Kristie Foley, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior


Kristie Foley, PhD, is a professor of social sciences and health policy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she also serves as program leader of Cancer Prevention and Control. Her research focuses on the organizational and structural factors that contribute to disparities across the cancer continuum. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Foley thoroughly enjoys teaching and mentoring, having taught undergraduates, graduate students and medical students in the fields of research methods, epidemiology, health policy, global health and research ethics.

Teaching Interests

Current teaching: Population Health and Health Policy (Wake Forest School of Medicine)

Previous instruction: Global Health, Epidemiology, Research Ethics, Health of Women and Girls (Davidson College)

Future course: Research Methods (Wake Forest School of Medicine)

Research Activities

Cancer prevention and control, especially colorectal, lung and cervical cancers
Chronic disease management
Global health
Health behavior change
Health services and systems
Implementation science
Minority health
Public health ethics and law
Tobacco prevention and control

Practice Activities

Tobacco prevention and control

Staff/Administrative Duties

Advises students on special projects, collaborates on research with health behavior faculty, guest lectures in health behavior courses


  • PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
  • MS, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994