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Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD

Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD

Associate Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
  • 4203 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA
Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards is an associate professor in the Public Health Leadership Program, and adjunct faculty in both Epidemiology and Health Behavior at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also the director of the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Program (CaSE) in the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS). As a social epidemiologist and health educator, she has over 20 years of experience conducting observational studies and interventions, with emphasis on psychosocial factors associated with cardiovascular-related risk factors and outcomes in African American communities. She is a nationally recognized expert in community engaged research.  

Dr. Carter-Edwards is the creator of the NC TraCS fiscal readiness initiative, designed to improve knowledge and capacity of community partners and academic researchers in the pre- and post-award grants management process. She is the co-chair of the competencies workgroup for the Statewide Community Health Worker Initiative, where stakeholders across the state are collaboratively developing a strategic plan for the certification of community health workers in North Carolina. She is co-investigator and member of the UNC National Program Office for the Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health program designed to transform local public health departments. She is also a board member for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate region of the American Heart Association.

Representative Courses

Research Activities

Cardiovascular disease
Community engagement
Evidence-based public health
Faith-based organizational health promotion
Health behavior
Health disparities
Health equity

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