Carolyn Halpern, PhD

Professor and Chair
Maternal and Child Health
Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile
MCH: 401 Rosenau
Campus Box 7445
CPC: 206 W. Franklin St.
Campus Box 8120
Chapel Hill 27599
T: MCH: 919-966-5981
T: CPC: 919-962-6155

1982 University of Houston PhD, Developmental Psychology
1979 University of Houston MA, Developmental Psychology
1976 University of Houston BS, Psychology

Research interests

  • Child development
  • Disabilities
  • Health behavior
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Substance abuse
  • Women’s health

Research activities

Biopsychosocial models of health and well-being from adolescence to young adulthood, particularly sexual health and behavior, sexual minorities, gender roles, and intimate partner violence.

Staff/administrative responsibilities

  • Professor and Chair, Maternal and Child Health
  • Director, Carolina Population Center Training Program
  • Deputy Director, National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health

Key publications
Strutz KL, Halpern CT, Hogan VK, Siega-Riz AM, Suchindran CM, Hussey JM (2014)
Preconception stress, birth weight, and birth weight disparities among U.S. women.
American Journal of Public Health: In press. DOI: 10.2105/ajph.2014.301904.
Reese B, Choukas-Bradley S, Herring AH, Halpern CT (2014)
Predictors of varying emergent adolescent and young adult sexual patterns.
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: vol.46(4), DOI: 10.1363/46e2214.
Chung A, Skinner AC, Maslow GR, Halpern CT, Perrin EM (2014)
Sex differences in adult outcomes by changes in weight status from adolescence to adulthood: results from Add Health.
Academic Pediatrics: vol.14(5), p.448-55.
Iritani BJ, Waller MW, Halpern CT, Moracco KE, Christ SL, Flewelling RL (2013)
Alcohol outlet density and young women’s perpetration of violence toward male intimate partners.
Journal of Family Violence: vol.28(5), p.459070.
Halpern CT, Haydon A (2012)
Sexual timetables for oral-genital, vaginal, and anal sex: Sociodemographic comparisons in a nationally representative sample..
American Journal of Public Health: vol.102(6), p.1221-8.
Haydon A, Herring A, Prinstein M, Halpern CT (2012)
Beyond age at first sex: Patterns of emerging sexual behavior in adolescence and young adulthood.
Journal of Adolescent Health: vol.50(5), p.456-463.
Haydon A, Herring A, Halpern CT (2012)
The association between patterns of emerging sexual behavior and reproductive health in young adulthood.
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: vol.44(4), p.218–227.