David Berrigan, PhD, MPH, MS

Program Director Health Behaviors Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program


Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute


Research Area: Physical activity and the built environment; energy balance and carcinogenesis; ecology, evolution, and physiology of behavioral and life history traits

David Berrigan, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been a biologist in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences since 2003. He joined the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) in 2015. Previously, he served as a Cancer Prevention Fellow with funding from the Division of Cancer Prevention from 1999-2003. Before coming to NCI, he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Washington and at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the USDA. David received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Utah in 1993, a B.A. from Reed College in 1983, M.S. from UC Davis in 1987, and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley in 2000. His recent research has examined energy balance, carcinogenesis, physical activity, and acculturation using a mix of animal models, population data, and methodological studies aimed at improving survey data and incorporating GIS tools and data-layers into survey data sets. Two resources he has worked on are the Urban Sprawl Index Update (Co- Managed with Z. Tatalovich) GIS Resource Center for Cancer Research and the Measures Registry Project of the National Coalition for Childhood Obesity Research (Co-lead W/ Dr. Jill Reedy)National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research . 

He has been on the editorial board of the journal Functional Ecology, a reviewer for NIH, NSF NSERC, and other funding agencies, and a peer reviewer for many journals. He was on the program committee for the 2007 Active Living Research Conference and has received six NIH Merit Awards. David is strongly committed to research aimed at health for all via environments and institutions that foster healthy behaviors, preventive services, and health care regardless of demographic or economic circumstances.

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David Berrigan, PhD, MPH, MS