David Nelson is the Director of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) Branch in the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention. The CPFP is an internationally renowned postdoctoral program designed to train early career scientific researchers and leaders in the field of cancer prevention. Dr. Nelson came to the CPFP in 2008 after working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta for many years. He has conducted applied research on many topics, including tobacco, alcohol, communication, and survey methodology. He is an author on more than 100 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, and three books related to public health communication. He received his Medical Degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University, and Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Communication from the University of Michigan and the University of Delaware, respectively.
Jessica Faupel-Badger is Deputy Director of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and an alumna of this postdoctoral program. During her time in the fellowship, she received a Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from The George Washington University. Her postdoctoral research focused on the hormone prolactin and its role in human breast cancer in the Mammary Biology and Tumorigenesis Laboratory, Center for Cancer Research, NCI. Prior to coming to NCI, Dr. Faupel-Badger completed her Ph.D. in tumor biology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, MN.
Dr. Faupel-Badger joined the scientific staff of the CPFP in July 2008. She also is an adjunct member of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch and the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program (Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI), as well as an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests continue to focus on breast tumorigenesis but have expanded to include the scholarship of teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on adult education and postgraduate, non-degree granting settings.
Dr. Faupel-Badger is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Education and the National Postdoctoral Association. In 2012, she received an NIH Merit Award for her contributions to advancing postdoctoral fellowship training in cancer prevention.
Rachel J. Mandal, M.Sc., is the Public Health Analyst for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She came to the CPFP from NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), where she lead the Social Network Analysis and Health funding announcement and OBSSR’s efforts on addressing health disparities in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender populations. Her responsibilities at OBSSR also included overseeing program evaluations, budget tracking, and assisting in the management and creation of OBSSR program activities.
Prior to joining the NIH, Rachel was at The Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she worked on the “Health eCommunities” project, a study on the impact of participation in cancer-related online mailing lists on cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. She was previously a senior research associate at The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where she won the National Association of Business Economics’ Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award.
Rachel received her M.Sc. in Health, Population, and Society from The London School of Economics and Political Science and her B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University.
Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, 2011