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
  • Chief, Life Skills Enhancement Center and Behavioral Medicine ServiceKeesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base1997-2000
  • Chief ResidentWilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base1996-1997
  • Ph.D.The University of Memphis1997

Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP

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

Current Responsibilities & 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: 1) basic behavioral science in humans to understand mechanisms of behavior change and identify psychological or behavioral phenotypes that explain individual differences in outcomes or response to intervention, 2) translation of basic behavioral science findings through the development and testing of novel behavioral interventions.

​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: Treatment, Prevention, and Complications
This program supports both basic and clinical studies aimed at addressing the prevention, treatment, and pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 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 ResearchMember
  • 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
  • OppNetSteering Committee Member
  • Science of Behavior Change; Common Fund ActivityImplementation Team Member