U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Christine Hunter

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-4728
Email: hunterchristine@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Board Certified in Clinical Health PsychologyAmerican Board of Professional Psychologists2005-Present
  • ChiefAir Force Substance Abuse Program Development, Air Force Medical Operations Agency2004-2006
  • Director of Clinical Health Psychology Researchand Chief, Clinical Health Psychology Service, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base2001-2004
  • Postdoctoral FellowshipWilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base2000-2001
  • Ph.D.The University of Memphis1997

Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP

Program Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases

Current Responsibilities and Activities

As director of behavioral research, my responsibilities include managing a portfolio of behavioral research related to prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity.  This portfolio includes a broad range of research, including basic behavioral science in humans, translation of basic behavioral science findings into novel interventions, efficacy and effectiveness trials, evaluation of natural experiments in large programs or policies, and dissemination and implementation research.  I also manage the NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research. Examples of research in my portfolio include studies on adherence to medication and diabetes self-management; behavioral approaches for weight management; individual, family, and community-based interventions; technological applications to improve health (mHealth, eHealth, health information technology); health disparities; health literacy; and health care delivery/systems research.

​Research Programs

Clinical Research in Type 1 Diabetes
This program supports clinical research that addresses the determinants, etiology, progression, prevention, and treatment of type 1 diabetes in children and adults

Clinical Research in Type 2 Diabetes
This program supports studies in humans aimed at the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes across the lifespan, as well as further characterizing and understanding the mechanistic aspects of the etiology of type 2 diabetes

Clinical, Behavioral, and Epidemiological Obesity Research
This program supports clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological research in obesity

Diabetes Centers
Diabetes Centers bring together investigators in the basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences to enrich research and generate investigative resources that can be made available to the broader research community

Diabetes: Treatment, Prevention, and Complications
This program supports both basic and clinical studies aimed at addressing the prevention, treatment, and pathophysiology of hypoglycemia and diabetes

Metabolism, Energy Balance, and Obesity
This program supports research on metabolism, energy balance, and obesity

Obesity Treatment and Prevention
This program supports research on the development, testing, and translation of behavioral, medical, and surgical approaches for preventing or treating overweight and obesity in adults and children

Current Committee Memberships

  • American Heart Association's NPAM/EPI Behavior Change for Improving Health Factors CommitteeMember
  • National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity ResearchSteering Committee Representative for NIH
  • NIH Subcommittee on Behavior and Environment, NIH Obesity Working GroupCo-chair
  • NIH Behavioral and Social Science Research Coordinating CommitteeNIDDK Representative
  • NIDDK Clinical Obesity Research PanelMember
  • NIDDK Obesity Research Working GroupMember