Posts Categorized: Health Behavior News

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

Linnan to study workplace health in McDowell County

July 10, 2014 A partnership with North Carolina’s McDowell County will enable Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), to study workplace health in the county. In collaboration with the McDowell County Health Coalition’s… Read more »

Nezami wins Gillings Dissertation Award

July 9, 2014 Brooke Nezami, doctoral candidate in health behavior, has received the 2014 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize funded through the Gillings gift. Nezami’s dissertation, “Healthy Weight Behaviors and Weight Change in Parents and Children Ages 3-5,” focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through a family-based approach. Nezami will use an intervention… Read more »

Powell receives APA Professional of the Year Award

July 9, 2014 Wizdom Powell, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a Professional of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association. She will accept the award at the national APA conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7-10, during which she also will present a… Read more »

Literature review finds barber shops, beauty salons to be effective venues for promoting health education

July 7, 2014 Barbershops and beauty salons have long been seen as excellent venues for handing out health information and increasing community awareness. But how effective are these settings at getting the word out and improving health outcomes? Laura A. Linnan ScD, professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health… Read more »

Powell’s NIH grant will address substance use in young adult black men

June 30, 2014 Wizdom Powell, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a National Institutes of Health grant to study how neighborhoods and daily stress affect substance abuse by black men. The five-year award is for $775,602. Powell’s research has focused upon a number of… Read more »

New studies examine e-cigarette availability, advertising effectiveness

June 27, 2014 Two new studies on e-cigarettes by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the first to examine the availability of these products nationwide and how advertisements are affecting consumer perceptions. Both were published in a special July issue of the journal Tobacco Control. The first study, “The availability… Read more »

Doctors not adequately informing patients of cancer screening pros and cons, study finds

June 25, 2014 Though cancer screening has come a long way, physicians still do not thoroughly discuss with patients the advantages and disadvantages of these procedures before decisions are made to undergo the screenings, according to a new study co-authored by a physician from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

May 26, 2014 Web-based and live counseling programs effectively can reduce risk of heart disease for patients at high risk for the disease, and Web-based programs are particularly cost-effective, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, published online May 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine, adds to a growing… Read more »