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Staff Biography

Mary Ann S. Van Duyn, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. Mary Ann S. Van Duyn, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.

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Mary Ann S. Van Duyn, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D., is the Team Leader for the Communications and Dissemination Core, as well as a Program Director within the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this role, Dr. Van Duyn coordinates the management of CRCHD’s efforts to communicate and dissemination information, products and evidence-based programs to reduce cancer health disparities to the public and scientific community. Her responsibilities also include a lead role in planning and developing a new geographically-based disparities research initiative, managing investigator-initiated grants/supplements, and co-managing the Patient Navigation Research Program.

Prior to her appointment at CRCHD, Dr. Van Duyn served as Chief of the Health Promotions Branch in the NCI Office of Communications, and as a Project Director for NCI-related energy balance projects. Her work over the last 15 years has focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of public health and cancer control communication/education and marketing programs for multi-ethnic populations, and delivery systems at community, national, and international levels.

Dr. Van Duyn received a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in nutrition/behavioral sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Van Duyn’s training also includes a dietetic internship from the Harvard affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a registered dietitian and licensed in Maryland and D.C.

Dr. Van Duyn is the author or co-author of over 25 articles published in the scientific literature and numerous published reports. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally.

Select Publications and Presentations

Van Duyn, M.A.S., McCrae, T., Wingrove, B.K., Henderson, K.M., Boyd, J.K., Kagawa-Singer, M., Ramirez, A.G., Scarinci-Searles, I., Wolff, L.S., Penalosa, T.L., and Maibach, E.W., 2007. Adapting evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity among African Americans, Hispanics, Hmong, and Native Hawaiians: a social marketing approach. Preventing Chr Dis 4(4).

“Tailoring evidence-based physical activity strategies in minority communities: One size does not fit all.” Presentation to the American Association of Public Health 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, DC, November 7, 2007.

“Breaking Down Barriers to Care: The Role of Patient Navigation.” Presentation for the Annual Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) Conference, Washington, DC, April 16, 2007.

Freeman, H.P., Vydelingum, N.A., and Van Duyn, M.A.S., editors. “National Cancer Institute Special Populations Networks: Achievements and Lessons Learned 2000-2005.” Supplement published in Cancer: 107/8, October 15, 2006.

Van Duyn, M.A.S., Reuben, S., and Macario, E, 2006. Special Populations Networks for cancer awareness, research and training program: themes and lessons learned. Cancer 107(8 Suppl):1945-54.

Maibach, E.W., Van Duyn, M.A.S., and Bloodgood, B, 2006. A marketing perspective on disseminating evidence-based approaches to disease prevention and health promotion. Prev Chron 3(3): Jul. Available from: URL:

Wingrove, B., Van Duyn, M.A.S., Bloodgood, BA, and McCrae, T. “Adapting Evidence-based Physical Activity Practices for Diverse Communities: One Size May Not Fit All.” Abstract presented at the American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, DC, November 7, 2005.

Van Duyn, M.A.S., Wingrove, B.K., Bloodgood, B.A., McCrae, T., Boyd, J., Gallion, K., Harrison, G., Parham, G.P., and Maibach, E.W. “Reducing Cancer Health Disparities by Disseminating Evidence-based Approaches for Energy Balance Promotion.” Abstract presented at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) Conference, Washington, DC, May 24-27, 2005.

Van Duyn, M.A.S., Fridinger, F., McDivitt, J., Rothschild, M., Weber, D. “Analyzing a Marketing Database to Identify Motivationally Coherent Audience Segments for a National Energy Balance Promotion Initiative.” Abstract presented at the 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC, November 6-10, 2004.

Maibach E., Van Duyn, M.A.S., Rothschild, M., Kinney-Hoffmann, M., Fridinger, F., and Chu, J. “Using Social Marketing to Disseminate Evidence-based Energy Balance Intervention Approaches.” Abstract presented at the 2004 Translating Research into Practice Conference, Washington, DC, July 12-14, 2004.

“Increasing Awareness and Use of Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Screening Among Asian American Women.” Presentation to the National Minority Rural Health Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, May 12, 2003.

“Older Rural Women: How to Reach Them Effectively with Cervical Cancer Education Materials.” Presentation to the National Rural Women’s Health Conference, Washington, DC, September 20, 2002.

Wilcox, S. and Van Duyn, M.A.S. “Adapting Regional Brochures for National Distribution: The National Cancer Institute’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Mammography Brochures.” Abstract presented to the 8th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer, Washington, DC, February 6-10, 2002.

Updated: 08/24/09