Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD
Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, is a national award-winning leader in using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to address health disparities in collaboration with communities. She is a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior.
Lightfoot co-instructs a seminar on CBPR and photovoice and teaches courses in foundations of health behavior and professional development in the Master of Public Health program. She is interested in the intersection of adolescent health disparities and educational inequities, and her current research focuses on the adaptation of adolescent sexual health interventions for new contexts. She has extensive experience using arts-based approaches to engage communities and inform intervention development and implementation.
As director of the Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance Core at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC’s CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, Lightfoot works with CBPR experts to provide technical assistance to strengthen research partnerships using Charette, a community engagement consulting model. The Charette model was awarded the inaugural UNC Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award for Exemplary Partnerships in 2012.
Honors and Awards
Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar
2016 - 2018, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thomas A. Bruce Award of Honor for Leadership in Community-Based Public Health
2015, Community-Based Public Health Caucus, American Public Health Association
HBEH 700 | Syllabus
HBEH 704 | Syllabus
HBEH 710 | Syllabus
Child health and development
Health disparity reduction
Sexually transmitted diseases
"I learned to be okay with talking about sex and safety": assessing the efficacy of a theatre-based HIV prevention approach for adolescents in North Carolina. Lightfoot AF, Taboada A, Taggart T, Trang T, Burtaine A. (2015). Sex Education, 15(14), Lightfoot AF, Taboada A, Taggart T, Trang T, Burtaine A..
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Using Photovoice to Understand Barriers to and Facilitators of Cardiovascular Health Among African American Adults and Adolescents, North Carolina, 2011-2012. Kowitt S, Woods-Jaeger B, Lomas J, Taggart T, Thayer L4, Sutton S, Lightfoot AF (2015). Preventing Chronic Disease, 12.
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Community-Guided Focus Group Analysis on Cancer Disparit. Schaal J, Lightfoot AF, *Black KZ, *Stein K, Baker White S, Cothern C, *Gilbert K, Yongue Hardy C, * Jeon JY, *Mann L, *Mouw MS, Robertson L, *Waters EM, Yonas MS, Eng E. (2016). Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, Action, 10(1), 159-167.
EdD, Administration, Planning and Social Policy Research, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1998
EdM, Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1989
AB, American History and Literature, Harvard College, 1983