Joanne Watters Elena, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch

Joanne Watters Elena

National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E206, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

Interest Areas

  • Dietary and lifestyle risk factors related to cancer progression, recurrence, and survival outcomes


  • Ph.D. - Nutritional Epidemiology
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health
  • M.P.H. - Epidemiology
    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • B.S. - Biology
    College of William and Mary


Dr. Watters Elena is a Program Director in the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch (CTEB). Her responsibilities include developing and managing a research portfolio of grants that focuses on dietary and lifestyle factors that influence cancer progression, recurrence and survival, and the development of second primary cancers.

Before joining EGRP, Dr. Watters Elena was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch in NCI's intramural Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). She investigated dietary and lifestyle factors that influence prostate cancer risk, disease progression, and survival in large cohort studies, including the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study and the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study. In 2009, she received the NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Watters Elena is continuing her research with DCEG as an adjunct scientist.

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