Health Behavior Research

Preparing a national phone survey about tobacco-related communication are Dr. Erin Sutfin of Wake Forest University, UNC's Dr Noel Brewer and postdoc Jessica Pepper, and research assistant Kimberly Wiseman of Wake Forest. Scroll down on this page to see more about Dr. Brewer, or check out Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication

Focusing on questions that matter

Faculty of the Department 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.

Visit Health Behavior Matters to see a roundup of recent research from our faculty and students in a new window. We post new publications several times a week. Scroll the list, click to access abstracts on PubMed or similar resources. Leave a comment.

Networked and collaborative by nature

The Department’s network of collaborators expands the possibilities for faculty and student researchers. Our network begins with experts across the Gillings School, the university and NC Memorial Hospitals, and includes state and local institutes that see health within their missions.  Our faculty members are invited to advise and lead initiatives from the White House, and North Carolina’s government, to local and global nonprofits.

Faculty profiles with research interests

Recent dissertations

2016 research

Select any month to see the list for that month. Click on the titles to see the abstract on PubMed or a similar resource.

In January, we posted 15  articles authored by 14 faculty and four students. Select the title to see the abstract on PubMed.

Noel Brewer

Provider communication and HPV vaccination: The impact of recommendation quality. Gilkey MB, Calo WA, Moss JL, Shah PD, Marciniak MW, Brewer NT.

Noel Brewer, Carol Golin

A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Alternate Formats for Presenting Benefits and Harms Information for Low-Value Screening Services: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Sheridan SL, Sutkowi-Hemstreet A, Barclay C, Brewer NT, Dolor RJ, Gizlice Z, Lewis CL, Reuland DS, Golin CE, Kistler CE, Vu M, Harris R.

Noel Brewer, Barbara Rimer

Disparities in collaborative patient-provider communication about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Moss JL, Gilkey MB, Rimer BK, Brewer NT.

Edwin Fisher

Patient Navigators Connecting Patients to Community Resources to Improve Diabetes Outcomes. Loskutova NY, Tsai AG, Fisher EB, LaCruz DM, Cherrington AL, Harrington TM, Turner TJ, Pace WD. J

Vangie Foshee, Luz Reyes, Susan Ennett, Beth Moracco and Michael Bowling

Shared Risk Factors for the Perpetration of Physical Dating Violence, Bullying, and Sexual Harassment Among Adolescents Exposed to Domestic Violence. Foshee VA, McNaughton Reyes HL, Chen MS, Ennett ST, Basile KC, DeGue S, Vivolo-Kantor AM, Moracco KE, Bowling JM.

Vivian Go

The HIV Care Continuum among Female Sex Workers: A Key Population in Lilongwe, Malawi. Lancaster KE, Powers KA, Lungu T, Mmodzi P, Hosseinipour MC, Chadwick K, Go VF, Pence BW, Hoffman IF, Miller WC.

Nisha Gottfredson

Observed temperament from ages 6 to 36 months predicts parent- and teacher-reported attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in first grade. Willoughby MT, Gottfredson NC, Stifter CA.

Suzanne Maman, Marta Mulawa (doctoral student)

Perpetration and Victimization of Intimate Partner Violence among Young Men and Women in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mulawa M, Kajula LJ, Yamanis TJ, Balvanz P, Kilonzo MN, Maman S.

Legal knowledge, needs, and assistance seeking among HIV positive and negative women in Umlazi, South Africa. Hill LM, Maman S, Holness D, Moodley D.

Kate Muessig, Emily Mangone (former UNC Gillings student), Larry Han (UNC undergraduate)

Mobile Phone Apps for the Prevention of Unintended Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Content Analysis. Mangone ER, Lebrun V, Muessig KE. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2016 Jan 19;4(1):e6.

HIV test uptake among MSM in China: Implications for enhanced HIV test promotion campaigns among key populations. Han L, Wei C, Muessig KE, Bien CH, Meng G, Emch ME, Tucker JD. Glob Public Health. 2016 Jan 19:1-14

Sustained high prevalence of viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections among female sex workers in China: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Su S, Chow EP, Muessig KE, Yuan L, Tucker JD, Zhang X, Ren J, Fairley CK, Jing J, Zhang L.BMC Infect Dis. 2016 Jan 5;16(1):2

Luz Reyes

Extended source model for diffusive coupling. González-Ochoa HO, Flores-Moreno R, Reyes LM, Femat

Christine Rini

Aromatase inhibitor associated arthralgia: the importance of oncology provider-patient communication about side effects and potential management through physical activity. Nyrop KA, Callahan LF, Rini C, Altpeter M, Hackney B, DePue A, Wilson A, Schechter A, Muss HB.

Supporting Parental Decisions about Genomic Sequencing for Newborn Screening: The NC NEXUS Decision Aid. Lewis MA, Paquin RS, Roche MI, Furberg RD, Rini C, Berg JS, Powell CM, Bailey DB Jr.

Andrew Seidenberg (doctoral student)

Support for Tanning Bed Control Policies among Female University Students. Seidenberg AB, Noar SM, Sontag JM. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jan 22. pii: S0749-3797(15)00787-4.

Vivian Go

Prevalence and correlates of HCV monoinfection and HIV and HCV coinfection among persons who inject drugs in Vietnam. Zhang L, Celentano DD, Le Minh N, Latkin CA, Mehta SH, Frangakis C, Ha TV, Mo TT, Sripaipan T, Davis WW, Quan VM, Go VF. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 May;27(5):550-6.

Deborah Tate

Fit Moms/Mamás Activasinternet-based weight control program with group support to reduce postpartum weight retention in low-income women: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Phelan S, Brannen A, Erickson K, Diamond M, Schaffner A, Muñoz-Christian K, Stewart A, Sanchez T, Rodriguez VC, Ramos DI, McClure L, Stinson C, Tate DF. Trials. 2015 Feb 25;16:59.

Mike Bowling and Deborah Tate

Theoretical and behavioral mediators of a weight loss Intervention for men. Crane MM, Ward DS, Lutes LD, Bowling JM, Tate DF. Ann Behav Med. 2016 Feb 2.

Suzanne Maman, Marta Mulawa (doctoral student)

Comparing perceptions with actual reports of close friend’s HIV testing behavior among urban Tanzanian men. Mulawa M, Yamanis TJ, Balvanz P, Kajula LJ, Maman S. AIDS Behav. 2016 Feb 15.

Clare Barrington

Gender-specific jealousy and infidelity norms as sources of sexual health risk and violence among young coupled nicaraguans. Boyce S, Zeledón P, Tellez E, Barrington C. Am J Public Health. 2016 Feb 18:e1-e8.

Kurt Ribisl and Katie Byerly (MPH student)

How to conduct store observations of tobacco marketing and products. Feld AL, Johnson TO, Byerly KW, Ribisl KM. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 Feb 18;13:E25.

Kurt Ribisl and Andrew Seidenberg (doctoral student)

Recommendations for U.S. public policies regulating electronic cigarettes. Ribis KMl, Andrew B. Seidenberg, AB, and Orlan, EN. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 2016 Feb5. Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 479–489, Spring 2016.

Noel Brewer

Physician support of HPV vaccination school-entry requirements. Califano S, Calo WA, Weinberger M, Gilkey MB, Brewer NT. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2016 Feb 22:0.

Kate Muessig

Sustained high prevalence of viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections among female sex workers in China: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Su S, Chow EP, Muessig KE, Yuan L, Tucker JD, Zhang X, Ren J, Fairley CK, Jing J, Zhang L.BMC Infect Dis. 2016 Jan 5;16(1):2.

Andrew Seidenberg (doctoral student)

Tanning bed burns reported on Twitter: over 15,000 in 2013.  Seidenberg, AB, Pagoto, SL, Vickey, TA, Linos, E, Wehner, MR, DallaCosta, R, Geller, AC.

Clare Barrington

Abriendo Puertas: Feasibility and Effectiveness a Multi-Level Intervention to Improve HIV Outcomes Among Female Sex Workers Living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. Kerrigan D1Barrington C2Donastorg Y3Perez M3Galai N4,5AIDS Behav.2016 Mar 25.

‘HIV and work don’t go together’: Employment as a social determinant of HIV outcomes among men who have sex with men and transgender women in the Dominican Republic. Barrington C, Acevedo R, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Kerrigan D. Glob Public Health. 2016 Mar 21:1-16.

HIV testing, care, and treatment experiences among the steady male partners of female sex workers living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. Fleming PJ1Barrington C2Perez M3Donastorg Y3Kerrigan D4AIDS Care. 2016 Mar 24:1-6.

“I Feel Like More of a Man“: A Mixed Methods Study of Masculinity, Sexual Performance, and Circumcision for HIV Prevention. Fleming PJ, Barrington C, Pearce LD, Lerebours L, Donastorg Y, Brito MO. J Sex Res. 2016 Mar 4:1-13.Behav Med. 2015 Apr;38(2):318-26.

Noel Brewer

Building better boxes for theories of health behavior: a comment on Williams and Rhodes (2016). Brewer N.Health Psychol Rev. 2016 Apr 8:1-4.

Physician communication about adolescent vaccination: How is humanpapillomavirus vaccine different? Gilkey MB, Moss JL, Coyne-Beasley T, Hall ME, Shah PD, Brewer NT. Prev Med. 2015 Aug;77:181-5.

Jo Anne Earp

Circles of Care: Implementation and Evaluation of Support Teams for African Americans With Cancer. Hanson LC, Green MA, Hayes M, Diehl SJ, Warnock S, Corbie-Smith G, Lin FC, Earp JA. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Jun;41(3):291-8.

Geni Eng

Evaluating Art Therapy to Heal the Effects of Trauma Among Refugee Youth: The Burma Art Therapy Program Evaluation.Rowe C, Watson-Ormond R, English L, Rubesin H, Marshall A, Linton K, Amolegbe A, Agnew-Brune C, Eng E.Health Promot Pract. 2016 Mar 1.

Susan Ennet, Mike Bowling

A Parenting Program to Promote an Alcohol-Free Childhood: Influence on Parents’ Readiness to Prevent Child Sipping.. Ennett ST, Jackson C, Choi S, Hayes KA, Dickinson DM, Bowling JM. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2016 Mar;77(2):327-36.

Susan Ennet, Beth Moracco, Mike Bowling

The process of adapting a universal dating abuse prevention program to adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Foshee VA, Dixon KS, Ennett ST, Moracco KE, Bowling JM, Chang LY, Moss JL. J Interpers Violence. 2015 Jul;30(12):2151-73.

Vivian Go

Substance use and HIV infection awareness among HIV-infected female sex workers in Lilongwe, Malawi. Lancaster KE, Go VF, Lungu T, Mmodzi P, Hosseinipour MC, Chadwick K, Powers KA, Pence BW, Hoffman IF, Miller WC.Int J Drug Policy. 2016 Apr;30:124-31.

Shelley Golden

Losing jobs and lighting up: Employment experiences and smoking in the Great Recession. Golden SD, Perreira KM. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Aug;138:110-8.

Carol Golin

Regression to the mean and changes in risk behavior following study enrollment in a cohort of U.S. women at risk for HIV. Hughes JP1Haley DF2Frew PM3Golin CE4,Adimora AA4Kuo I5Justman J6Soto-Torres L7Wang J8Hodder S9. Annn Epidemiol. 2015 Jun;25(6):439-44.

Alexandra Lightfoot, Geni Eng

Community-Guided Focus Group Analysis to Examine Cancer Disparities. Schaal JC, Lightfoot AF, Black KZ, Stein K, White SB, Cothern C, Gilbert K, Hardy CY, Jeon JY, Mann L, Mouw MS, Robertson L, Waters EM, Yonas MA, Eng E.. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016;10(1):159-67.

Laura Linnan

Observed and self-reported pesticide protective behaviors of Latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Walton AL, LePrevost C, Wong B, Linnan L, Sanchez-Birkhead A, Mooney K. Environ Res. 2016 May;147:275-83.

store-based intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption: The El Valor de Nuestra Salud cluster randomized controlled trial. Ayala GX, Baquero B, Pickrel JL, Mayer J, Belch G, Rock CL, Linnan L, Gittelsohn J, Sanchez-Flack J, Elder JP. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 May;42:228-38.

Suzanne Maman

Effectiveness of interventions promoting HIV serostatus disclosure to sexual partners: a systematic review.Conserve DF, Groves AK, Maman. AIDS Behav. 2015 Oct;19(10):1763-72.

Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling, Decision-Making, and Practices Among HIV-Infected Women in Malawi’s Option B+ Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Program: A Mixed Methods Study. Flax VL, Hamela G, Mofolo I, Hosseinipour MC, Hoffman I, Maman S. AIDS Behav. 2016 Mar 29

Kate Muessig

More than just tracking time: Complex measures of user engagement with an internet-based health promotion intervention. Baltierra NB, Muessig KE, Pike EC, LeGrand S, Bull SS, Hightow-Weidman LB. J Biomed Inform. 2016 Feb;59:299-307

Kurt Ribisl

Comprehensive e-cigarette regulation as a step toward harm reduction.Ribisl KM1Seidenberg ABOrlan EN.J Policy Anal Manage. 2016 Spring;35(2):492-5.

Integrating Tobacco Control and Obesity Prevention Initiatives at Retail Outlets. Ribisl KM, D’Angelo H, Evenson KR, Fleischhacker S, Myers AE, Rose SW. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 Mar 10;13:E35.

Relationship Between Tobacco Retailers‘ Point-of-Sale Marketing and the Density of Same-Sex Couples, 97 U.S. Counties, 2012. Lee JG, Goldstein AO, Pan WK, Ribisl KM. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jul 28;12(8):8790-810.

Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing Policy: Caretakers’ Perspectives on Economic and Personal Impacts. Wilbur RE, Stein AH, Pinzon EM, Ahmed OS, McNair OS, Ribisl KM. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jul 15;12(7):8092-102.

Kurt Ribisl, Christine Rini, Noel Brewer

How risky is it to use e-cigarettes? Smokers’ beliefs about their health risks from using novel and traditional tobacco products. Pepper JK, Emery SL, Ribisl KM, Rini CM, Brewer NT. J

Luz Reyes, Vangie Foshee and Suzanne Maman

Prevalence, rates and correlates of intimate partner violence among South African women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Groves AK1Moodley DReyes LMartin SLFoshee VMaman S. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Mar;19(3):487-95.

Noel Brewer

Impact of genomic testing and patient-reported outcomes on receipt of adjuvant chemotherapy. Evans CN, Brewer NT, Vadaparampil ST, Boisvert M, Ottaviano Y, Lee MC, Isaacs C, Schwartz MD, O’Neill SC. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Apr;156(3):549-55.

Geni Eng

Latino sexual and gender identity minorities promoting sexual health within their social networks: process evaluation findings from a lay health advisor intervention. Sun CJ, García M, Mann L, Alonzo J, Eng E, Rhodes SD. Health Promot Pract. 2015 May;16(3):329-37.

Implicit Racial/Ethnic Bias Among Health Care Professionals and Its Influence on Health Care Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Hall WJ1, Chapman MV1, Lee KM1, Merino YM1, Thomas TW1, Payne BK1, Eng E1, Day SH1, Coyne-Beasley T1. Am J Public Health. 2015 Dec;105(12):e60-76.

Vivian Go

Finding what works: identification of implementation strategies for the integration of methadone maintenance therapy and HIV services in Vietnam. Go VF, Morales GJ, Mai NT, Brownson RC, Ha TV, Miller WC. Implement Sci. 2016 Apr 20;11(1):54.

Tailored combination prevention packages and PrEP for young key populations. Pettifor A, Nguyen NL, Celum C, Cowan FM, Go V, Hightow-Weidman L. J Int AIDS Soc. 2015 Feb 26;18(2 Suppl 1):19434.

Carol Golin

Borderline Personality Disorder Symptom Severity and Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV Risk in African American Incarcerated Men. Scheidell JD, Lejuez CW, Golin CE, Hobbs MM, Wohl DA, Adimora AA, Khan MR.

Health of Older Adults in Assisted Living and Implications for Preventive Care. Kistler CE, Zimmerman S, Ward KT, Reed D, Golin C, Lewis CL. Gerontologist. 2016 Apr 6.

Relationship between Physicians’ Uncertainty about Clinical Assessments and Patient-Centered Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Elderly. Dalton AF, Golin CE, Esserman D, Pignone MP, Pathman DE, Lewis CL. Med Decis Making. 2015 May;35(4):458-66.

Nisha Gottfredson

Developmental Outcomes of Using Physical Violence Against Dates and Peers. Foshee VA, Gottfredson NC, Reyes HL, Chen MS, David-Ferdon C, Latzman NE, Tharp AT, Ennett ST.J Adolesc Health. 2016 Apr 13. pii: S1054-139X(16)00062-8.

Genetic Heterogeneity in Adolescents’ Depressive Symptoms in Response to Victimization. Gottfredson NC1, Foshee VA, Ennett ST, Haberstick B, Smolen A. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2015;44(5).

Alexandra Lightfoot

A Critical Review of the Characteristics of Theater-Based HIV Prevention Interventions for Adolescents in School Settings. Taboada A, Taggart T, Holloway I, Houpt A, Gordon R, Gere D, Milburn N, Lightfoot AF. Health Promot Pract. 2016 Apr 19.

AMP!: A Cross-site Analysis of the Effects of a Theater-based Intervention on Adolescent Awareness, Attitudes, and Knowledge about HIV. Taggart T, Taboada A, Stein JA, Milburn NG, Gere D, Lightfoot AF. Prev Sci. 2016 Apr 8.

Suzanne Maman

Development, validation, and performance of a scale to measure community mobilization. Lippman SA, Neilands TB, Leslie HH, Maman S, MacPhail C, Twine R, Peacock D, Kahn K, Pettifor A. Soc Sci Med. 2016 May;157:127-37.

Systematic review of mobile health behavioural interventions to improve uptake of HIV testing for vulnerable and key populations. Conserve DF, Jennings L, Aguiar C, Shin G, Handler L, Maman S.J Telemed Telecare. 2016 Apr 6.

Kate Muessig, Suzanne Maman

Unpacking the ‘structural’ in a structural approach for HIV prevention among female sex workers: a case study from China. Huang Y, Muessig KE, Zhang N, Maman S. Glob Public Health. 2015.

Luz Reyes

Diagnosis and disclosure of HIV status: Implications for women’s risk of physical partner violence in the postpartum period. Maman S, Groves AK, McNaughton Reyes HL, Moodley D. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016.

Kurt Ribisl

US consumer interest in non-cigarette tobacco products spikes around the 2009 federal tobacco tax increase. Jo CL, Ayers JW, Althouse BM, Emery S, Huang J, Ribisl KM. Tob Control. 2015 Jul;24(4):395-9. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051261.

Christine Rini

Appraisals, perceived dyadic communication, and quality of life over time among couples coping with prostate cancer. Song L, Rini C, Ellis KR, Northouse LL.Support Care Cancer. 2016 Apr 2.

Christine Rini, Jo Anne Earp

Clinicians’ perceptions of the benefits and harms of prostate and colorectal cancer screening. Elstad EA, Sutkowi-Hemstreet A, Sheridan SL, Vu M, Harris R, Reyna VF, Rini C, Earp JA, Brewer NT. Med Decis Making. 2015 May;35(4):467-76.

Deborah Tate

Adolescent, caregiver, and friend preferences for integrating social support and communication features into an asthma self-management app. Roberts C, Geryk L, Sage A, Sleath B, Tate D, Carpenter DM. J Asthma. 2016 Apr 26:0.