Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH

Dean Barbara K. Rimer

Dean Barbara K. Rimer

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Barbara Rimer’s Biosketch
Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile
Dean’s Office
170 Rosenau Hall
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
135 Dauer Drive
Campus Box 7400
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7400
USAT: 919-966-3215
F: 919-966-7678
Blog: Monday Morning


1981 The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health DrPH, Health Education
1973 University of Michigan MPH, Medical Care Administration and Health Education
1970 University of Michigan BA, English

Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Evidence-based public health
  • Health behavior
  • Health communication

Selected awards

2013 Blue Ribbon Gala Honoree, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
2013 American Cancer Society Medal of Honor
2013 Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC-ChapelHill
2012 Order of the Grail-Valkyries, UNC-Chapel Hill

Selected external committees

2011 – present Chair, President’s Cancer Panel (Presidential Appointment)
2008 – 2015 At Large Member, Board of Directors, ASPPH (Elected)
2003 – 2015 Member, Task Force on Community Preventive Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Vice-Chair, 2004-present)

Most recent publications

Sheridan, S.L., Draeger, L., Pignone, M.P., Rimer, B.K., Bangdiwala, S.I., Cai, J., Gizlice, Z., Keyserling, T.C., Simpson Jr., R.J. (2014).
The effect of a decision aid intervention on decision making about coronary heart disease risk reduction: a randomized trial.
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 14(14):1-11. PMCID: PMC3943405.

Ogilvie, G.S., Smith, L.W., van Niekerk, D.J., Khurshed, F., Krajden, M., Saraiya, M., Goel, V., Rimer, B.K., Greene, S.B., Hobbs, S.,
Coldman, A.J., Franco, E.L. (2013). Women’s intentions to receive cervical cancer screening with primary human papillomavirus testing.
International Journal of Cancer, 133(12):2934-2943. PMID: 23754203.

Evans, J.P., Berg, J.S., Olshan, A.F., Magnuson, T., Rimer, B.K. (2013).
We screen newborns, don’t we?: Realizing the promise of public health genomics.
Genetics in Medicine, 15(5):332-334. PMID: 23470837.

DeFrank, J.T., Rimer, B.K., Bowling, J.M., Earp, J.E., Breslau, E.S., Brewer, N.T. (2012).
Influence of false-positive mammography results on subsequent screening: Do physician recommendations buffer negative effects?
Journal of Medical Screening, 19(1):35-41. PMID: 22438505.

Rimer, B.K., Abrams, D.B. (2012). Present and Future Horizons for Transdisciplinary Research.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(2):200-1. PMID: 22261218.

O’Neill, S.C., Lipkus, I.M., Gierisch, J.M., Rimer, B.K., Bowling, J.M. (2012).
It’s the Amount of Thought that Counts: When Ambivalence Contributes to Mammography Screening Delay.
Women’s Health Issues, 22(2):e189-94. PMCID: PMC3276699.

Sheridan, S.L., Draeger, L.B., Pignone, M.P., Keyserling, T.C., Simpson R.J., Rimer, B.K., Bangdiwala, S.I., Cai, J., Gizlice, Z. (2011).
A Randomized Trial of an Intervention to Improve Use and Adherence to Effective Heart Disease Prevention Strategies.
BMC Health Services Research,11(331). PMCID: PMC3268742.

Pignone, M., Winguist, A., Schild, S.A., Lewis, C., Scott, T., Hawley, J., Rimer, B.K., Glanz, K. (2011).
Effectiveness of a Patient and Practice-Level Colorectal Cancer Screening Intervention in Health Plan Members: the CHOICE trial.
Cancer, 117(15):1664-1673. PMCID: PMC3136553.

Sabatino, S.A., Lawrence, B., Elder, R., Glanz, K., Mercer, S., Wilson, K., DeVinney, B., Melillo, S., Taplin, S., Bastani, R., K. Rimer, B.K.,
Vernon, S., Melvin, C., Taylor, V., Fernandez, M., Blumenthal, D., Task Force on Community Preventive Services. (2011).
The Effectiveness of Interventions to Increase Screening for Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancers: A Series of Updated Systematic
Reviews for The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide).
Implementation Science, 112(6):97-118. PMCID: PMC3222606.

Rosenstock, L., Helsing, K., Rimer, B.K. (2011). Public Health Education in the United States: Then and Now.
Public Health Reviews, 33(1):39-65.

Gierisch, J.M., DeFrank, J.T., Bowling, J.M., Rimer, B.K., Matuszewski, J.M., Farrell, D., Skinner, C.S. (2010).
Finding the Minimal Intervention Needed for Sustained Mammography Adherence.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39(4):334-344. PMCID: PMC2939860.