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J. Michael Bowling, PhD

J. Michael Bowling, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Adjunct Research Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics
  • 309 Rosenau Hall
  • CB# 7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Michael Bowling, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior.

Dr. Bowling’s primary interests are the evaluation of health interventions, particularly with injury prevention and criminal justice components. He is currently conducting several studies designed to identify the combination of individual, organizational and community-level factors that predict whether North Carolina women obtain domestic violence protective orders. He also is evaluating the impact of a school-based injury prevention program on risk factors associated with childhood injury as well as fire prevention programs targeted at low income families.

As a survey sampling statistician, Dr. Bowling leads a National Center for Health Statistics-funded effort to assess opportunities for using the Internet to collect population-based health data. He is a senior biostatistician with the UNC Survey Research Unit and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.

Representative Courses

HBHE 601: Principles of Statistical Inference

HBHE 761: Advanced Research Methods

Research Activities

Research Interests
Global Health
Health behavior
Injury prevention
Occupational health
Violence prevention

Key Publications

Engagement, enjoyment, and energy expenditure during active video game play. J. Bowling, Sriram Kalyanaraman, Elizabeth Lyons, Kurt Ribisl, Deborah Tate, Dianne Ward (2014). Health Psychology, 33(2), 174-181.

The influence of stigma and discrimination on female sex workers' access to hiv services in St. Petersburg, Russia. J. Bowling, J Bowling, Viktoria Dudina, V Dudina, Elizabeth King, E King, Suzanne Maman, S Maman, Kathryn Moracco, K Moracco (2013). AIDS and Behavior, 17(8), 2597-2603.

Parental socialization and children's susceptibility to alcohol use initiation. J. Bowling, Denise Dickinson, Susan Ennett, Christine Jackson (2013). Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(5), 694-702.


PhD, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992

MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982

BA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976

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