Health Behavior Research

Seen here with a data collector in Tanzania, Dr. Suzanne Maman leads a randomized controlled trial that combines gender-based violence, microfinance, and health leadership training. Scroll to read more about Dr. Maman

Focusing on Questions that Matter

Some of our Research Interests and Strength
  • Adolescent health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Early detection and management of disease
  • Health communication
  • Health disparity reduction
  • HIV/AIDS prevention and control
  • Obesity, diabetes and weight-related behaviors
  • Tobacco control and regulation
  • Violence prevention
  • Worker and workplace health promotion
Faculty of the Department are conducting research that is changing the way the most pressing public health challenges of our time are addressed, drawing on a remarkably broad range of experience and education.

We are proud of the research strengths listed here, but this is not a comprehensive list of our faculty strength and interests.(Link: See more about our faculty research interests.)

The questions we answer 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 questions like these:

  • Would establishing a website where men-having-sex with men can find information about HIV reduce transmission of the virus? Should this resource be for positives only?
  • How does loss of custody of children influence use of drug by the parents losing custody? Open abstract
  • How effective are pictorial labels on cigarette packaging? Open abstract
  • Does how we eat affect the likelihood of becoming obese? Open abstract
  • How do social  and familial relationships change when adolescents disclose their HIV and pregnancy status Open abstract
  • Are children who grow up in homes with domestic abuse more likely than their peers to be involved in date violence as adolescents? Open abstract

Networked and Collaborative by Nature

Our network of collaborators 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 are invited to advise and lead initiatives from the White House, and North Carolina’s government, to local and global nonprofits. (Link: See a list of partners and collaborators.)

Faculty Researchers Who Lead the Way

Faculty have the skills and experience to lead in designing and conducting research across a wide spectrum of interests, as well as working with doctoral and postdoctoral students on dissertation and other research. Scroll down to see more.

HB Professor Clare Barrington

Dr. Clare Barrington

Clare Barrington, PhD, Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, International Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MPH, International Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Current teaching

HBEH 754: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (elective)

Research

Clare Barrington conducts mixed-methods research to examine social network and structural influences on health and health behaviors, with a focus on HIV prevention and care among female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender women in Latin America. She has worked in the Dominican Republic since the mid-1990s and also has current projects in Guatemala. She also conducts HIV research with Latinos in North Carolina. Dr. Barrington is the Latin American Projects director for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and a Fellow at the Carolina Population Center. She teaches qualitative data analysis and writing. Her research is published in journals including Social Science & Medicine, Culture, Health & Sexuality and AIDS & Behavior.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Lynn Blanchard

 Lynn Blanchard, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current teaching

HBEH 610: Alternative Spring Break (elective) HBEH 611: Philanthropy as a Tool for Change (elective) AMST 394: The Role of the University in American Life

Research

Lynn Blanchard is Director of the Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC. She is primarily interested in research around public service, including community partnerships and collaboration, programmatic evaluation, and service learning. Additionally, she has worked with a wide array of community programs and conducted training, evaluation, and/or research in the areas of early intervention (for children with special needs), HIV/AIDS prevention, communication and work style preferences, community-based collaboration and faculty development of communityengaged scholarship.

Lynn White Blanchard’s website
Curriculum Vitae


 

HB Professor Mike Bowling

Dr. Mike Bowling

Mike Bowling, PhD Research Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Sociology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MA, Sociology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current teaching

HBEH 601: Principles of Statistical Inference (required MPH course) HBEH 761: Advanced Research Methods II (required PhD course)

Research

Mike Bowling’s primary interests are the evaluation of health interventions, particularly with injury prevention and criminal justice components. Dr. Bowling is currently conducting several studies designed to identify the combination of individual, organizational, and community-level factors that predict whether North Carolina women obtain domestic violence protective orders. He is also evaluating the impact of a school-based injury prevention program on risk factors associated with childhood injury and fire prevention programs target at low income families. As a survey sampling statistician, Dr. Bowling is leading a National Center for Health Statistics funded effort to assess opportunities for using the Internet to collect population-based health data. He is a Senior Biostatistician with the UNC Survey Research Unit and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Noel Brewer

Dr. Noel Brewer

Noel Brewer, PhD Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Health Psychology Rutgers University

Current teaching

HBEH 750: Applied Research Methods (required MPH course)

Research

Noel Brewer studies how people make risky decisions. One line of his research examines vaccination decisions, with an emphasis on HPV vaccination. Dr. Brewer has two ongoing intervention trials with HPV vaccine providers and another study of HPV vaccination in pharmacies. A newer line of research is on tobacco control, including graphic cigarette pack warnings, communicating the harms of cigarette smoke constituents, and e-cigarettes. He has also done extensive work on how people think about medical tests. Dr. Brewer has appointments in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Psychology.

Noel Brewer’s website
Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards

Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards

Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD Research Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Epidemiology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education University of California Los Angeles, School of Public Health

Additional appointment

Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Research

Lori Carter-Edwards’ research focuses on the prevention of chronic disease in vulnerable populations. She investigates the role of psychosocial correlates on cardiovascular-related outcomes, such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Her work primarily evaluates how perceptions and attitudes influence these outcomes. Currently, her emphasis is on faith-based organizational capacity to promote health and obesity-related perceptions and attitudes among children and adults. She also serves on the Leadership Team of the Eat Smart Move More NC collaborative and has chaired the Key Measures Team for Eat Smart Move More NC.

Curriculum vitae
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Dr. Carolyn Crump

Carolyn Crump, PhD Research Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MA, Physiology of Exercise, Certification in Aging University of Maryland

Research

Carolyn Crump’s primary research interests are the impact of organizational policy, public policy, and environmental conditions on health behavior; strategic planning and program evaluation; community efforts to prevent injury and promote physical activity. Her current projects include increasing the ability of public health professionals to influence policies, systems, and environments; and evaluation and monitoring of several Tribal grant programs. She recently completed the development of an environmental justice educational campaign funded by NIEHS and the evaluation of the Indian Health Service’s Injury Prevention Program. She continues to collaborate with the NC Department of Public Health Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section assisting with the policy/environmental change initiatives to create healthy communities.

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Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Jo Anne Earp

Jo Anne Earp, ScD Professor

Education

ScD, Behavioral Sciences Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Current teaching

HBEH 727: Patient Advocacy (elective)

Research

Jo Anne Earp is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on the role of social and attitudinal factors in explaining variations in health behaviors. Major research interests concern barriers preventing older minority women from getting mammograms and pap smears, community and physician strategies for overcoming these barriers, and factors responsible for high risk behaviors among persons with, or at risk for, STDs and AIDS. Her current work emphasizes patient advocacy strategies for achieving patient-centered care. Dr. Earp has published over 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the editor of the first textbook on patient-centered quality of care. As an advisor and classroom instructor, Dr. Earp has won awards from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and University for her mentoring and teaching. She chaired the Department of Health Behavior for more than 13 years.

Curriculum Vitae
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Education

DrPH, Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current teaching

HBEH 700: Introduction to Public Health and Health Education (Required MPH course) HBEH 710: Community-Based Participatory Research Methodology (elective)

Research

Geni Eng focuses on the integration of community engagement and health education interventions in the rural United States and developing countries. Her current research projects apply community-based participatory research principles to the design and evaluation of lay health advisor and church-based interventions to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in cancer, heart disease, and STDs. Dr. Eng directs the Kellogg Community Health Scholars post-doctoral program. She teaches community organization, cross-cultural aspects of heath education practice, community-based participatory research approach, Photovoice methodology and advanced evaluation.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Susan Ennett

Dr. Susan Ennett

Susan Ennett, PhD Professor, Doctoral Program Director, and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MSPH, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current teaching

HBEH 726: Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors (elective) HBEH 760: Advanced Research Methods I (required PhD course)

Research

Susan Ennett’s research focuses on the etiology and prevention of adolescent health risk behaviors with emphasis on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. She is particularly interested in understanding the social context of health risk behaviors, including how family, peer network, school, and neighborhood contexts shape development of behaviors. Her prevention research includes development and evaluation of family-based prevention programs and assessment of the dissemination of school-based prevention programs and policies.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Ed Fisher

Dr. Ed Fisher

Edwin Fisher, PhD Professor

Education

PhD, Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Therapy State University of New York at Stony Brook

Current teaching

HBEH 756: Social and Peer Support in Health: An Ecological and Global Perspective (elective)

Research

Ed Fisher is the Global Director of Peers of Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation that promotes peer support in health, health care and prevention around the world. With projects in 9 countries and over 60 collaborating groups, Peers for Progress is building the evidence base for peer support interventions, disseminating resources for program development and quality improvement, and promoting the integration of peer support in health care and preventive services. This work also draws upon Dr. Fisher’s research on Nondirective and Directive types of social support in health and quality of life. From 2002-2009, he served as National Program Director of the Diabetes Initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showing the contributions of diabetes self management programs in Federally Qualified Health Centers and community based programs. He is a past-president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and has served on the boards of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American Lung Association.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Vangie Foshee

Dr. Vangie Foshee

Vangie Foshee, PhD Professor

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MEd, Nutrition University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Current teaching

HBEH 760: Advanced Research Methods I (required PhD course) HBEH 860: Research Proposal Development (required PhD course)

Research

Vangie Foshee’s research focuses on adolescent problem behaviors. Her etiological research has included identifying determinants at multiple levels of the social ecology of adolescent dating violence, cigarette smoking, and alcohol use. Intervention studies have included development and evaluation of Safe Dates, a school-based adolescent dating violence prevention program; Families for Safe Dates, a family based dating abuse prevention program; and familybased dating abuse prevention programs for Latino families (NOVIOlencia) and teens who have been exposed to domestic violence (Moms and Teens for Safe Dates).

Curriculum vitae
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Dr. Vivian Go

Dr. Vivian Go

Vivian Go, PhD Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Health Policy and Management Johns Hopkins University MPH, Public Health Johns Hopkins University MA, International Economics and Social Change and Development Johns Hopkins University

Research

Vivian Go’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of multi-level behavioral HIV prevention interventions among marginalized populations, including people who inject drugs. She has conducted studies in Vietnam, Thailand, India and South Africa. She is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial in Vietnam to compare the effectiveness of two alcohol reduction programs among ART clients. She is also part of a multi-site study (Vietnam, Ukraine and Indonesia) to assess efficacy of facilitated early ART for HIV-infected people who inject drugs on HIV transmission to injecting partners. A primary research interest of Dr. Go’s has been the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in studies utilizing laboratory-based endpoints. Recently, she is interested in the relatively new field of implementation science, which explores the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions into specific settings.

Curriculum vitae


 

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Dr. Shelley Golden

Shelley Golden, MPH Clinical Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Public Policy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current teaching

HBEH 600: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health HBEH 815 & 816: Foundations of Health Behavior I & II (Required PhD courses)

Research

Shelley Golden’s research assesses the role of economic and social welfare public policies on health-related behaviors, with a particular emphasis on smoking and alcohol use. She seeks to better understand: the ways in which state-level public policies and other contextual factors influence individual health behaviors; state and policymaker characteristics that impact the adoption and dissemination of health-related laws; and the influence of changing labor market conditions on health behaviors and policies. She teaches introductory health behavior classes, as well as population health and social determinants of health course modules, and has written about structural interventions and ecological models in public health.

Curriculum Vitae


 

Carol Golin_2009Carol Golin, MD Associate Professor

Education

MD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine

Current teaching

HBEH 715: Communication and Health Related Decision Making (elective)

Research

Carol Golin is Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the UNC Center for AIDS Research. She is engaged in research on the development and assessment of behavioral interventions to enhance medication adherence, safer sex practices and health care for persons living with HIV/AIDS and access to care for incarcerated persons. In addition, she studies the influence of patient-provider communication on health outcomes and is particularly interested in the effects of enhanced patient participation in medical decision-making. She is also interested in behavioral interventions to prevent the secondary spread of HIV. She has a joint appointment with UNC’s Department of Medicine.

Curriculum vitae
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Education

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

HBEH 746: Capstone I (required MPH course) HBEH 992: Capstone II (required MPH course)

Program Work

Meg Landfried works with the MPH program director and Masters Advisory Committee (MAC) on all matters related to maintaining and enhancing the quality of the MPH program. Her work focuses on fostering strong ties between Health Behavior’s teaching program and the wider community. She directs all MPH field training, including the summer practicum and the year-long Capstone course.

Curriculum Vitae


 

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Dr. Laura Linnan

Laura Linnan, ScD Professor

Education

ScD, Health and Social Behavior Harvard University School of Public Health

MSEd, Public Health University of Toledo

Courses Taught

HBEH 752: Public Health Interventions and Evaluation (required MPH course)

Research

Laura Linnan is Director, Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health and her research addresses the prevention and control of chronic diseases, with a concentration on applied interventions developed using community-based participatory research methods that address health disparities. She embraces both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches when designing, planning, delivering, and evaluating community-based interventions. Her special expertise in worksite-based studies, but she also has funded research in beauty salons, barbershops, public libraries, child care centers, schools, community colleges, universities and other communitybased settings with special attention on populations who suffer disparities in health. Dr. Linnan is Adjunct in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports, fellow with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Center for City and Regional Planning, and member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Curriculum vitae
Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work & Health
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Dr. Leslie Lytle

Dr. Leslie Lytle

Leslie Lytle, PhD Professor and Department Chair

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of Michigan MS, Education Purdue University

Current teaching

HBEH 811: Development & Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs (required PhD courses)

Research

Leslie Lytle’s research interests include planning and evaluating weight-related behavior change interventions in youth and young adults, youth health promotion research, childhood obesity prevention, and theories of health behavior. Dr. Lytle has been principal investigator on several large National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies including CATCH, TEENS, TAAG, TREC IDEA and ECHO, and has participated in four multi-centered school-based studies. Currently, she serves as principal investigator on “Targeted Approaches for Weight Control for Young Adults” a randomized control trial evaluating the effectiveness of a web-based intervention to reduce unhealthy weight gain in 2-year college students. Dr. Lytle serves on the editorial board for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Suzanne Maman

Dr. Suzanne Maman

Suzanne Maman, PhD Associate Professor

Education

PhD, International Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

MHS, International Health Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Current teaching HBEH 753: Qualitative Research Methods (required MPH course)

Research

Suzanne Maman’s research focuses on HIV prevention and gender-based violence mitigation in East and Southern Africa. She has conducted a series of studies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the intersections of HIV and gender-based violence. She has examined violence as a risk factor for HIV, and as an outcome of women’s HIV testing and disclosure experience. She is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania evaluating an HIV and gender-based violence prevention intervention for social networks of young men that combines microfinance with health leadership training. She has also led an intervention study in Durban, South Africa evaluating a counseling and support intervention for HIV-positive and HIV-negative pregnant women to encourage greater risk reduction and promote HIV status disclosure while addressing women’s risk for gender-based violence.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Beth Moracco

Beth Moracco, PhD Research Associate Professor and Master’s Program Director

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH,

Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current teaching

HBEH 772: Planning Public Health Interventions (required MPH course)

Research

Beth Moracco conducts applied research on the primary and secondary prevention of violence, primarily genderbased violence in global and domestic settings. Her work is focused on evaluating violence prevention programs and policies while simultaneously building the capacity of stakeholders to design and evaluate their own interventions. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work. She is currently the principal investigator of a studies evaluating “best practices” for domestic violence protective orders (DVPOs) in North Carolina, and exploring judges’ decision-making in DVPO cases. She is also a co-investigator on: an evaluation of a conditional cash transfer (CCT) intervention with pregnant HIV+ women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; an effectiveness trial of a teen dating violence prevention program, and several tobacco risk communication studies. Dr. Moracco is also the director of the MPH program in the Department of Health Behavior.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Kate Muessig

Dr. Kate Muessig

Kate Muessig, PhD Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Health, Behavior and Society Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Current teaching

HBEH 815: Foundations I Global Health Module (required PhD course)

Research

Kate Muessig is a public health interventionist and social scientist whose research centers on the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the urban U.S. and in China. Her work focuses on most-at-risk populations including men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers, and populations experiencing health disparities. She is currently engaged in the development and testing of a number of eHealth and mHealth interventions for men who have sex with men in both the U.S. and China. Her methodological focus is on the use of qualitative and mixed-methods studies to support the development, implementation and evaluation of health interventions.

Curriculum vitae


 

Dr. Wizdom Powell

Dr. Wizdom Powell

Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Clinical Psychology University of Michigan

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education University of Michigan, School of Public Health

Current teaching

HBEH 816: Foundations of Health Behavior II (required PhD course)

Research

Wizdom Powell-Hammond’s research focuses on identifying psychosocial determinants of African American male health across the life-course. A specific emphasis is placed on understanding how social constructions of masculinity impact health behavior and health outcomes among this group. Dr. Powell-Hammond’s community-based research also considers how these factors might contribute to some of the observed disparities in African American men’s health by shaping social mobility, health beliefs, affective/physiological responses to psychosocial stressors, and healthcare system interactions (e.g., patient-physician communication).

Curriculum vitae
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Dr. Luz McNaughton Reyes

Luz McNaughton Reyes, PhD Research Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPH, Community Health Sciences Tulane University School of Public Health

Current teaching

HBEH 760 & 761: Advanced Research Methods I & II (required PhD course)

Research

Luz McNaughton Reyes’ research focuses on the etiology and prevention of adolescent health risk behaviors including sexual, violence and substance use behaviors. She also has a strong interest in global reproductive health, and has worked on research, training and advocacy projects throughout the Central America region. Currently, Luz is working on adapting a family-based teen dating violence prevention program for Latino families in the US. Luz’s research is published in journals including Health and Human Rights, Prevention Science, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD Professor

Education

PhD, Ecological-Community Psychology Michigan State University

MA, Ecological-Community Psychology Michigan State University

Current teaching

HBEH 730: Theoretical Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science (required MPH course)

Research

Kurt Ribisl’s research focuses on evaluating and improving population-level efforts to reduce tobacco use, with a particular emphasis on policy and information technology. He specializes in studying policy issues related to the sale and marketing of tobacco products at the point of sale and on the Internet. He has researched tobacco product marketing, pricing, promotions, and youth access, as well as use of geographic information systems (GIS) in tobacco control. He has evaluated the impact of local, state, federal, and global policies related to tobacco product sales and marketing. Dr. Ribisl is the principal investigator of UNC’s Center for Regulatory Research in Tobacco Communication funded by the NIH. He is also an investigator on NCI-funded research that is collecting national data concerning tobacco, including: marketing, retailer density, and state control activities focused on the point of sale.

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Christine Rini

Dr. Christine Rini

Christine Rini, PhD Research Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Social Psychology University of California, Los Angeles

MA, Social Psychology University of California, Los Angeles

Research

Christine Rini is a social/health psychologist studying psychosocial factors that affect people’s adjustment to healthrelated stressors, with an emphasis on those involving cancer. Her major interests include: (1) Interpersonal factors involving the effectiveness of enacted social support and peer support; (2) Factors that influence how people respond to health risks and interventions; (3) Factors influencing patient decision making and post-decision adjustment, especially in the context of genomic sequencing; and (4) Development of behavioral interventions, including those using technology (eHealth). For instance, Dr. Rini and her colleagues developed an automated, Internet-based pain coping skills training program (PainCOACH) designed to mimic in-person training. Another study tested an intervention called Expressive Helping intervention for distressed stem cell transplant survivors. It pairs benefits of emotionally expressive writing with benefits of helping other transplant recipients (“peer helping”).

Curriculum vitae
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Dr. Jason Smith

Jason Smith, PhD Clinical Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPH, Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Additional appointment

Deputy Director, MEASURE Evaluation Project

Research

Jason Smith has three decades of experience in sexual/reproductive health, with concentrations in maternal health and family planning. Dr. Smith has authored over 40 publications and serves as reviewer to several peer review journals. In his current directorial role with MEASURE Evaluation, Dr. Smith focuses on improving the use of evidence to guide policy/program improvement. In addition, Dr. Smith is Principal Investigator for two related grants (South Africa and Tanzania), both aimed at improving health information systems infrastructure. Dr. Smith has served as advisor to a variety of public health agencies, including WHO, UNICEF, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health. Currently Dr. Smith serves on the Steering Committee for GEMNet-Health and the Evidence to Action TWG of Health Systems Global. Dr. Smith has broad, cross-cultural field experience including work in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Madagascar, Nigeria, India, Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, South Africa, the United States, Vietnam and Zaire.

Curriculum vitae


 

Dr. Deborah Tate

Dr. Deborah Tate

Deborah Tate, PhD Associate Professor

Education

PhD, Clinical Psychology Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

MS, Clinical Psychology Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Current teaching

HBEH 811: Development and Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs (required PhD course) Research Deborah Tate’s primary research interests are in developing and evaluating interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults, adolescents, and children, and in how to harness the power of the Internet and new media for behavioral interventions that are tailored to the individual. She is particularly interested in translating or disseminating effective clinic based weight control treatments to community settings. Her current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and private industry. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Nutrition and is a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Dr. Angela Thrasher

Dr. Angela Thrasher

Angela Thrasher, PhD Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Current teaching

HBEH 700: Introduction to Public Health and Health Education (Required MPH course)

Research

Dr. Angela Thrasher studies the effects of discrimination and other race-related stressors on African American health across the life course, particularly for individuals living with HIV and older adults. Her primary research interests are measuring life course experiences of discrimination, examining the health effects of discrimination, and modeling the role of race-related stressors in persistent African American HIV disparities. Her methodological interests include measurement development and adaptation for diverse populations, latent variable modeling, longitudinal data analysis, and use of biological and clinical outcomes in health disparities research. Prior to her doctoral studies Dr. Thrasher was Director of HIV and Health for the nonprofit consulting firm Mosaica, managing technical assistance projects for community-based organizations and federal entities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources Services Administration, and the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. Other roles held include data analyst with the HIV/AIDS technical assistance program at Jackson State University, intern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and volunteer with the AmeriCorps*VISTA national service program.

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