Health Behavior Alumni

Chandra Ford (PhD, 2015) gave the keynote address at the 38th Minority Health Conference. She poses here with Jani Radhakrishnan (MPH, 2017) and Marisa Martini (MPH, 2017), co-chairs of the conference. Many other new graduates played important roles in the conference.

Hannah Prentice-Dunn

Hannah Prentice-Dunn

Dear alumni,

Thanks to all of you who have been in touch with the Department of Health Behavior and shared your updates!

My priority for our section is to create opportunities for our alumni to connect with each other, with students and with the department. In the North Carolina area, we can do this through social events and networking events with students.

Thank you to the 24 local alumni who volunteered and many who attended our 2017 Health Behavior Department Career and Networking Conference on February 3rd. Alumni volunteers gave invaluable guidance to students through panels on Career Paths in Health Behavior, Marketing Your HB Skills, and a speed networking session. We have planned an informal happy hour for HB alumni in Durham this spring.

To provide networking support to our alumni across the globe, I am currently working with staff in the Gillings School Office of Advancement to enhance their alumni support services. In particular, I believe it is important to connect our early career alumni with our greater alumni network, especially in graduates’ first five years out of the program.

It was so good to see the thirty or so local alumni who came out for a social in Durham. I am always struck by how much health behavior alumni enjoy each other and the productive networking that underlies our gatherings.

Do you have any suggestions on how we can build alumni mentorship opportunities and connections to support our early health behavior graduates?

If you do, please email me at any time at again for all you do, and please keep sharing your updates with us!


Hannah Prentice-Dunn

President of the Health Behavior Section of the Gillings School Alumni Association

Thank you

We are always glad to see and network with our alumni. Many of you attended the alumni socials at APHA in November 2016 and in Durham in March 2017. The energy in the room whenever our alumni gather affirms the strength of the connections among us. We look forward to other gatherings in coming months.

The Department of Health Behavior appreciates our alumni’s engagement and generous contributions of all types.  Students value the annual Career and Networking Conference in March and the many alumni mentors and preceptors who interact with practicum students and Capstone teams every year. We also appreciate those who provide financial support, whether that means supporting the global practicum opportunities, helping establish the Jo Anne Earp Professorship in Health Behavior, or giving general support to the department. You can make a donation at any time.

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Health behavior alumni at APHA in 2016

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Selected alumni profiles

Becky Bowden, MPH, who is retired, is active in the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE).  She has been recognized for her outstanding career of service.   Read More

Dr. Rachel Shelton (MPH, 2004)  is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and associate director of research at the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University. Read More

Amy Lansky (MPH, 1991; PhD, 1996), is back at the CDC in Atlanta. Formerly she  was director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy where she serves as President Obama’s lead adviser on domestic HIV/AIDS issues.

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James Thrasher (PhD, 2005) is an associate professor of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Linda Ko (PhD, 2008) is director of the Health Communication Research Center at the Fred Hutchinson Center for Community Health Promotion.

Katherine Turner (MPH, 1996) works as a senior advisor and manager at Ipas.

DeVetta Holman-Nash (MPH, 1985) is the assistant director of student wellness services and coordinator of student academic success at Carolina. She was profiled by UNC in early 2016.

Ingrid Morris (MPH, 2003) is a healthcare developer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Edna Davis-Brown (MPH, 1975) consults with community groups in cities and towns across the nation from her home base in Maryland and is active in her North Carolina community as well.