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Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD

Dr. Alexandra Lightfoot

Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Director of Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance Core
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CDC Prevention Research Center)
  • 1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
  • CB #7426
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, is a national award-winning leader in using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to address health disparities in collaboration with communities. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior.

Lightfoot co-instructs a seminar on CBPR and photovoice and teaches courses in foundations of health behavior and professional development in the Master of Public Health program. She is interested in the intersection of adolescent health disparities and educational inequities, and her current research focuses on the adaptation of adolescent sexual health interventions for new contexts. She has extensive experience using arts-based approaches to engage communities and inform intervention development and implementation.

As director of the Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance Core at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, UNC’s CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, Lightfoot works with CBPR experts to provide technical assistance to strengthen research partnerships using Charette, a community engagement consulting model. The Charette model was awarded the inaugural UNC Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award for Exemplary Partnerships in 2012.

Honors and Awards

Teaching Innovation Award

2019, Department of Health Behavior. UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

2016 - 2018, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thomas A. Bruce Award of Honor for Leadership in Community-Based Public Health

2015, Community-Based Public Health Caucus, American Public Health Association

Representative Courses

HBEH 700 | Syllabus

HBEH 704 | Syllabus

HBEH 710 | Syllabus

Research Activities

Cardiovascular disease
Child health and development
Global health
Health behavior
Health disparity reduction
Health policy
Minority health
Sexually transmitted diseases

Key Publications

'It’s like you don’t have a roadmap really’: Using an antiracism framework to analyze patients’ encounters in the cancer system. Black KZ, Lightfoot AF, Schaal JC, Mouw MS, Yongue C, Samuel CA, Faustin YF, Ackert KL, Akins B, Baker SL, Foley K, Hilton AR, Mann-Jackson L, Robertson LB, Shin JY, Yonas M, Eng E (2018). Ethnicity & Health.

"I learned to be okay with talking about sex and safety": assessing the efficacy of a theatre-based HIV prevention approach for adolescents in North Carolina. Lightfoot AF, Taboada A, Taggart T, Trang T, Burtaine A.  (2015). Sex Education, 15(14), Lightfoot AF, Taboada A, Taggart T, Trang T, Burtaine A..
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'What I wish my doctor knew about my life': Using photovoice with immigrant Latino adolescents to explore barriers to healthcare. Lightfoot, A.F., Thatcher, K., Simán, F.M., Eng, E., Merino, Y., Thomas, T., Coyne-Beasley, T. and Chapman, M.V. (2017). Qualitative Social Work.
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EdD, Administration, Planning and Social Policy Research, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1998

EdM, Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1989

AB, American History and Literature, Harvard College, 1983

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