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Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD

Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD

Assistant 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

Research Activities

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

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