Dr. Klabunde joined the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) in January 2015 as a Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention. In this role, she leads the effort to identify prevention research areas for investment across the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves as the NIH liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Klabunde is also the scientific advisor for the ODP’s Pathways to Prevention Program.
Before assuming these responsibilities, she was an Epidemiologist and Program Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) with a background in health services and cancer control research. At the NCI, Dr. Klabunde conducted research to evaluate the organization and delivery of cancer care, with an emphasis on cancer screening delivery in primary care practice. She has expertise in designing and implementing probability sample surveys that assess health care provider knowledge, attitudes, recommendations, and practices regarding various aspects of cancer control. In addition, Dr. Klabunde served as the NCI’s scientific coordinator for the cancer control supplement to the National Health Interview Survey from 2008 to 2014. She also developed and managed an extramural research program to improve the utilization, delivery, and outcomes of colorectal cancer screening in the United States.
Dr. Klabunde earned a Doctor of Philosophy in health policy and management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master of Health Science and a Master of Business Administration in health services administration from the University of Florida.