Susan Ennett, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Health Behavior

Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

358A Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7440
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7440

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1991          University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill         PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education
1987          University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill         MSPH, Health Behavior and Health Education
1976          Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts               BA, English

HBEH 726          Adolescent Health          Syllabus
HBEH 760          Doctoral Advanced Research Methods I          Syllabus

Research interests

  • Adolescent health
  • Cancer
  • Child development
  • Health behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Violence prevention

Research activities
Susan Ennett is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Director of the HB Doctoral Program. Her research focuses on the etiology and prevention of youth health risk behaviors. Her primary behavioral focus is tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; she also researches youth suicide, violence and dating violence, and risky sexual behavior. Her research focuses on how social contexts, including family, peers, schools, and neighborhoods, interrelate in promoting and constraining health risk behaviors over the early life course. Her prevention research concerns development and evaluation of family-based youth substance use and violence prevention programs, and examination of the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based school substance use prevention programs and school wellness policies. She teaches an elective on adolescent health risk behaviors and instructs in the required research methods course for doctoral students.

Select publications
Faris, R. & Ennett, S.T. (2012).
Adolescent aggression: The role of peer group status motives, peer aggression, and group characteristics.
Social Networks, 34, p.371-378.

Jackson, C., Ennett, S.T., Dickinson, D.M., & Bowling, J.M. (2012).
Letting children sip: Understanding why parents allow alcohol use by elementary school-aged children.
Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 166(11), p.1053-1057.

Ennett, S.T., Haws, S., Ringwalt, C.L., Vincus, A.A, Hanley, S., Bowling, J.M., and Rohrbach, L.A. (2011).
Evidence-based practice in school substance use prevention: Fidelity of implementation under real-world conditions.
Health Education Research, 26, p.361-371.

Ennett, S.T., Foshee, V.A., Bauman, K.E., Hussong, A., Faris, R., Hipp, J.,& Cai, L. (2010).
A social contextual analysis of youth cigarette smoking development.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12, p.950-962.

Ennett, S.T., Foshee, V.A., Bauman, K.E., Hussong, A., Faris, R., Hipp, J., Cai, L., Durant, R, & Reyes, L.M.R. (2008).
The social ecology of adolescent alcohol misuse.
Child Development, 79, p.1177-1791.