Dana Wolff-Hughes, Ph.D.

Dana Wolff-Hughes PhotoDana Wolff-Hughes, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator

Dana Wolff-Hughes joined the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research in June 2016 as a Health Scientist Administrator.  Her primary responsibility is to provide technical guidance and direction to research efforts related to the development and evaluation of behavioral and social outcomes using mobile and wireless health technology.  Prior to joining OBSSR, Dr. Wolff-Hughes was a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Science of Research Technology Branch at the National Cancer Institute.  During that time her focus was on improving methods for assessment and profiling of behavior from sensors (particularly accelerometers) and temporally linked contextual data, with an emphasis on the implications for cancer prevention and control.

Dr. Wolff-Hughes earned PhD in Physical Activity Epidemiology and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee.  She has expertise in health technology, exercise physiology, epidemiology, survey methodology, and statistics.  Her prior research examined how the accuracy of physical activity measures influence the dose response relationships with chronic disease with a focus on methods to better interpret and understand data from activity monitors.