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Health behavior doctoral dissertations and the abstracts completed since 2006 are made available online within about one year from the date a doctoral student graduates.

The tables here list graduates, dissertation titles and advisers for students graduating between May 2013 and May 2016. Items from the earliest three years (2013-2015) are linked to the abstracts. Abstracts and dissertations from 2016 are not yet available online. Links will be added when they become available.

2016-2017 Graduates

Dissertation Title

Adviser

Andre L. Brown

Opportunity Matters: A mixed-methods study of socioeconomic status, masculinity, and concurrency among black men

Chaired by Wizdom Powell

Leslie Cofie

A Mixed Methods Study of Social Network Characteristics and Health Facility Delivery Among Women in Rural Ghana

Clare Barrington

Marissa Hall

Understanding the Role of Reactance to Pictorial Warnings on Cigarette Packs

Noel Brewer

Lauren Hill

Mental Health and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Social Networks of Young Tanzanian Men

Vivian Go and Suzanne Maman

Catherine L. Jo

The Effect of E-cigarette Print Advertisements on Smoking Cessation

Kurt M. Ribisl

Jennifer Morgan

Social Interactions about Pictorial Cigarette Pack Warnings

Noel Brewer

Allison Schmidt

Psychological Health and Smoking in Young Adulthood: Smoking Trajectories and Responsiveness to State Cigarette Excise Taxes

Shelley Golden


2016 PhD Graduates

Title

Adviser

Christine Agnew-Brune

“It’s a bad thing … but it’s a good thing too:” A mixed methods examination of technology use and cyber dating abuse perpetration in adolescent romantic relationships.

Clare Barrington, PhD

Melissa Cox

Examining bidirectional relationships between parental socialization behaviors and adolescent alcohol misuse across early and middle
adolescence.

Susan Ennett, PhD

Meridith Eastman

Profiles of reactivity to bullying victimization: Genetic and family environment predictors.

Vangie Foshee , PhD

Jaimie Hunter

Depression, diabetes, and social support.

Edwin Fisher, PhD

Allison Myers

Examining the relationships between mass media messages, public opinion, and point-of-sale tobacco control policy implementation in the United States.

Leslie Lytle, PhD

Brooke T. Nezami

Healthy weight behaviors and weight change in parents and preschool-aged children.

Deborah Tate, PhD

Tamara Taggart

Religiosity, racial identity, and sexual initiation among Black American adolescents.

Eugenia Eng, DrPH


2015 PhD Graduates

Title

Adviser

Heather D’Angelo

An Examination of community and consumer tobacco and food retail environments. Abstract

Kurt Ribisl, PhD

Melissa Crane

Improving men’s health through weight control: randomized trials testing recruitment messages and a novel weight loss intervention.
Abstract

Deborah Tate, PhD

Paul Fleming

The role of masculine gender norms in HIV vulnerability among Dominican men enrolled in a circumcision feasibility trial.
Abstract

Clare Barrington, PhD

Jaimie Hunter

Depression, diabetes, and social support.
Abstract

Edwin Fisher, PhD

Joseph Lee

Relationship between sexual minority couples and tobacco retailer density and marketing.
Abstract

Kurt Ribisl, PhD

Jennifer Moss

Concomitant adolescent vaccination: the influence of seasonal variation, school requirements, and patient-provider communication.
Abstract

Noel Brewer, PhD

Larry Scholl

Parenting for the learner stage of graduated driver licensing.

Abstract

Susan Ennet, PhD

Angela Stover

One size does not fit all: predicting subgroups of breast cancer survivors who report different physical activity and sedentary behavior patterns from pre-diagnosis to ten years post-diagnosis.

Abstract

Christine Rini, PhD


2014 PhD Graduates

Title

Adviser

Ling-Yin Chang

Examining the direct, indirect, and moderated effects of neighborhood characteristics on trajectories of dating violence perpetration.
Abstract

Vangie Foshee, PhD

Stacey Cutbush

Teen dating violence perpetration among middle school youth: the role of bullying, sexual harassment, and gender.
Abstract

Vangie Foshee, PhD

Emily Elstad

Cancer screening benefits & harms: news coverage & provider perceptions.
Abstract

Noel Brewer, PhD

Ann Gottert

Gender norms, masculine gender-role strain and HIV risk behaviors among men in rural South Africa.
Abstract

Clare Barrington, PhD

Sean M. Hanley

Community-based approaches to prevention: linking coalition capacity, community readiness, and implementation to reductions in adolescent alcohol use.
Abstract

Michael Bowling, PhD

Jessica K. Pepper

Electronic cigarettes: diffusion of a controversial innovation.
Abstract

Noel Brewer, PhD

Shyanika W. Rose

Factors influencing support for point-of-sale provisions of the Tobacco Control Act: retailer and public opinion.
Abstract

Kurt Ribisl, PhD

(Compilation of dissertation abstracts for 2014) (pdf)

2013 PhD Graduates

Title

Adviser

Paul Gilbert

A Mixed-methods investigation of alcohol use among immigrant sexual minority Latinos in North Carolina.
Abstract

Eugenia Eng, DrPH

Allison K. Groves

Prevalence and trajectories of intimate partner violence among South African women during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Abstract

Suzanne Maman, PhD

Andrea L. Heckert

A mixed-methods examination of the Influence of social conditions and social networks on the sexual risk behavior of structurally vulnerable African American male substance-users.
Abstract

Eugenia Eng, DrPH

Jiang Li

Understanding pathways to weight loss among employees and organizations enrolled in the WAY to health worksite-based weight loss study.
Abstract

Laura Linnan, ScD

Derrick D. Matthews

Socialization influences on sexual health behaviors among African American men: utilizing an inter-group and intra-group approach to health disparities.
Abstract

Wizdom Powell, PhD

Stephanie Baker White

School racial climate and racial disparities in youth sedentary behavior.
Abstract

Susan Ennet, PhD

(Compilation of dissertation abstracts for 2013 (pdf)

The department maintains this list of dissertations from the last several years.  Look up health behavior dissertations submitted since 2006 online.


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