Health Behavior Research
Dr. Suzanne Maman and Lusajo Kajula seen here are implementing a microfinance and health leadership intervention with social networks of young men in Tanzania. The project focuses on HIV and gender-based violence prevention.
Focusing on questions that matter
Faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and students conduct research to answer the questions that help us understand what we can do to reduce health risks, to promote healthy lives, and to increase the number of individuals who are able to benefit from known and emerging medical science.
Great disparities in health exist everywhere. We aim to change that by asking good questions.
Networked and collaborative by nature
The department’s network of collaborators expands the possibilities for faculty and student researchers. Collaboration begins with experts across the Gillings School, the university and UNC Hospitals, and includes state and local institutes that include health within their missions.
Faculty members are invited to advise, collaborate and lead initiatives from the White House, and North Carolina State Government, to local and global nonprofits.
Featured research publication
Dr. Marcy Boynton
In a nationally representative telephone survey of 5,014 adults aged 18 years and over, more than a quarter of participants (27.5 percent) reported having looked for information on the different components of tobacco products and tobacco smoke, many of which are known to be poisonous or cause cancer. Of those adults, 37.2 percent were young adults (18-25 years of age) and 34.3 percent were smokers.
Out of non-smokers and older adults, 26 percent reported having looked for information on tobacco chemicals.“The majority of the U.S. public wants easy access to information about the chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products,” said Marcella H. Boynton, PhD, research assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, member of UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and first author of the paper.
“Surprisingly, our results reveal that the groups one might presume to be the least psychologically motivated to look for this information – young adults and smokers – were actually more likely to say that they had previously searched for it.” Read more in the Gillings News
Research areas and faculty interests
||Noel Brewer, Susan Ennett, Leslie Lytle, Luz Reyes and Deborah Tate
|Substance abuse, including alcohol
||Marcella Boynton, Susan Ennett, Nisha Gottfredson and Luz Reyes
|Cancer prevention and control
||Noel Brewer, Jo Anne Earp, Geni Eng, Susan Ennett, Ed Fisher, Shelley Golden, Alexandra Lightfoot, Laura Linnan, Wizdom Powell, Kurt Ribisl, Barbara Rimer, Deborah Tate and Carmina Valle
|Chronic disease coping and management
||Ed Fisher, Carol Golin, Alexandra Lightfoot and Laura Linnan
||Alexandra Lightfoot and Carmina Valle
|Social networks and peer support
||Clare Barrington, Geni Eng, Susan Ennett, Ed Fisher, Laura Linnan, and Suzanne Maman
|Community-based participatory research
||Lynn Blanchard, Carolyn Crump, Geni Eng, Meg Landfried, Alexandra Lightfoot, Laura Linnan, Beth Moracco and Wizdom Powell
||Clare Barrington, Geni Eng, Ed Fisher,
Vivian Go, Carol Golin, Jim Herrington, Suzanne Maman, Beth Moracco, Kate Muessig, Luz Reyes, and Jason Smith
||Noel Brewer, Jo Anne Earp, Carol Golin, Laura Linnan, Leslie Lytle, Kurt Ribisl and Deborah Tate
|Injury and violence prevention and control
||Carolyn Crump, Susan Ennett, Laura Linnan, Suzanne Maman, Beth Moracco and Luz Reyes
||Deborah Tate and Carmina Valle
||Noel Brewer, Carol Golin and Barbara Rimer
||Geni Eng, Nisha Gottfredson, Kate Muessig, and Wizdom Powell
||Noel Brewer, Vivian Go, Wizdom Powell, Laura Linnan and Kate Muessig
|Minority health and eliminating disparities
||Clare Barrington, Carolyn Crump, Jo Anne Earp, Geni Eng, Alexandra Lightfoot, Laura Linnan, Wizdom Powell and Carmina Valle
|Obesity, diet, and physical activity
||Carolyn Crump, Ed Fisher, Laura Linnan, Leslie Lytle, Deborah Tate and Carmina Valle
|Patient advocacy and medical errors
||Jo Anne Earp
||Carolyn Crump, Shelley Golden and Kurt Ribisl
|Sexual health, STIs, and HIV/AIDS
||Clare Barrington, Noel Brewer, Jo Anne Earp, Geni Eng, Susan Ennett, Vivian Go, Carol Golin, Suzanne Maman, Kate Muessig and Jason Smith
||Marcella Boynton, Nisha Gottfredson and Luz Reyes
|Tobacco use prevention and control
||Marcella Boynton, Noel Brewer, Susan Ennett, Shelley Golden, Laura Linnan and Kurt Ribisl
||Jo Anne Earp, Geni Eng, Laura Linnan, Suzanne Maman, Beth Moracco and Jason Smith
|Worksite health and safety
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