Carolyn Halpern, PhD

Maternal and Child Health

Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

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Chapel Hill 27599-8120
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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

Director of MCH Doctoral Program


Key publications
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.
Halpern CT, Whitsel EA, Wagner B, Harris KM (2012)
Challenges of measuring diurnal cortisol levels in a large population-based field study.
Psychoneuroendocrinology: vol.37(4), p.499-508.
Haydon AA, McRee AL, Halpern CT (2011)
Unwanted sex among young adults in the US: The role of physical disability and cognitive performance..
Journal of Interpersonal Violence: vol.26(17), p.3476-3493.