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Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

CPFP Staff

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program values the contributions of its fellows and works to provide relevant and useful experiences in research and education in return. Our staff is here to provide unwavering support and guidance to each fellow as they progress through the program.

David E. Nelson, MD, MPH


Portrait of David E. Nelson, MD, MPH

David Nelson is the Director of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) Branch in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention. The CPFP is an internationally renowned postdoctoral program designed to train early career scientific researchers and leaders in the field of cancer prevention. Dr. Nelson came to the CPFP in 2008 after working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta for many years. He has conducted applied research on many topics, including tobacco, alcohol, communication, and survey methodology. He is an author on more than 100 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, and three books related to public health communication. He received his Medical Degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University, and Master's Degrees in Public Health and Communication from the University of Michigan and the University of Delaware, respectively.

Lisa B. Signorello, ScD, ScM

Deputy Director

Portrait of Lisa Signorello, DSc, MSc

Lisa Signorello is the Deputy Director of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) Branch in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention. Dr. Signorello joined the CPFP in 2014 after having held academic positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Vanderbilt University, as well as having had significant private sector research experience. Her research is broadly focused on issues related to the macro- and individual-level factors that give rise to socioeconomic and racial disparities in cancer incidence and survival. She has authored or co-authored more than 160 articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, and two book chapters on prostate cancer epidemiology. She received her undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Hala Azzam, PhD, MPH


Portrait of Hala Azzam, PhD, MPH

Hala Azzam is an Epidemiologist in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Azzam's career trajectory has taken her from basic research in cancer to international cancer epidemiology research and multidisciplinary program management. Prior to joining the program in 2016, Dr. Azzam directed a cancer prevention and control research training program overseas. She has worked in many different organizations including NIH, USAID, University of Maryland Baltimore, and her own consulting firm. She received her Bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Kings College London University, her PhD in anatomy and cell biology from Georgetown University, and her MPH in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Azzam's research interests include the science of team science and how to foster a culture of multidisciplinary teamwork in cancer prevention and control.

Annalisa Gnoleba, MSA

Public Health Analyst

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Annalisa Gnoleba is the Public Health Analyst for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute. In this position, Mrs. Gnoleba serves as the analyst for developing and formulating short and long range public health program goals, objectives and policies. She has received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from East Carolina University in 2006 and a Master's of Science in Administration with a concentration of Public and Community Health from Trinity University in 2010.

Wynonah Sessoms

Lead Program Specialist

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Wynonah Sessoms recently joined CPFP as the Lead Program Specialist for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Before coming to the CPFP, she worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science as a Program Specialist working with the director for the Division of Extramural Research and Training. Prior to this, she served as Supervisory Program Specialist within the Division of Extramural Activities and Support (DEAS), where she managed the processes of the Program, Review and Grants departments. Her 10-year civil service tenure at the National Institutes of Health also includes working at NICHD, NIA, and CSR. She is planning to enroll in a program to obtain her BS degree in public health.

Aili Ellen Evert

Fellowship Program Analyst

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Aili Ellen Evert has joined CPFP as a Fellowship Program Analyst. She is supporting the Fellows on general issues and during their Fellows' Research Meetings, Colloquia Series, and the CPFP Summer Curriculum. She previously spent six years providing contract support to the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse projects, and to NCI on health policy and legislative analysis projects. She received her Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Washington & Jefferson College, and is currently completing her training as a Licensed Massage Therapist at the Potomac Massage Training Institute. Her future goal is to pursue graduate training in nutrition and integrative health to further educate the public about the role good nutrition plays in mental and physical well being.

Ann Maxson

Program Support Assistant

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Ann Maxson recently joined the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program as Secretary II and is assisting CPFP staff with a variety of administrative tasks. Before coming to NCI, Ann was a teacher at California High School in California, MO, where she taught courses in theatre and language arts. Prior to her time in the classroom, she was a performing artist with various professional theatre companies, including The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Saint Louis Actors' Studio, and Tent Theatre. Ann received her Bachelor's Degree in theatre and secondary education from Drury University in 2008.

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Summer Curriculum

Registration to the CPFP Summer Curriculum is currently CLOSED.

If you would like to register for classes in 2018, please return in November 2017.

There is NO COST to register or attend either course.

Last modified: 01/23/2017

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