Irene Prabhu Das


Irene Prabhu Das is a Health Scientist/Program Director in the Outcomes Research Branch of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. She earned her PhD in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina and her MPH in Epidemiology from UCLA. Dr. Prabhu Das' broad experience in cancer prevention and control includes four years of intervention research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, coordinating breast and cervical cancer research projects, and over 14 years of public health practice at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, as epidemiologist, surveillance and evaluation coordinator, and as Director for the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Her focus in South Carolina was building academic/research partnerships to integrate research in program management, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Dr. Prabhu Das joined the NCI in 2006 as a Public Health Advisor on the Dissemination and Diffusion Team, in the Office of the Director within DCCPS. Her work involved characterizing cancer survivorship priorities at the state level, facilitating the dissemination, adoption and implementation of evidence-based interventions via the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T., and dissemination and implementation research. Between 2009- 2013, she coordinated the evaluation of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) pilot initiative and led a subsequent NCCCP program evaluation examining research collaborations of community cancer centers. Currently, she is a program director for the Cancer Care Delivery Research component of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a consortium of seven Research Bases and 46 community oncology practices, hospitals, and integrated health systems to support NCI’s clinical trials program and cancer care delivery research in community-based oncology practice.

Her research and programmatic interests include studying the role and effects of multidisciplinary cancer treatment planning, implementation science within the multi-level cancer care delivery context, and understanding the contributions and potential of e-health applications in health systems in collaboration with the Behavioral Research Program.