Laura Linnan, ScD

Laura Linnan, ScD Professor
Health Behavior

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
T: 919-843-8044
F: 919-966-2921

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

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
My applied intervention research aims to prevent and control chronic diseases, e.g. cancer, CVD/stroke, diabetes and arthritis. We 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. We also design/develop innovative, mixed method, process and outcome evaluations. As Founding Director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), we bring together faculty from many disciplines, as well as state/local goverment officials, representatives from health care organizations, employers and nonprofits to stimulate new research on topics which intersect issues of work, health and family life. Our mission is to promote the development of evidence-based programs and policies that improve worker and workplace health. In addition, I am 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 Injury Prevention Center.

Select publications

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

Steckler, A. and Linnan, L. (Eds.) (2002).
Process Evaluation in Public Health Research and Interventions.
Jossey Bass Publishers

Linnan, L., Kim, A., Wasilewski, Y., Lee, A. M., Solomon, F., and Yang, J. (2001).
Working with Licensed Cosmetologists to Promote Health: Results from the North Carolina BEAUTY and Health Pilot Study.
Preventive Medicine, 33, p.606-612.

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.