Kathryn Pollak, PhD


Adjunct Associate Professor
Health Behavior

Associate Professor
Duke University Medical Center


Duke University Medical Center
2424 Erwin Road, Suite 602
Durham, NC 27705


1996 University of Houston PhD, Social Psychology
1994 University of Houston MA, Social Psychology
Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Health behavior
  • Health care delivery
  • Obesity
Research activities


  • Social psychologist specializing in health behavior interventions, including:
    • smoking cessation during pregnancy
    • teaching physicians effective communication techniques.
  • Works with Latino communities to address smoking, nutrition, and physical activity

Primary teaching areas

  • Health behavior interventions (smoking cessation)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Doctor-patient communication

Primary Research areas

  • Smoking cessation interventions
  • Doctor-patient communication
  • Working with Latino communities

Availabilty as HB adjunct:

  • Advisor on a special project
  • Faculty research collaboration
  • Dissertation committee member
  • HB Student Career Information Day volunteer