Vanderpool Named NCI Branch Chief
Dr. Robin Vanderpool has been named chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute.
The branch, part of the Behavioral Research Program, leads the advancement of research on processes and outcomes of communication and consumer health informatics across the cancer control continuum. 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.
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,” said Dr. Bob Croyle, DCCPS director.
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 associate director for community outreach and engagement and co-director of the Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource Facility.
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.