Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB)

Susan Krebs-Smith, Ph.D.
Branch Chief

The Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) focuses on (1) the development, evaluation, and dissemination of high-quality risk factor metrics, methods, tools, technologies, and resources for use across the cancer research continuum, and (2) the assessment of cancer-related risk factors in the population.

RFAB's mission is to plan, develop, direct, coordinate, and evaluate a comprehensive program of research aimed at:

  • Developing and validating tools for measuring the full complexity of a range of cancer-related risk factors across the lifespan, sociocultural subgroups, and socioecological contexts. Examples of risk factors include but are not limited to diet, physical activity, and weight management.
  • Producing data on the distributions and determinants of cancer-related risk factors in the general population and among subgroups, to assist in formulating clinical and public policies that address these factors
  • Synthesizing and disseminating findings from the research supported by RFAB to the public, health care professionals, scientists engaged in cancer control, and the public health community.

RFAB Staff

Branch Name / Title / Contact Info Interest Areas

Krebs-Smith, Susan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Branch Chief

Phone: (240) 276-6949
Email: krebssms@mail.nih.gov

  • Dietary monitoring
  • Dietary assessment methodology
  • Pattern assessment
  • Multilevel risk factor assessment
  • Dietary guidance and food policy

Potischman, Nancy A., Ph.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6893
Email: potischn@mail.nih.gov

  • Biomarkers of nutritional status
  • Hormonal factors related to cancer
  • Methodological work for improved dietary assessment methods and laboratory quality control issues
  • Early life factors and cancer risk later in life

Reedy, Jill, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6812
Email: reedyj@mail.nih.gov

  • Dietary assessment/monitoring
  • Dietary patterning
  • Food environment

Subar, Amy, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6695
Email: subara@mail.nih.gov

  • Dietary assessment
  • Automated Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Recall (ASA 24)
  • Measurement error
  • Food frequency questionnaire

Thompson, Frances, Ph.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6781
Email: thompsof@mail.nih.gov

  • Dietary assessment
  • Short dietary assessment instruments
  • Assessment of past diet
  • Study design
  • Public health

Troiano, Richard, Ph.D.
Program Director

Phone: (240) 276-6916
Email: troianor@mail.nih.gov

  • Physical activity assessment/monitoring
  • Body weight assessment/monitoring

Wilson, Maggie, M.P.H.
Contractor, Research Associate

Phone: (240) 276-6702
Email: maggie.wilson@nih.gov

  • Dietary assessment
  • Dietary patterns
  • Nutrition policy

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