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M. Justin Byron, PhD
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M. Justin Byron, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine, UNC School of Medicine

Dr. Justin Byron uses behavioral science to learn how to improve health communication to support health policies in the U.S. and abroad. He focuses on tobacco control and is currently examining public perceptions of a potential very low nicotine content cigarette policy.

Honors and Awards

Selected Speaker at Annual Scientific Retreat

2016, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Doctoral Special Project Research Award

2012, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Hopkins Sommer Scholarship

2009, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Inductee

2009, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter

Key Publications

Icons for health effects of cigarette smoke: A test of semiotic type. Lazard, A. J., Schmidt, A., Vu, H., Byron, M. J., Peters, E., Boynton, M. H., & Brewer, N. T. (2017). Journal of Behavioral Medicine, advance online publication.

How hearing about harmful chemicals affects smokers’ interest in dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Pepper, J. K., Byron, M. J., Ribisl, K. R., & Brewer, N. T. (2017). Preventive Medicine, 96(1), 144–148.

Using the theory of normative social behavior to understand low compliance with smoke-free laws in a middle-income country. Byron, M. J., Cohen, J. E., Frattaroli, S., Gittelsohn, J., & Jernigan, D. H. (2016). Health Education Research, 31(6), 738-748.

Public understanding of cigarette smoke constituents: Three United States surveys. Brewer, N. T., Morgan, J. C., Baig, S. A., Mendel, J. R., Boynton, M. H., Pepper, J.K., Byron, M. J., Noar, S. M., Agans, R. P., & Ribisl, K. M. (2016). Tobacco Control, advance online publication.

Adolescents’ and adults’ perceptions of ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘additive-free’ cigarettes, and the required disclaimers. Byron, M. J., Baig, S. A., Moracco, K. E., & Brewer, N. T. (2016). Tobacco Control, 25(5), 517-520.

Education

PhD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014

MHS, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009

BA, Psychology and Philosophy, Boston College, 2000

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