Our faculty conduct transdisciplinary research that promotes the health of individuals and communities, with special emphasis on reducing health disparities domestically and globally.
Our outstanding research includes:
- Associate Professor Noel Brewer’s research on the HPV vaccine has helped eliminate myths and “bad science” from the vaccine debate and boosted vaccine use.
- “SafeTalk “motivational interviewing program, designed by Associate Professor Carol Golin, helps people living with HIV/AIDS adopt and maintain safer sexual practices and has been approved by the CDC.
- Professor Kurt Ribisl’s research on cigarette marketing practices has helped change laws nationwide on how and where tobacco products can be displayed and sold, which helps reduce new smokers.
- A new effort aimed at using microlending to young men to help reduce the spread of HIV and thwart gender-based violence is being pioneered by Associate Professor Suzanne Maman in Tanzania.
- Professor Vangie Foshee’s “Families for Safe Dates,” a family-based dating abuse prevention program, is required for communities participating in the CDC’s nationwide dating abuse prevention effort called “Dating Matters.”
Other areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Health communication (including e-health), risk perception, and decision-making.
- Interpersonal, peer and other social factors that affect health behavior.
- Engaging communities in context-sensitive and culturally relevant ways in order to improve individual and community health.
Notable current research projects include:
Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health
Laura Linnan, ScD, CHES, Director
The EARLY trials to prevent and treat obesity in young adults, NHLBI
Deb Tate, PhD and Leslie Lytle, PhD, Principal Investigators
Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) NCI
Geni Eng, PhD
Peers for Progress
Edwin Fisher, PhD, Global Director
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