Dr. Asheley Cockrell Skinner

Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Managment
Adjunct Associate Professor
General Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine


Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, is a health services researcher focused on addressing a variety of population health issues, particularly those affecting children.

She is currently an Associate Professor at Duke University, at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

She received her PhD in 2007 in Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

She is a nationally-known expert in childhood obesity, focusing on the measurement of obesity, the health consequences of obesity, and preventing stigma in obesity interventions and policy. She also has significant experience in the areas of child maltreatment, substance use and abuse among adolescents, and prescription drug misuse.

In addition to her many roles in research, she is also a dedicated teacher, mentoring doctoral students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty.

Research Activities

  • Pediatric research
  • Child health policy
  • Childhood obesity
  • Substance use
  • Child welfare
  • Program evaluation
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Medicaid Policy


  • BS, Healthcare Management, University of Alabama, 2001
  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007