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Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD

Professor and Department Chair Department of Health Behavior
Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD, is chair and professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ribisl is also the program leader for Cancer Prevention and Control at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He served as a member of the congressionally-mandated Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) for the United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products from 2012 to 2016.

Professor Ribisl’s primary research interest is evaluating and improving the reach of population-level efforts to reduce tobacco use with a particular emphasis on policy and information technology. He specializes in studying policy issues related to the sales and marketing of tobacco products at the point of sale and on the Internet. He has researched tobacco product marketing, pricing, promotions and youth access as well as use of geographic information systems in tobacco control.

Honors and Awards

Joseph W. Cullen Award for excellence in tobacco research
2017, American Society of Preventive Oncology

Teaching Innovation Award
2015, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Teaching Innovation Award
2013, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Health Behavior Health Education Teacher of the Year
2012, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education

Representative Courses

HBEH 730 Theoretical Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science | Syllabus

HBEH 795 eHealth | Syllabus

Research Activities

Health behavior
Health communication
Tobacco prevention, marketing, and control

Key Publications

Impact of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network: Accelerating the Translation of Research into Practice. Ribisl, K. M., Fernandez, M. E., Friedman, D., Hannon, P., Leeman, J., Moore, A. A., Olson, L. T., Ory, M., Risendal, B., Sheble, L., Taylor, V., Williams, R., Weiner, B. J. (2017). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(3, Supplement 3), S233-S240.
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Reducing disparities in tobacco retailer density by banning tobacco product sales near schools. Ribisl, K. M., Luke, D. A., Snider, D., Sorg, A., Moreland-Russell, S.  (2017). Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19(2), 239-244.
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Integrating Tobacco Control and Obesity Prevention Initiatives at Retail Outlets. Ribisl K. M., D'Angelo H., Evenson K. R., Fleischhacker S., Myers A. E., Rose S. W. (2016). Preventing Chronic Disease, 13.
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PhD, Ecological - Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1995

MA, Ecological - Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1992

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention, Stanford University Center for Research in Disease Prevention, 1997

BA, Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1989