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Alison Woomert, PhD

Alison Woomert, PhD

Project Director
Department of Epidemiology
  • 137 East Franklin Street
  • CVS Plaza, Suite #306
  • CB #8050
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • USA

Research Activities

Birth defects research and prevention

Health promotion and disease prevention in the aging population

Doctoral research focused on smoking cessation (social support and addictive behavior change)

Staff/Administrative Duties

Dr. Alison Woomert has managed research projects at the University of North Carolina for over 20 years. Since 2009, she has overseen the day-to-day research operations, proposal preparation and reporting for the N.C. Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (NCCBDRP), funded by the CDC. Her work includes managing the N.C. National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) and Birth Defects Study To Evaluate Pregnancy exposureS (BD-STEPS), led by Dr. Andrew Olshan, as part of a national effort to identify environmental and genetic causes of birth defects and ways to prevent them.


PhD, Sociology (Medical), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990

MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979

BA, Sociology / Anthropology, Ithaca College, 1972

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