Dr. Bradford W. Hesse has been named chief of the Health Communication
Research Branch in the Behavioral Research Program of the Division of Cancer Control and Population
Sciences, NCI. He has been with NCI for 3 years, first as a health scientist administrator in the branch for a year and then as acting chief for the past 2 years.
Hesse received his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1988 from the University of Utah, where he studied the interpersonal aspects of computer-mediated communication. He then served as a member of the committee for social science research on computing at Carnegie Mellon University and went on to co-found the Center for Research on Technology at the American Institutes for Research in Palo Alto, Calif.
As a contractor before coming to NCI, he directed projects for the Departments of Education and Labor, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIH. He has consulted for Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, Xerox, Microsoft, Sun and Netscape and serves on the board of advisors for the American Psychological Association’s online resource, PsycINFO.
Among his current responsibilities, Hesse serves as program director for NCI’s Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research and is director of the biennial Health Information National Trends Survey. Since coming to NCI, he has focused on using the power of health information technologies to help lessen the burden of cancer.
“Brad’s two decades of research and development
experience in health communication, health informatics, survey methodology and user-centered computing provide an ideal foundation for his leadership of this critical and rapidly growing area,” said Dr. Robert Croyle, DCCPS director.