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Denise Dickinson, MPH

Denise Dickinson, MPH

Adjunct Instructor
Department of Health Behavior
  • CB #7440

Denise Dickinson is a research public health analyst in RTI’s Primary Prevention Research and Evaluation Program. She has 24 years of experience in public health research and practice, including federally funded research study management. Ms. Dickinson has extensive experience with research methodology, including study design, questionnaire design, participant recruitment, development of data collection protocols, data analysis and reporting of findings.

She also is skilled in designing data collection methods and instruments for studies involving children, having managed eight longitudinal studies with child participants. She is experienced in qualitative data collection methods such as semi-structured interviews and focus group facilitation. Other expertise includes intervention design and development of intervention materials.

She has coauthored numerous published manuscripts and reports. Ms. Dickinson is a fluent Spanish speaker who has conducted research in Latin America.

Research Activities

Alcohol and drug use prevention (especially among children and adolescents), tobacco control, health communication, childhood obesity prevention, family-based interventions, international health


MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991

Certificate, Latin American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991

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