Erica S. Breslau, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a program director in the Health Systems and Interventions Research Branch (HSIRB), Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Dr. Breslau’s research focuses on social and behavioral science strategies for cancer control within healthcare systems, with an emphasis on breast and colorectal cancers. She conducts work on the utilization of cancer screening procedures; health inequalities among rarely and unscreened populations; improving healthcare for aging populations; management of cancer genetic testing in primary care; role of literacy in health decisions; psychosocial and contextual aspects of living with cancer, and the translation of evidence-based interventions into healthcare and community practice. Dr. Breslau’s recent investigations address screening decisions in early and late life and their relevance to over and under screening. Prior to joining the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Breslau directed and monitored behavioral research among military populations.
Dr. Breslau earned a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a doctorate degree in social and behavioral sciences from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland.