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Vicki Benard, PhD

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Vicki Benard, PhD, is the Branch Chief of the Cancer Surveillance Branch in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Prior to assuming her current position, Dr. Benard was an epidemiologist and team lead in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s (DCPC’s) Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. Her research focuses on cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV). She leads an educational intervention study examining HPV co-testing in Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

Dr. Benard did her undergraduate work in statistics and math at the University of South Alabama, and earned her doctorate in biometry and epidemiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. She first joined DCPC in 1998 as a contractor working with the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) to conduct a needs assessment of epidemiologic capacity in cancer control. Two years later, she became a staff epidemiologist. Much of her research has examined cervical cancer control and screening practices within the NBCCEDP, and she is well published on these issues.

The most recent articles Dr. Benard has first-authored include—