Deborah Tate, PhD

Associate Professor
Health Behavior

Associate Professor

Curriculum vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

 Campus Box 7440
Gillings School of Global Public Health , Rosenau Hall
Chapel Hill 27599-7440

T: 919-966-7546
F: 919-966-2921

1999 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University PhD, Clinical Psychology
1995 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University MS, Clinical Psychology
1989 The College of William and Mary BA, English
HBHE 811 Doctoral Seminar: Development of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention Syllabus
Research interests

  • Clinical trials
  • Health behavior
  • Health communication
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
Research activities

Dr. Tate is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist whose primary research interests lie in obesity prevention and treatment and behavioral interventions. She is jointly appointed in the departments of Health Behavior and Nutrition and is a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The two main areas of her research program are: (a) strategies for improving weight loss and (b) the translation of obesity treatment programs using alternatives to clinic-based care often involving new technologies. She has developed and evaluated several of the first randomized trials using the Internet and e-mail to deliver behavioral treatments for obesity and continues to conduct a programmatic series of studies to determine which features of Internet weight control programs contribute to efficacy. Dr. Tate serves as Director of an NIH P30 Core focused on behavioral intervention research with an emphasis on health communication. Her NIH-funded research has evaluated integrated programs using PDAs, the Internet, and e-counseling with a behavior therapist; an intervention for weight loss maintenance delivered via phone/in person or via e-mail/Internet; and using Internet technology to deliver tailored interventions to increase exercise.