Linda Nebeling, PhD, MPH, RD

Deputy Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program


Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute


Research Area: Nutrition, energy balance, health promotion, cancer prevention

Linda Nebeling, Ph.D., MPH, RD, FAND is the Deputy Associate Director of the Behavioral Research Program (BRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is the Lead Scientific Program Director for the Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Centers initiatives and the Principal Investigator for NCI's Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health and Eating (FLASHE) study. Past roles include Acting Associate Director of BRP, Branch Chief of the Health Behaviors Research Branch, and the Public Health Nutritionist in NCI's National 5-A-Day for Better Health Program, and was a post-doctoral fellow in NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Her research interests are in transdisciplinary science, energy balance, obesity and cancer; and the relationship between dietary behaviors in different population groups and the risk of cancer and chronic disease. She pioneered research on the effects of a ketogenic diet on tumor glucose metabolism in children with brain cancer. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, co-edited a textbook, and is a reviewer for many professional journals. She has received the NIH Directors award for work with the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), the NIH Merit Award for her leadership on TREC, and the NCI Outstanding Mentor Award to acknowledge exemplary mentoring and guidance of trainees in cancer research, plus 7 additional NCI Merit Awards for exemplary contributions in the field of nutrition and health promotion. In 2001, she was awarded the status of Fellow by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr. Nebeling received her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health and Hygiene, a B.S in Nutrition from Michigan State University, and a M.S in Human Nutrition from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a graduate of the Dietetic Internship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

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