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Carmina G. Valle, PhD

Carmina Valle

Carmina G. Valle, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 135 Dauer Drive
  • MHRC 2004
  • CB #7461
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Carmina Valle, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor of nutrition with more than 15 years of experience in the field of cancer prevention and control. She is a behavioral scientist and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Weight Research Program. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating digital behavior change interventions to eliminate disparities in cancer. Dr. Valle’s research addresses: (1) novel strategies to improve nutrition, physical activity, and weight control in cancer survivors, with a particular emphasis on young adults and minority populations; (2) implementing behavioral interventions related to cancer prevention and control with potential for scalability and dissemination through the use of technology; and (3) optimizing tailored health communications to improve cancer prevention behaviors. She has conducted physical activity and weight control interventions for cancer survivors using Facebook, wearable activity trackers, and digital smart scales.

Dr. Valle is principal investigator of a grant funded through the National Cancer Institute to evaluate the efficacy of a theory-based, mobile- and Facebook-delivered physical activity intervention for young adult cancer survivors. In addition, she is Co-Principal Investigator on a Gillings Innovation Lab, focused on developing just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) around wearable and connected health devices, and on a study testing a mobile health intervention to promote physical activity in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Other recently completed projects include an evaluation of the effects of tailored health messages on intentions to engage in cancer prevention behaviors and a cultural adaptation of a tailored health assessment tool for Latino cancer survivors.

Honors and Awards

Citation Abstract Award, 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions

2017, Society of Behavioral Medicine

New Investigators Workshop Finalist and Participant

2014, American Society of Preventive Oncology

Outstanding Dissertation Award

2013, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award Supporting Research Excellence in Cancer and the Population Sciences

2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A. Hughes Bryan Outstanding Doctoral Award

2012, UNC Department of Nutrition

Research Activities

Cancer prevention and control
Cancer survivorship
Health behavior
Health communication
Health disparity reduction
Physical activity
Young adults

Service Activities

BSPH/MS Committee, UNC Department of Nutrition

Diversity and Inclusion Committee, UNC Department of Nutrition

Royster Society of Fellows Faculty Board, UNC Graduate School

Vice Chair, Behavioral Science & Health Communication Special Interest Group, American Society of Preventive Oncology

Program Committee, 2019 Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Key Publications

Optimizing Tailored Communications for Health Risk Assessment: A Randomized Factorial Experiment of the Effects of Expectancy Priming, Autonomy Support, and Exemplification. Valle CG, Queen TL, Martin BA, Ribisl KM, Mayer DK, Tate DF (2018). J Med Internet Res, 20(3), e63.

Preventing weight gain in African American breast cancer survivors using smart scales and activity trackers: A randomized controlled pilot study. Valle C.G., Deal A.M., & Tate D.F (2017). Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 11(1), 133-148.

Engagement of young adult cancer survivors within a Facebook-based physical activity intervention. Valle CG & Tate DF  (2017). Translational Behavioral Medicine.

Exploring mediators of physical activity in young adult cancer survivors: Evidence from a randomized trial of a Facebook-based physical activity intervention. Valle CG, Tate DF, Mayer DK, Allicock M, Cai J. (2015). Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 4(1), 26-33.
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A randomized trial of a Facebook-based physical activity intervention for young adult cancer survivors. Valle CG, Tate DF, Mayer DK, Allicock M, Cai J (2013). J Cancer Surviv, 7(3), 355-368.


PhD, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University, 2002

BS, Biology, Yale University, 1997

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