Aubrey Van Kirk Villalobos, DrPH, MEd

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Aubrey Van Kirk Villalobos, DrPH, MEd, is a Health Scientist with the Implementation Science (IS) Team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this role she will be leading a number of efforts to advance the involvement of practitioners in IS to enhance the integration of evidence-based guidelines, programs, and policies for cancer control in public health and clinical practice. Following the 2020 Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer (ISCC), she is co-leading the Capacity Building for Engaged IS priority area within the Community Participation in IS Action Group. Dr. Villalobos will also cultivate research-practice partnerships through the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnershipexit disclaimer.

Prior to joining the NCI, Dr. Villalobos served as director of cancer control and health equity at the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center where she supported strategic planning for the center’s community outreach and engagement activities and directed a multi-million-dollar portfolio of sponsored projects providing technical assistance and training to public health and health care professionals. Previously, she served as the cancer education outreach coordinator in the international outreach program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dr. Villalobos’s scientific and programmatic interests include social and structural influences on health behaviors and inequities, particularly related to primary cancer and chronic disease prevention and early detection. Her mixed methods dissertation research focused on social norms and breastfeeding among African American women and was supported by fellowships from the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health Clara Schiffer Project. She has expertise in social/behavioral science; community engagement and partnership-building; policy, systems, and environmental change for health promotion; and clinician, professional, patient and community education. 

Dr. Villalobos received a Doctor of Public Health in health behavior from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she also earned a Master of Public Health in health promotion. She holds a Master of Education from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN and a Bachelor of Science in biological chemistry from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. 


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  • Ayers K, Klosky J, Li Z, Villalobos A. Evaluation of the St. Jude Cancer Education for Children Program on Cancer Risk Awareness, Attitudes, and Behavioral Intentions Among Fourth-Grade Science Students: Comparisons Between Racially Identifiable/High-Poverty Schools and Racially Diverse/Affluent Schools.J Cancer Educ. 2020;35(2):380-387. doi:10.1007/s13187-019-1476-3

  • Harvey A, Zhang Z, Phillips S, Suarez R, Dekle L, Villalobos A, Pratt-Chapman M. Initial Outcomes of an Online Continuing Education Series Focused on Post-treatment Cancer Survivorship Care.J Cancer Educ. 2020;35(1):144-150. doi:10.1007/s13187-018-1453-2

  • Moore A, Villalobos A, Gardner AL, Staples C, Shafir S. Leveraging the strength of comprehensive cancer control coalitions to support policy, systems, and environmental change.Cancer Causes Control. 2019;30(10):1033-1044. doi:10.1007/s10552-019-01215-w

  • Villalobos A, Phillips S, Zhang Y, Crawbuck GSN, Pratt-Chapman ML. Oncology healthcare provider perspectives on caring for diverse patients fifteen years after Unequal Treatment.Patient Educ Couns. 2019;102(10):1859-1867. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.030

  • Phillips S, Villalobos A, Crawbuck GSN, Pratt-Chapman ML. In their own words: patient navigator roles in culturally sensitive cancer care.Support Care Cancer. 2019;27(5):1655-1662. doi:10.1007/s00520-018-4407-7

  • Love B, Benedict C, Villalobos A, Cone JN. Communication and comprehensive cancer control coalitions: lessons from two decades of campaigns, outreach, and training.Cancer Causes Control. 2018;29(12):1239-1247. doi:10.1007/s10552-018-1122-0

  • Ayers K, Li Z, Quintana Y, Villalobos A, Klosky JL. St. Jude Cancer Education for Children Program: The Impact of a Teacher-Led Intervention on Student Knowledge Gains.J Cancer Educ. 2017;32(4):808-813. doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1010-9

Last Updated
February 01, 2021