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Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD

Lori Carter-Edwards

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 member of the Health Equity Southeastern Regional Committee and the Research Funding National Subcommittee of the American Heart Association.

Representative Courses

PUBH 781 Community Engagement and Leadership in Health  | Syllabus

Research Activities

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

Key Publications

Designing faith-based blood pressure interventions to reach young black men. Carter-Edwards L, Lindquist R, Redmond N, Turner C, Harding C, Oliver J, West L, Ravenell J, Shikany J.  (2018). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 55(5S1):S49-S58.

Race, ethnicity, and cultural influences. Carter-Edwards L, Brooks JL, Burgess S, Toms F (2018). In T Daaleman and M Helton, eds. Chronic Illness Care: Principles and Practices. New York: Springer.

Using community engagement, community Building, and social action to improve health. Wallerstein N, Minkler M, Carter-Edwards L, Avila M, Sanchez V.  (2015). In Glanz K, Rimer BK, and Viswanath K, eds. Health Behavior: Theory, Research & Practice, 5th ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Wiley,.

Community member and stakeholder perspectives on a healthy environment initiative in NC. Carter-Edwards L, Lowe-Wilson A, Mouw MS, Jeon JY, Ross Baber C, Vu M, Bethell M (2015). Preventing Chronic Disease, 12(127).

Evaluating policy, systems, and environmental change interventions: Lessons learned from the CDC’s Prevention Research Centers. Honeycutt S, Leeman J, McCarthy WJ, Bastani R, Carter-Edwards L, Clark H, Garney W, Gustat J, Hites L, Nothwehr F, Kegler, MC. (2015). Preventing Chronic Disease, 12(174).

Engaging faith-based communities: a public health leadership perspective. Carter-Edwards L, Pullen-Smith B, Toms F, Whitt-Glover M, Wilson C. (2013). . In, F Toms and S Burgess, eds. Lead the Way: Principles and Practices in Civic and Community Engagement. San Diego: Cognella Publishing,.

Report on CTSA consortium use of the Community Engagement Consulting Service. Carter-Edwards L, Cook J, McDonald MA, Weaver SM, Chukwuka K, Eder M. (2013). Clinical and Translational Science, 6(1), 34-39.

What "price" means when buying food. Insights from a multi-site qualitative study with Black Americans. DiSantis KI, Grier S, Odoms-Young A, Carter-Edwards L, Young DR, Lassiter V, Kumanyika S. (2013). American Journal of Public Health, 103(3), 516-522.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995

MPH, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, University of California at Los Angeles, 1990

BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1987

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