Laura Linnan, ScD

Laura Linnan, ScD Professor
Health Behavior 

Director
Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work & Health
Curriculum vitae
Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work & Health
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

307 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7440
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
USA
T: 919-843-8044
F: 919-966-2921
linnan@email.unc.edu

 Education
1999          Harvard University, School of Public Health          ScD, Health & Social Behavior
1983          University of Toledo                                                   MSEd, Public Health
1981          Indiana State University                                           BS, Health Education

Teaching
HBEH 752     Public Health Intervention and Evaluation     Syllabus

Research interests
Cancer
Cardiovascular disease
Health behavior
Health communication
Minority health
Obesity
Occupational health
Women’s health

Research activities
Dr. Linnan’s applied intervention research aims to prevent and control chronic diseases, e.g. cancer, CVD/stroke, diabetes and arthritis. She and her team apply community-based participatory research principles to plan, deliver and evaluate interventions in collaboration with individuals from worksites, colleges/universities, beauty/barber shops, public libraries, and other settings. She also designs/develops innovative, mixed method, process and outcome evaluations. As Founding Director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), she brings together faculty from many disciplines, state/local goverment officials, and representatives from health care organizations, employers and nonprofits to stimulate new research on topics that intersect issues of work, health and family life. The Collaboratives mission is to promote the development of evidence-based programs and policies that improve worker and workplace health. In addition, Dr. Linnan serves as the Healthy Aging Workforce Program Lead (UNC Institute on Aging), a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, a member of the Center for Urban & Regional Planning, a fellow of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and a collaborator with members of the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.


Select publications
Kneipp, S.M.; Beeber, L.L.; Linnan, L.A. (2014).
Headache and health-related job loss among disadvantaged women.
Journal for Nurse Practitioners,10(5):316-324.

Linnan, L.A.; Heather D’Angelo; Cherise B. Harrington. (2014).
A literature synthesis of health promotion research in salons and barbershops.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(1):77-85.

Marcel Bilger; Eric A. Finkelstein; Eliza Kruger; Deborah F. Tate; Linnan, L.A. (2013).
The effect of weight loss on health, productivity, and medical expenditures among overweight employees.
Medical Care, 51(6):471-477.

Linnan, L.A.; Fisher, E.B.; Hood, S. (2013).
The power and potential of peer support in workplace interventions.
American Journal of Health Promotion, 28(1):TAHP2-TAHP10.

Yeary, K.H.K.; Klos, L.A.; Linnan, L.A. (2012).
The Examination of Process Evaluation Use in Church-Based Health Interventions: A Systematic Review.
Health Promotion Practice, 13(4):524-534.

Linnan, L., Steckler,  A., Maman, S.,  et al. (2010).
Engaging key stakeholders to assess and improve the professional preparation of MPH health educators at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
American Journal of Public Health

Linnan, L., Bowling, M., Childress, J., Lindsay, G., Blakey, S., et al. (2008).
Results of the 2004 National Worksite Health Promotion Survey.
American Journal of Public Health

Linnan, L., Sorensen, G., Colditz, G., Klar, N., Emmons, K.  M. (2001).
Using Theory to Understand the Multiple Determinants of Low Participation in Worksite Health Promotion Programs.
Health Education and Behavior, 8, p.591-607.