Linda Kinsinger, MD

Kinsinger Adjunct Associate Professor
Public Health Leadership Program; Social Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Dr. Kinsinger’s website

Department of Veterans Affairs
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP)
3022 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 200
Durham, NC 27705


1990 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education
1979 University of Iowa College of Medicine MD
1972 Iowa State University BS, Zoology


Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Health behavior
  • Health communication
  • Obesity


Research activities


  • Works in the development of clinical policies and programs related to health promotion, clinical preventive services, health education and information, and weight management for the Veterans Health Administration
  • Developing a variety of resources to support non-face-to-face delivery of these programs, including
    • an online health library
    • an online health risk assessment
    • health behavior change interventions delivered by telephone, web, and home tele-health devices
  • Multi-disciplinary staff (physicians, nurses, health psychologists, health educators, and other clinical (dietitian, physical therapist) and administrative staff (communication specialist, writer/editor, biostatistician, others)) provides training in motivational interviewing and patient-centered communication/health coaching
  • Program evaluation, both internally and working with outside researchers


Staff/administrative responsibilities

HB Availability

  • Faculty research collaboration — working with Deb Tate on project related to phone and web-based weight management
  • Practicum preceptor — opportunities with Veterans Health Education and Information section of the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Key publications
Kinsinger LS, Harris R (2001)
Breast Cancer Discussion for Women in Their Forties.
Breast Disease 2001: vol.13, p.1-11.
Kinsinger LS, Harris P, Lewis C, Woodell M (2001)
Chemoprevention of Breast Cancer RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center Report for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Available at
Pignone M, Harris R, Kinsinger L (2000)
Randomized Controlled Trial of a Videotape-based Decision Aid for Colon Cancer Screening.
Annals of Internal Medicine: vol.133, p.761-769.
Kinsinger L (2000)
Teaching Prevention in Internal Medicine Clerkships.
Acad Med: vol.75, p.S60-S65.
Kinsinger L, Harris R, Qaqish B, Kaluzny A, Strecher V (1998)
Using an Office System Intervention to Increase Breast Cancer Screening.
Journal of Internal Medicine: vol.13, p.507-514.