Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB)

Amy Subar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Branch Chief (Acting)

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

Subar, Amy, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Branch Chief (Acting)

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

Harris, Joan A.
Program Specialist

Phone: (240) 276-6816
Email: harrisjoan@mail.nih.gov

  • Not Available

Krebs-Smith, Susan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Special Volunteer

Email: krebssms@mail.nih.gov

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

Lerman, Jennifer, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.
Contractor, Program Management Analyst

Phone: (240) 276-6883
Email: lermanjl@mail.nih.gov

  • Dietary assessment
  • Dietary guidance and public health
  • Maternal and child health and nutrition

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

Shams-White, Marissa, Ph.D., L.Ac., M.P.H.
Cancer Prevention Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-5626
Email: marissa.shams-white@nih.gov

  • Nutritional and cancer epidemiology
  • Dietary assessment/patterning
  • Measurement error
  • Behavioral risk factors
  • Built environment
  • Obesity
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

Sprow, Kyle, M.P.H., C.S.C.S.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-7986
Email: kyle.sprow@nih.gov

  • Physical Activity
  • Energy Expenditure
  • Nutrition

Thompson, Frances, Ph.D.
Special Volunteer

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

Wambogo, Edwina, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-5478
Email: Edwina.Wambogo@nih.gov

  • Dietary assessment
  • Dietary patterns
  • Measurement error
  • Dietary surveillance
  • Food security

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