Behnoosh Momin, DrPH, MS, MPH

Behnoosh Momin, DrPH, MS, MPH

Behnoosh Momin, DrPH, MS, MPH, is a health scientist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch, Scientific Support and Clinical Translation Team. Dr. Momin began her public health career as a fellow with the Association of Schools of Public Health. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia after completing her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and master’s degree in public health from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Upon moving to Atlanta, she completed her master’s degree in biomedical sciences from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus. Dr. Momin is a graduate from The University of Georgia’s (UGA) College of Public Health where she completed her doctorate degree in public health.

Dr. Momin currently provides scientific expertise to a wide range of the Division’s research studies. She served as project lead on a large American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded research study that involves a mixed-methods approach to identify promotional and cessation interventions for tobacco control in decreasing cancer rates. She also served as co-lead on a study measuring the effects of state and local radon policies. She is the co-founder of CDC’s Tobacco-Related Cancers workgroup, which promotes tobacco-related cancer epidemiological research, education, and awareness to decrease cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality. Dr. Momin currently serves as co-lead of the Vaccine Preventable Workgroup on the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership, in which CDC serves as one of 19 national organizations whose purpose is to support and provide strategic direction to the comprehensive cancer control coalitions.

Dr. Momin was presented with the CDC and ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Public Health Protection for her Cancer Prevention through Tobacco Cessation Comparative Effectiveness Research by former CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden. She is the recipient of the 2015 DCPC Future Directions Fund in which she served as project lead for the development and implementation of an evidence-based action plan for liver cancer and its risk factors for the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP). In 2018, Dr. Momin and her team engaged in a study related to the prevention of liver cancer deaths by promoting vaccination and screening among opioid users, a high-risk group for hepatitis B and C infections.

Dr. Momin is also a recipient of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. This award celebrates the professional, personal, and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates who are under the age of 40. She has also served on the editorial committee on a Special Issue of the journal Cancer Causes and Control (volume 29, number 12, December 2018) that celebrates both NCCCP award recipients’ and state, tribe, territory, and Pacific Island Jurisdiction comprehensive cancer control coalitions’ efforts and progress in advancing cancer control in the United States. Dr. Momin has authored more than 20 publications, serves as a peer reviewer for renowned journals, and has presented her research at national public health conferences. Lastly, Dr. Momin is passionate about mentoring new students and has served as a student supervisor through CDC’s Student Workforce and Experience Program.

The most recent articles Dr. Momin has authored include—

Dr. Momin offers her perspective in the blog post, A Call for Action: Responding to the Increasing Incidence of Liver Cancer in the United States.