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David E. Nelson, MD, MPHDavid E. Nelson, M.D., MPH

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 M. Faupel-Badger, Ph.D., MPHJessica M. Faupel-Badger, Ph.D., MPH

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.Rachel J. Mandal, M.Sc.

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.


Nicole M. Hollis, MBA, Program Specialist

Nicole M. Hollis is a Program Specialist for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. She received her BS in Marketing and her MBA from the University of Maryland. In addition, she has completed 6 years of language studies in Spanish at the Berlitz School of Language. Prior to joining the CPFP staff, Nicole served as a Public Information Coordinator for the National Library of Medicine, working with several outreach program initiatives throughout the country, which included Native American and Hispanic communities. Through her commitment to health information outreach and consumer health education, Nicole received her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2010, and served as a keynote speaker at the 2010 Inaugural NIH Health & Wellness Expo.


Tiffany Bates, Staff Assistant

Tiffany Bates is a Program Assistant in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. She previously worked for NIH as a Secretary for the Women's Cancer Section in the Lab of Molecular Pharmacology. In addition, Tiffany is currently enrolled in Australasian College of Health Sciences where she is pursuing Holistic Medicine.


Studly Auguste, Program Assistant

Studly Auguste is a program assistant in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Before coming to CPFP Studly worked at the National Human Genome Research Institute, within the Social and Behavioral Research Branch as a research assistant. Studly is a Howard University graduate.


Ellen Jaffe, Administrative Assistant

Ellen Jaffe is a program assistant for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. Before coming to the Fellowship Program, Ellen was a secretary to the Director in the Office of Centers, Training and Resources dealing with a variety of cancer programs.



Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, 2011

CPFP 2011 Participants

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