Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD

Research Assistant Professor Department of Health Behavior
Director of Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance Core Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CDC Prevention Research Center)

T:(919) 843-3697

alexandra_lightfoot@unc.edu

1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

CB #7426

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

USA

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

Representative Courses

HBEH 700 | Syllabus

HBEH 704 | Syllabus

HBEH 710 | Syllabus

Research Activities

Cardiovascular disease
Child health and development
Diabetes
Global health
Health behavior
Health disparity reduction
Health policy
Minority health
Sexually transmitted diseases

Key Publications

"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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'What I wish my doctor knew about my life': Using photovoice with immigrant Latino adolescents to explore barriers to healthcare. Lightfoot, A.F., Thatcher, K., Simán, F.M., Eng, E., Merino, Y., Thomas, T., Coyne-Beasley, T. and Chapman, M.V. (2017). Qualitative Social Work.
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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.

Education

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