Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD

Program Director, Health Behaviors Research Brand, Behavioral Research Program


Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute


Research Area: Lifestyle factors, hormones, obesity and cancer risk in ethnic/minority populations; gene-environment-behavior interactions and obesity/cancer risk; policy research

Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., has been a Program Director/Nutritionist in Health Behaviors Research Branch of the Behavioral Research Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since October 2004. Before joining NCI, Tanya was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Howard University Cancer Center in Washington, DC. During that time, she conducted research in the areas of sex steroid hormones, growth hormones, nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer risk. 

Dr. Agurs-Collins received her doctorate in Nutrition, with an epidemiology focus, and a master's degree in Nutrition in Public Health from Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of the Dietetic Internship Program at Howard University Hospital and a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association. Tanya has served as a member of advisory boards and a reviewer for professional journals. She has also received several awards.

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