Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPH
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPH is Alumni Distinguished Professor and dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
She also is the author of over 265 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has explored multiple areas, especially motivating people to be screened for cancer and enhancing their informed decision making.
Dean Rimer is the first woman and behavioral scientist to chair the National Cancer Institute's National Cancer Advisory Board. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2008 and appointed by President Obama to chair the President’s Cancer Panel in 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for her cancer control research.
Honors and Awards
Order of the Golden Fleece
2013, UNC-Chapel Hill
Blue Ribbon Gala Honoree
2013, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Order of the Grail-Valkyries
2012, UNC-Chapel Hill
American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor
2013, American Cancer Society
CECCR Leadership Award
2011, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Elected to Institute of Medicine
2008, Institute of Medicine
Award for Health Promotion
Health Diversity Award
Distinguished Service Award
2000, American Cancer Society
Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service
John McGovern Award in Health Promotion
1999, University of Texas, School of Public Health
Distinguished Achievement Award
1998, American Society of Preventive Oncology
Evidence-based public health
2011 - present: Chair, President’s Cancer Panel (Presidential appointment)
2008 - 2015: At Large Member, Board of Directors, ASPPH (Elected)
2003 - 2015: Member, Task Force on Community Preventive Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Vice-Chair, 2004-2015)
Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice. Fifth Edition. (3 chapters co-authored with editors, 1 additional chapter co-authored). Glanz, K., Rimer, B.K., Viswanath, K (2015). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
The effect of a decision aid intervention on decision making about coronary heart disease risk reduction: a randomized trial. Sheridan, S.L., Draeger, L., Pignone, M.P., Rimer, B.K., Bangdiwala, S.I., Cai, J., Gizlice, Z., Keyserling, T.C., Simpson Jr., R.J. (2014). BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 14(14), 1-11.
Women's intentions to receive cervical cancer screening with primary human papillomavirus testing. Ogilvie, G.S., Smith, L.W., van Niekerk, D.J., Khurshed, F., Krajden, M., Saraiya, M., Goel, V., Rimer, B.K., Greene, S.B., Hobbs, S., Coldman, A.J., Franco, E.L. (2013). International Journal of Cancer, 133(12), 2934-2943.
We screen newborns, don't we? Realizing the promise of public health genomics. Evans, J.P., Berg, J.S., Olshan, A.F., Magnuson, T., Rimer, B.K. (2013). Genetics in Medicine, 15(5), 332-334.
DrPH, Health Education, Johns Hopkins University, 1981
MPH, Health Education, University of Michigan, 1973
BA, English, University of Michigan, 1970