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Colleen McBride, PhD


Colleen McBride, PhD, is a senior investigator and chief of the newly formed Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health. The SBRB is an intramural research program with the mission of conducting a broad spectrum of research to understand how to best apply genomic discoveries to improve health and well-being. Before coming to NHGRI, Dr. McBride spent 8 years leading Duke University's Cancer Prevention, Detection and Control Research Program. Dr. McBride is a behavioral epidemiologist and is nationally recognized for her research in the development and evaluation of self-directed behavior change interventions. She has developed and evaluated large randomized trials; a number of proactively delivered behavior change interventions for smoking, diet, and physical activity; and motivational adjuncts, including genetic susceptibility testing.

Dr. McBride received her doctorate in behavioral epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1990.

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