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Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

Chief, Communications Team
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics
Office of the Director

NCI Shady Grove | Room 7E-434

What is the Connect for Cancer Prevention Study?

Jennifer Loukissas serves as the Chief of the Communications Team in the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Ms. Loukissas helps DCEG investigators and trainees to transmit their research findings to a variety of lay audiences including news media, research advocates, the general public, the United States Congress, and other government agencies.

Ms. Loukissas manages science communications for the Division, including oversight of digital media, crisis communications, recruitment materials for study populations, media relations, video production, development and testing of user interface for risk-assessment tools, and communications strategy for major initiatives, including the Connect for Cancer Prevention Study. She also mentors fellows through the National Cancer Institute Communications Fellowship Program.

Ms. Loukissas serves on the DCEG Anti-racism and Inclusivity Working Group, the NCI Equity Council Working Group 5, the NCI Racial and Ethnic Equity Plan (REEP) Implementation Committee, and the Redesign Advisory Team. Previously, she served on the NCI Digital Communications Working Group, and the NIH Administrative Training Committee.

Within the cervical cancer prevention landscape, Ms. Loukissas has served as co-chair of the Communications Working Group and member of the Steering Committee for the 2019 ASCCP Risk-based Management Consensus Guidelines to Prevent Cervical Cancer, member of the American Cancer Society Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative patient engagement working group, and the Federal Cervical Cancer Collaborative in partnership with other federal agencies.

She regularly delivers workshops on science communication at the NCI and as an invited speaker at national and international scientific meetings. She has received numerous awards, including several NCI Director's Awards, an NIH Director's Award for Communications Support for the NIH Scientific Workshop on Hormone Replacement Therapy in 2002, the HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service for the Real Men Real Depression Campaign of the National Institute of Mental Health, and the IABC/DC Silver Inkwell Merit Award.

Ms. Loukissas came to the NIH in 2002 as Presidential Management Intern following receipt of a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Duke University; she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Haverford College. Prior to joining the NCI, she was a press officer and campaign manager at NIMH.