Noel Brewer, PhD

Noel Brewer, PhD Associate Professor
Health Behavior 

Noel Brewer’s website
Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

Rosenau Hall 325
Campus Box 7440
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
T: 919-966-3282
F: 919-966-2921
2002          Rutgers University          PhD, Social and Health Psychology


HBEH 750          Research Methods          Syllabus

Research Interests
  • Cancer
  • Health behavior
  • Health communication
  • Infectious diseases
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Vaccine uptake and communication
  • Women’s health

Research activities
Dr. Brewer studies how people make risky health decisions. His research focuses on vaccination, smoking, and health screening. Current studies examine HPV vaccination of teens (training physicians to give effective recommendations, using pharmacies as alternative settings, and quality improvement visits) and making cigarette pack warnings more effective for diverse populations (teens, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBT).

Select publications
Gilkey, M. B., Dayton, A. M., Moss, J. L., Sparks, A. C., Grimshaw, A. H., Bowling, J. M., & Brewer, N. T. (in press).
Increasing provision of adolescent vaccines in primary care: A randomized controlled trial.

Brewer, N. T., Chung, J. K., Baker, H. M., Rothholz, M. C., & Smith, J. S. (2014).
Pharmacist authority to provide HPV vaccine: Novel partners in cervical cancer prevention.
Gynecologic Oncology,  2014;132(SUPPL1):S3-S8.

Pepper, J. K., & Brewer, N. T. (2013).
Electronic nicotine delivery system (electronic cigarette) awareness, use, reactions, and beliefs: A systematic review.
Tobacco Control. Published online 20 November 2013

Hall, M. G., Ribisl, K. M., & Brewer, N. T. (2014).
Smokers’ and non-smokers’ beliefs about harmful tobacco constituents: Implications for FDA communication efforts.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(3):343-350.

Harris, R. P., Sheridan, S. L., Lewis, C. L., Barclay, C., Vu, M. B., Kistler, C. E., Golin, C. E., DeFrank, J. T., & Brewer, N. T. (2014).
The harms of screening: A proposed taxonomy and application to lung cancer screening.
JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(2):281-285.

Fischoff, B., Brewer, N. T., & Downs, J. (2011).
Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User’s Guide.
Washington, DC: Federal Drug Administration. [Book]