Carolyn T. Halpern, PhD

Professor and Chair Department of Maternal and Child Health

T:(919) 966-5981

carolyn_halpern@unc.edu

401 Rosenau Hall

CB# 7445

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

USA

Dr. Halpern is professor and chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a developmental psychologist and deputy director/co-investigator of the Waves IV and V National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) program project.

Dr. Halpern’s research interests center on improving understanding of healthy sexual development and the implications of adolescent experiences for developmental and demographic processes into adulthood, particularly as these relate to sexual and romantic relationships.

Dr. Halpern has nearly 30 years of research experience in the study of adolescent and young adult sexuality and risk-taking in both U.S. and global settings, and more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. She has received multiple university-wide and national awards for mentoring and academic leadership.

Honors and Awards

Recipient John E. Larsh Jr. Student Mentorship Award
2916, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recipient Loretta Lacey Academic Leadership Award
2010, National Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health

Recipient Graduate School Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring
2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Delta Omega
2007, Honorary Public Health Society

Representative Courses

Human Sexuality | Syllabus

Teaching Interests
Theoretical Foundations of Maternal and Child Health (taught 1999-2013)

Adolescent Health (taught 1999-2005)
Research Activities
Dr. Halpern’s research interests center on improving understanding of healthy sexual development and the implications of adolescent experiences for developmental and demographic processes into adulthood. Her early research focused on the hormonal underpinnings of pubertal change and how the interactions of physical, psychological and social changes contribute to adolescent sexual initiation and behavior. Her current research examines comprehensive sexual initiation patterns among youth, and the implications of those patterns for later sexual behavior and adult health. Most of her research uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), for which Dr. Halpern serves as Deputy Director.
Service Activities

Member Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for NIDDK funded clinical consortium titled Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits and Risks (Teen-LABS) study. 2016 - present

Associate Editor for Public Health and Policy, Journal of Adolescent Health (2015 – present)

Invited member, NICHD Contraceptive Research Review Panel; Chair of “Accomplishments” and “Behavior” sub-committees (2014-2015)

Associate Editor, Journal of Research on Adolescence (2013 - 2015)

Chair Multi-Disciplinary Membership Committee, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (2010 - 2013)

Member UNC Graduate School Administrative BoardVolunteer Guardian, Guardian ad Litem Program, Wake County, NC; court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children (1983 - 1999)

Practice Activities

Advisory Board Member, Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Collaboration (2013 - present)

Member, Board of Directors, Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens, North Carolina (SHIFT NC) [Formerly Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina] (2013 - Present)

Key Publications

Attachment to conventional institutions and adolescent rapid repeat pregnancy: A longitudinal national study among adolescents in the United States. Reese BM, Halpern CT (2016). Maternal & Child Health Journal.
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Description and evaluation of a measurement technique for assessment of performing gender. Fleming PJ, Harris KM, Halpern CT (2016). Sex Roles.
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Teen Pregnancy Among Sexual Minority Women: Results from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Goldberg SK, Reese BM, Halpern CT (2016). Journal of Adolescent Health, 59.
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The enduring significance of skin tone: Linking skin tone to union formation attitudes and sexual behavior. Landor AM, Halpern CT (2016). Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(5), 986-1002.
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Directions of the relationship between substance use and depressive symptoms from adolescence to young adulthood. Wilkinson A, Halpern CT, Herring AH (2016). Addictive Behaviors, 60.
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Education

PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Houston, 1982

MA, Developmental Psychology, University of Houston, 1979

BS, Psychology, University of Houston, 1976