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

Joanne Elena

Address:
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
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
  • Design and Use of Cohort Studies, particularly for Cancer Survivor Populations

Degrees

  • 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

Biography

Joanne Elena, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Epidemiologist and Program Director in the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is responsible for developing, managing, and promoting a research portfolio of grants focused on diet and lifestyle factors that influence cancer progression, recurrence and survival, and the development of second primary cancers. She is also involved in optimizing the use and design of cohort studies, incorporating new technologies to assess exposures and outcomes, maximizing the use of existing data, and manages a funding announcement that supports infrastructure needs for large cohort studies.

Dr. Elena holds adjunct appointments to the Health Behaviors Research Branch, DCCPS and Nutrition Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). She completed her Ph.D. in nutritional epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.P.H. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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