Angela Thrasher, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Curriculum Vitae

315 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC
T: 919-843-9293

2006          University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill          PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education
1997          University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill          MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education
1994          College of William & Mary                                            BS, Psychology

HBEH 700        Introduction to Public Health and Health Education        Syllabus

Research interests

  • Aging
  • Health behavior
  • Health care delivery
  • Health disparity reduction
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Research activities
My research interests include racism/discrimination and health, African American health, racial/ethnic healthcare disparities, and measurement issues in health disparities research. I have conducted research on the lifecourse effects of racial discrimination on the health of older African Americans, health-related correlates of workplace discrimination, the contribution of discriminatory healthcare experiences and healthcare provider distrust to racial/ethnic disparities in HIV medication adherence, the effect of counseling quality on HIV medication adherence, and factors associated with influenza immunization by older African American adults. Prior to my doctoral studies I 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.

Select publications

Thrasher, A.D., Clay, O., Ford, C.L., and Stewart A.L. (2012).
Theory-guided selection of discrimination measures for racial/ethnic health disparities research among older adults.
Journal of Aging and Health, 24(6), 1018-1043.

Stewart, A.L., Thrasher, A.D., Goldberg, J.H., and Shea, J.A. (2012).
A framework for understanding adaptations and modifications to measures for diverse populations.
Journal of Aging and Health, 24(6), 992-1017.

Thrasher, A.D., Earp, J.A., Golin, C.E., and Zimmer, C.R. (2008).
Discrimination, distrust, and racial/ethnic disparities in antiretroviral therapy adherence among a national sample of HIV-infected patients.
Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes, 49 (1), 84-93.