein, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
Catherine Alfano, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society
Emerging Issues for the Next Generation of Behavioral and Social Scientists? (PDF 1.2 MB) William Riley, Ph.D.
NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research


Title Presenter
How to Discuss Your Research Idea and Make It Compelling in 3-5 Minutes (PDF 142 KB) David B. Buller, Ph.D.
Klein Buendel, Inc.
With All These R’s, Which One Is Right for Me? (PDF 239 KB) Wen-ying Sylvia Chou, Ph.D., M.P.H.
National Cancer Institute
Amy McQueen, Ph.D.
Washington University
All About Review (PDF 205 KB) Yvonne Prutzman, Ph.D., M.P.H.
National Cancer Institute

Panel Discussions – Introductory: Nuts and Bolts of Application

Title Presenter
Putting It All Together: How to Get Started When Staring at a Blank Screen (PDF 721 KB) Kristi D. Graves, Ph.D.
Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Putting It All Together: The Components of an NIH Grant Application (PDF 163 KB) Elliot J. Coups, Ph.D.
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Panel Discussions – Advanced Nuts and Bolts: Challenges and Rewards in Conducting NIH and Other Funded Research

Title Presenter
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in BSS and Cancer Prevention and Control Research (PDF 1.2 MB) Susan Eggly, Ph.D.
Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute
Building Your Research Team (PDF 410 KB) Kurt M. Ribisl, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Building a Meaningful Research Portfolio in Cancer Prevention and Control Research (PDF 1.4 MB) James F. Thrasher, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina

Panel Discussions – Strategic Grant Funding: Behavioral and Social Sciences Funding 101

Title Presenter
Tips to Build and Sustain a Program of Research (PDF 169 KB) Elva M. Arredondo, Ph.D.
San Diego State University
Lisa Klesges, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation (PDF 359 KB) Steven J. Breckler, Ph.D.
National Science Foundation
Early Career Investigator Workshop for Behavioral and Social Scientists in Cancer Prevention and Control (PDF 249 KB) Elvan Daniels, M.D., M.P.H.
American Cancer Society
NCI Funding Opportunities to Increase Diversity in Cancer Research (PDF 543 KB) Alison Lin, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
NCI Training Grants (PDF 714 KB) Susan N. Perkins, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute

Myth Busters

Title Presenter
Myth Buster #3: Once the Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07) Expires, There is no Other Training Mechanism for BSS Researchers (PDF 214 KB) Susan N. Perkins, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
Myth Buster #4: NIH is a faceless bureaucracy (PDF 280 KB) Mimi Lising, M.P.H.
National Cancer Institute
Myth Buster #5: I blew it – my score/percentile is awful...should I give up? (PDF 3.4 MB) Erik Augustson, Ph.D.
Deborah Greenberg, M.S.
National Cancer Institute

2017 Sandpit Workshop: Knowledge Integration Across Health Domains, Professions, and Nations to Advance Cancer Prevention

April 24-26, 2017
Potomac, Maryland

The National Cancer Institute hosted a “Sandpit” workshop (i.e., ideas lab) that brought together a broad, multidisciplinary group of participants. Participants were encouraged to collaborate on innovative ideas for integrating knowledge across health behaviors, research fields, and national contexts in order to advance cancer control and prevention. Health behaviors often co-occur and have shared determinants at multiple levels (e.g., biological, individual, relational, environmental). However, research programs frequently examine and intervene on single health behaviors without systematically integrating knowledge across behaviors. Through an intensive, interactive, and collaborative experience that brought together researchers from different disciplines and national contexts, the Sandpit workshop aimed to facilitate the development of research ideas that cut across behavioral domains, professional sectors, and geographic boundaries to cultivate new insights across five key cancer-related health behaviors: tobacco use, alcohol consumption, dietary behavior, physical activity, and UV exposure.

The intensive three-day residential workshop took place April 24-26, 2017, in Potomac, Maryland, and provided participants with an opportunity to:

  • Network and form collaborations spanning different research areas, organizations, and nations.
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams to generate innovative project ideas.
  • Receive guidance on applying for seed funding from Cancer Research UK to test the feasibility of their ideas.

US and UK teams developed five focus areas.

  1. Advancing Cancer Prevention Pricing Interventions across the UK and US: Optimizing Message Framing (Rachel Carey, David Conway, Joseph Lee, Elisa Trucco)
  2. Changing How People Think and Feel about Cancer Prevention Behaviors: Translating Neuroscience into Population Health (Elisa Trucco, Laura Martin, Sara Levens, Nina Cooperman, Austin Baldwin, Noreen Mdege, Angelos Kassianos)
  3. Incentivized smoking cessation for tobacco treatment-resistant diabetics (Sydney Martinez, Fiona Mitchell, Sammy Quaife)
  4. Project HATCH – Staying Healthy After Childbirth: A cross-national study to support smoking abstinence and inter-related cancer-prevention behaviours among postpartum women (Caitlin Notley, Angelos Kassianos, Dian Nostikasari, Claire Spears, Allison Kurti, Jamie Payton)
  5. RESET Sleep: Regulating Exercise, Substance Use, and Eating through Sleep (Jennifer Taber, Beth Smith, Tapio Paljarvi, Brinda Rana, Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Darren Mays)

Network on Biobehavioral Pathways in Cancer Capstone

September 15-16, 2016
Rockville, Maryland

The Network on Biobehavioral Pathways in Cancer sought to accelerate the translation and communication of biobehavioral discoveries that advance clinical cancer care. Specifically, the network’s researchers explored how psychological phenomena such as stress might affect the biology of cancer and disease outcomes. The capstone meeting brought together all of the funded researchers within the network and gave them the opportunity to present their findings.


Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu

Nathan Berger

Julienne Bower

Erin Costanzo

Wenwei Hu

Jamie Jacobs

Jennifer Knight

Philip Kragel

Donald Lamkin

Kelley Madden

Erica Sloan

Anil Sood