Angela Thrasher, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Curriculum Vitae

315 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC
27599-7440
T: 919-843-9293
angela.thrasher@unc.edu
thrasher.web.unc.edu

Education
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

Teaching
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
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 identifying determinants of 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.

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.