Past Events

September 12-13, 2019

Meeting Agenda (PDF 232 KB)

Medical image interpretation is central to the detection and diagnosis of many cancers. In an era of unprecedented technological advances in medical imaging and machine learning, it is critically important to understand the cognitive and perceptual functioning of the “human in the loop,” medical image specialists (e.g., radiologists, pathologists) who make the final decisions on cancer detection and diagnosis. However, medical image perception is a chronically understudied area of research. The Cognition and Medical Image Perception Think Tank brought radiologists and pathologists together with researchers working in medical image perception and adjacent fields of cognition and perception, to identify opportunities to advance the study of medical image interpretation through constructive discourse, idea generation, and problem-solving.


  1. Identify research gaps and critical unsolved problems in pathology and radiology, from the perspective of clinicians.
  2. Discuss ways to address these clinically informed questions through cognitive and perceptual research.
  3. Identify barriers that hinder collaborations between researchers and clinicians and identify potential solutions.
  4. Identify and discuss ways to elevate psychology’s profile within the medical image community.
  5. Pinpoint resources needed to facilitate transdisciplinary research.
  6. Identify future goals and identify strategies to evaluate progress.

HINTS Data Users Conference

May 22-23, 2019
Bethesda, MD

The fifth HINTS Data Users Conference provided an opportunity to present and discuss research using Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) data and to highlight the role of HINTS research in public health and clinical care.

Several Behavioral Research Program staff members presented at the 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine Exit Disclaimer held in Washington, DC, from March 6–9, 2019.

Check our curated program schedule below for BRP presentations at symposia, seminars, roundtable discussions, oral and poster presentations, and meetings of special interest groups, among other events.

Tuesday, March 5

Staff Time Title Type
Susan Czajkowski (Co-Chair) 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cutting-Edge Issues in the Design of Behavioral Clinical Trials: What Every Investigator Should Know Pre-conference workshop

Wednesday, March 6

Staff Time Title Type
Richard Moser (Co-Chair)
Kelly Blake (Presenter)
8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Use of Nationally Representative, Population-Based Datasets for Health-Related Research Course
Susan Czajkowski

Frank Perna (Presenter)
8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. The “Nuts and Bolts” of Behavioral Intervention Development: Study Designs, Methods and Funding Opportunities Seminar
Frank Perna (Presenter) 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 pm Innovative Approaches to Physical Activity Promotion and Sedentary Behavior Reduction Interventions Course
Neha Trivedi

Neha Trivedi, Mindy Krakow, Anna Gaysynsky, Katherine Hyatt Hawkins, Emily Peterson, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou (Authors)
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Trust in Health Messages on Social Media: The Role of Information Source Poster
Allie Rayner (Presenter) Allie Rayner, Alice Murray, Jess Havlak, Dannielle Kelley, Emily Grenen (Presenters) 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Writing for Results: How Social Media Message Framing Can Drive Conversions to Digital Cessation Resources Poster

Thursday, March 7

Staff Time Title Type
Susan Czajkowski
7 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions SIG Roundtable
Jennifer Taber (Chair)

Rebecca Ferrer (Presenter)
8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Boundary Conditions of Theory-Driven Health Behavior Change Interventions Symposium
Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou
8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Harnessing Social, Mobile and Sensor Technologies for Cancer Prevention Research: From Recruitment to Intervention Symposium
Kelly Blake (Presenter)

Lisa Klesges (Discussant)
8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Exploring the Lay of the Land: Assets, Needs and Opportunities in Rural Cancer Control Symposium
Kavita Iyer (Presenter) 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Examining the Integration of Basic and Applied Behavioral and Social Sciences Research over the past Twenty Years: A Pilot Study Paper session
April Oh (Presenter) 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Using Geospatial Approaches to Optimize Health Promotion Panel discussion
Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou (Discussant) 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. New Developments in Online Social Networks, Health, and Wellbeing Presidential Symposium
Camella Rising 3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. Characterizing Individuals by mHealth Pattern of Use: Results from the 2018 NCI Health Information National Trends Survey Paper Session
Neha Trivedi 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Awareness of Palliative Care in the Nationally-Representative 2018 Health Information National Trends Survey Paper Session
Laura Vercammen (Presenter)

Alice Murray, Laura Vercammen, Dannielle Kelley, Kara Wiseman (Authors)
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Identifying Engaging Characteristics of Facebook Posts within a National Smoking Cessation Campaign Poster
Kara Wiseman (Presenter)

Kara Wiseman, Kisha Coa, Laura Vercammen, Yvonne Prutzman (Authors)
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Applying Ecological Momentary Assessment to a Mobile Application for Smoking Cessation: The Impact on Engagement Poster

Frank Perna, Anne Julian (Presenters)

Dawn Holman, Kathleen Ragan, Anne Julian, Frank Perna (Authors)
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Activities and Sun Protection Behaviors Adults are Often Engaging In When They Get a Sunburn Poster

Friday, March 8

Staff Time Title Type
Bradford Hesse (Chair)

Melinda Krakow (Presenter)

Lisa Klesges (Discussant)
8 a.m.  - 9:15 a.m. The Last Mile Problem in Healthcare: How Behavioral Medicine Can Change the Narrative in Evidence Implementation Presidential Symposium
Tanya Agurs-Collins (Discussant) 8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Novel Diet Interventions That Use Self-Monitoring Technology for Feedback: Study Design and Evaluation Considerations Symposium
Jennifer Taber (Co-chair and presenter)

Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou
8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Insights into Illness Understanding and End-of-Life Decision Making Among Patients with Advanced Disease Symposium
Susan Czajkowski (Moderator) 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. To Promote Successful Behavior Change, Must Intervention Studies Target Multiple Levels of Influence Simultaneously? Mid-day Meeting; Debate
David Berrigan  (Chair)

William Klein (Presenter)
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Alcohol and Cancer: Risk, Awareness, and Communication Needs Panel discussion
Richard Moser (Chair and presenter) 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Small Is Essential: Integrating Methodological and Intervention Research in Small Populations Panel Discussion
Bradford Hesse (Panelist) 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Open Science and Behavioral Medicine: What, Why, and How Should We Engage? Master Lecture Panel
Frank Perna (Chair)

Anne Julian,
Kasey Morris,
Calvin Tribby

Jenn Nguyen (Discussant)
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Emerging Research Directions and Methodologies in Skin Cancer Prevention Research: A National Cancer Institute Perspective Symposium
Susan Czajkowski (Discussant) 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Towards a Basic Science Understanding of Research Study Refusal: Hard Reality, Untapped Area for Study, or Both? Symposium
Kelly Blake (Co-chair) 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Improving Communication In The Context Of Cancer Prevention & Control Paper Session
Katie Slacin (Presenter)

Katie Slacin, Tanya Agurs-Collins, Laura Dwyer (Authors)
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The school and home food environment’s impact on food intake and body mass index among racially and ethnically diverse adolescents Poster

Saturday, March 9

Staff Time Title Type
Cendrine Robinson (Presenter)

Cendrine Robinson, Kara Wiseman, Monica Webb Hooper, Sherine El-Toukhy, Emily Grenen, Laura Vercammen, Yvonne Prutzman (Authors)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Engagement among African American and White smokers in the SmokefreeTXT Cessation Program Poster

Christopher Wheldon

Christopher Wheldon, Ryan Watson, Jessica Fish, Kristi Gamarel (authors)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cigarette smoking among youth at the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity Poster

Several members of the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, February 20 – 23, 2019, in San Francisco.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Staff Time Title Type
Michele Bloch 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Authorship and Grantsmanship for Early Career Investigators in Tobacco and Nicotine Research

Pre-Conference Workshop

Anne Hartman 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Understanding Tobacco Use Trends: Leveraging Harmonized Data from the U.S. Tobacco Use Supplement – Current Population Survey, 1992-2015 Pre-Conference Workshop
Carolyn Reyes-Guzman 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Understanding Tobacco Use Trends: Leveraging Harmonized Data from the U.S. Tobacco Use Supplement – Current Population Survey, 1992-2015 Pre-Conference Workshop
Gordon Willis 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Understanding Tobacco Use Trends: Leveraging Harmonized Data from the U.S. Tobacco Use Supplement – Current Population Survey, 1992-2015 Pre-Conference Workshop

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Staff Time Title Type
Kara Wiseman 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Understanding Relationships Between Social Media Reach and Smoking Cessation Resource Adoption Poster
Annette Kaufman 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Use and Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Youth: Findings from Waves 1 and 2 of the PATH Study, 2013-2015 Poster

Friday, February 22, 2019

Staff Time Title Type
Glen Morgan 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Understanding Smoking in Patients with Cancer: From Prevalence to a Placebo-Controlled Trial Symposium
Mirjana Djordjevic 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Application of biomarkers for risk assessment and interventions in vulnerable populations  Symposium
Bob Vollinger 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Bringing it all Back Home: Measuring the Implementation and Impact of Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Rules
Dannielle Kelley 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Prevalence and characteristics of Twitter posts about court-ordered, tobacco-related corrective statements Poster
Elizabeth Orlan 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Characteristics of Smokeless Tobacco Users, Smokers and Dual Users in Indonesia: An Analysis of GATS 2011 Data Poster

Annette Kaufman

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Harm Perceptions and Tobacco Use Initiation Among Youth in Wave 1 and 2 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Staff Time Title Type
Mirjana Djordjevic 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Smokeless Tobacco and Areca Nut: Global Diversity of Products and Parallels in Associated Health Risks Symposium
Stephanie Land 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Polytobacco Use Prevalence by Sex, Race/Ethnicity, and Education Level: The Importance of Intersectionality Poster
Jamie Cordova (Presenter)
Jamie Cordova, Rachel Grana Mayne, Carolyn Reyes-Guzman (Authors)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tobacco Use Profiles by Asthma Status, Adults and Youth in the PATH Study Poster

2018 Sandpit Workshop: Implementing Digital Health Interventions for Cancer Prevention

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Cancer Research U.K. (CRUK) convened an invitation-only “Sandpit” workshop (i.e., ideas lab) on October 28-31, 2018, in Potomac, Maryland. Workshop participants formed multidisciplinary teams to generate novel ideas for advancing cancer prevention through the effective implementation of digital health tools. They also received guidance on applying for seed funding from CRUK to test the feasibility of their ideas.

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.

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

See a full listing of our upcoming and past webinars.