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Staff Biography

Precilla L. Belin, Ph.D., M.A., M.C.H.E.S.

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
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Dr. Precilla L. Belin is a Program Director in the Disparities Research Branch within the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this role, Dr. Belin oversees both national and regional Community Network Program Centers (CNPC) awards designed to increase knowledge of, access to, utilization of beneficial biomedical and behavioral procedures related to reducing cancer disparities ranging from prevention through early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship in racial/ethnic minorities and other underserved populations. She also serves as the co-leader for the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program including Biospecimen Science (G/BMaP) where she is responsible for coordinating national activities and co-managing supplements for this multiregional team science initiative and awards within the Diversity Supplement portfolio.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Belin was a member of the Peer Review Science and Management Division of SRA International, Inc. where she served as the Scientific Review Manager for the Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) with the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), Department of Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. In this capacity, she provided scientific leadership and managed all aspects of the scientific review process for the BCRP, including SROs, configuration of peer review panels, application review process, on-site meeting logistics, and summary statement write-ups. In addition, Dr. Belin led efforts to increase underrepresented scientist reviewers, managed efforts with the internal project team's contribution to the development of RFPs and other documents for CDMRP's BCRP, and presented to the CDMRP leadership, staff, and project team.

Dr. Belin received her Ph.D. in Human Ecology with a concentration in Community Health from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she developed the first culturally sensitive breast cancer education program designed with and for African American women in the East Tennessee Region. She received her M.A. in Gerontology and her B.S. in Health Education/Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Dr. Belin's training also includes a W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, she is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Dr. Belin's research interests include cancer prevention, health education and outreach interventions among underserved and faith-based populations, community-based participatory research, sociocultural issues, and health disparities solutions.

Select Publications and Presentations

Smith K, Stillman F, Bone L, Yancey N, Price E., and Belin P (2007). Buying and selling 'loosies' in Baltimore: The informal exchange of cigarettes in the community context. Journal of Urban Health: 84(4): 494-507.

Belin PL, Washington TA, & Green Y. (2006). Saving Grace: A Breast Cancer Program in the Black Community, Health and Social work. 31(1): 73-75.

Belin PL (2005). CBPR Outreach and Research: From Community, to Agencies, to Institutions. Presented at the Witness Project of Long Island Conference. Happauge, New York.

Belin PL & Stanton L. (2004). Working in partnership and applying community-based participatory research principles to sustain a community-based project. Presented at the 132nd Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, Washington, DC.

Belin PL, Washington, TA, & Greene Y. (Nov. 2003). Saving Grace: A breast cancer prevention program in the Black community. Presented at the 131st Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Updated: 08/07/14