Jennifer M. Gierisch, PhD


Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Duke University

Legacy Towers, Suite 500
411 W Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

2008 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education
2000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education
Past Teaching
HBHE 816 Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of HB Syllabus
Research activities


  • Expertise and interest in maintenance of health behavior change, intervention science, systematic reviews, and chronic disease prevention and control; specifically interested in the interaction between health behaviors, general medicine outcomes, and mental illness

Primary teaching areas

  • Health Behavior Theory
  • Health Communications and Social Marketing

Primary Research areas

  • Cancer screening promotion
  • Systemic review methods
  • Smoking cessation
  • Designating physical health interventions for individuals with mental illnesses
Staff/administrative responsibilities

HB Availability

  • Advisor on a special project
  • Classroom or continuing education lecture
  • Faculty research collaboration
  • Dissertation committee member
  • HB Student Career Information Day volunteer