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Anissa I. Vines, PhD

Anissa Vines

Anissa I. Vines, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Research Fellow
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
  • 266 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7435
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Anissa I. Vines is an assistant professor and member of the social epidemiology program at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and is affiliated with several research centers where she contributes expertise in health equity. She has extensive experience developing and leading initiative to reduce and eliminate health disparities through research engagement with the community; programs to train health disparities scholars; and development and use of innovative research methods and approaches. 

Her epidemiological research centers on understanding the effects of stress and coping on chronic disparate conditions such as uterine fibroids, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. She has examined multiple stressors, especially perceived racial discrimination, using the Telephone-administered Perceived Racism Scale that she developed for epidemiologic use. In addition, she uses peer support as an approach in her community-engaged scholarship to address cancer disparities.

Representative Courses

Introduction to Public Health (SPHG 600)

Interdisciplinary Seminar on Health Disparities (EPID 892)

Research Activities

Dr. Vines' research centers on understanding the underlying determinants of health disparities with interests in community-based research, chronic disease epidemiology and cancer.

Key Publications

Development and reliability of a Telephone-Administered Perceived Racism Scale (TPRS): A tool for epidemiological use. Donna Baird, Michael Bohlig, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Maya McNeilly, June Stevens, Anissa Vines (2001). Ethnicity and Disease, 11(2), 251-262.

Associations of abdominal fat with perceived racism and passive emotional responses to racism in African American women. Donna Baird, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Kathleen Light, Maya McNeilly, June Stevens, Anissa Vines (2007). American Journal of Public Health, 97(3), 526-530.

Connecting community with campus to address cancer health disparities: a community grants program model. Paul Godley, Michelle Manning, Crystal Meyer, Randall Teal, Anissa Vines (2011). Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action, 5(2), 207-212.

The association between self-reported major life events and the presence of uterine fibroids. Denise Esserman, Myduc Ta, Anissa Vines (2010). Women's Health Issues, 20(4), 294-298.

Self-reported daily stress, squelching of anger and the management of daily stress and the prevalence of uterine leiomyomata: The ultrasound screening study. Donna Baird, Denise Esserman, Thu Nguyen, Myduc Ta, Anissa Vines (2011). Stress and Health, 27(3), e188-e194.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Co-Director: Integrating Special Populations Program, NC TraCS Program

Co-Regional Coordinating Director: Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Research Program (GMAP), Region 1-South (NC, SC, TN)

Co-Director: NC Peer Support Network and Community Health Education Program, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

MS, Biometry, Louisiana State University, 1994

BS, Statistics (minor in Mathematics), Xavier University of Louisiana, 1994

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