Melissa Gilkey

Melissa Gilkey, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
317 Rosenau Hall
CB #7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Melissa B. Gilkey is an associate professor of health behavior in the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. With research interests in adolescent health, cancer prevention and health services research, Dr. Gilkey studies individual, interpersonal and organizational approaches to improving the delivery of adolescent vaccines, including human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Her work includes survey research to understand barriers to vaccination, such as provider and parental hesitancy, as well as intervention research aimed at improving vaccine delivery systems. Dr. Gilkey is co-PI of a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the AFIX (Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and eXchange) model for improving HPV vaccine coverage in primary care settings.

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Melissa Gilkey in the Gillings News

Representative Courses

Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar (HPM/HBEH 765, EPID 772)

Research Activities

- Cancer prevention
- Adolescent health
- Provider behavior change
- Health services research
- Implementation science


  • PhD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
  • MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina, 2005
  • BA, English, University of North Carolina, 1998