Noel Brewer

Dr. Brewer a health behavior expert.

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Noel Brewer, PhD



Associate Professor, Health Behavior


Dr. Brewer is a leading expert on how people make medical decisions such as the decisions to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine or undergo genetic tests for breast cancer. Read More

He is also interested in understanding why people feel at risk and when these beliefs motivate healthy behaviors. Decisions about vaccines and medical testing are an important step to improve individual health and reduce the disease burden in communities around the world. His current work focuses on acceptance of the HPV vaccine, beliefs about harms from medical screening, and communicating the harms of smoking. Dr. Brewer  co-edited the Food and Drug Administration’s recent book, Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User’s Guide. He is associate editor of Health Psychology Review and on the editorial boards of Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Active Grants

  • Trainings to Improve Physician Perceptions and Provision of HPV Vaccine
  • Adolescent AFIX: A multi-state RCT to increase adolescent immunization by facilitating vaccine providers’ adoption of best practices
  • Multi-site HPV Vaccine Acceptability Study
  • The Adolescent Vaccine Concerns Scale: A new tool for addressing parental refusal and delay of adolescent vaccines
  • Effective Communication on Tobacco Product Risk and FDA Authority
  • Cigarette Warning Labels:  Research Synthesis and Impact on Smoking Behavior


  • United States



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