Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Christine Hunter is the Deputy Director for the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health. In that role, she supports the OBSSR mission to enhance the impact of health-related behavioral and social sciences research, coordinate and integrate these sciences within the larger NIH research enterprise, and communicate health-related behavioral and social sciences research findings. Christine previously served as the Director of Behavioral Research focused on obesity and diabetes prevention and treatment at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Hunter obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis and completed her psychology internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology and attained Board Certification in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining NIDDK as a Public Health Service officer, she served on active duty for ten years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of clinical, management, research, and policy positions. Dr. Hunter's research interests are across the translational spectrum and include an emphasis on advancing measurement precision and the application of rigorous but varied methods and designs in the behavioral and social sciences. With the goal of developing and testing more targeted and efficacious health behavior change interventions, she’s interested in research to uncover mechanisms of behavior change, understand individual differences in treatment response, and translate basic science finding in to meaningful human application. She is also interested in implementation science to more rapidly advance the reach, uptake, adaptation, and scale up of effective approaches to improve health and mental health into routine care, community settings, and public health practice.