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Noel Brewer, PhD

Noel Brewer, PhD

Department of Health Behavior
Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychology
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
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  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Noel Brewer, PhD, studies how people make risky health decisions. His current work focuses on increasing HPV vaccination, communicating the harms of smoking and encouraging appropriate use of screening. He is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior. In 2017 and 2018, Dr. Brewer was recognized by Clarivite as among the top 1% most cited researchers in the world. Brewer's research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN.

Honors and Awards

Clarivite Highly Cited Researcher

2017 - 2018

Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty

2011, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Early Career Alumnus Award for Distinguished Accomplishments and Service

2010, Rutgers University

Representative Courses

HBEH 750: Applied Research Methods | Syllabus

Research Interests

  • Behavior Science
  • Cancer
  • Health Services and Systems Strengthening
  • Implementation Science
  • Tobacco Use and Smoking

Service Activities

Chair, National HPV Vaccination Roundtable, 2014-present

Associate Editor, Health Psychology Review, 2009-present

Key Publications

Understanding why pictorial cigarette pack warnings increase quit attempts.  Brewer NT, Parada H Jr, Hall MG, Boynton MH, Noar SM, Ribisl KM (2018). Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Increasing vaccination: Putting psychological science into action. Brewer NT, Chapman GB, Rothman AJ, Leask J, Kempe A (2017). Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 18.

Announcements Versus Conversations to Improve HPV Vaccination Coverage: A Randomized Trial. Brewer NT, Hall ME, Malo TL, Gilkey MB, Quinn B, Lathren C (2017). Pediatrics, 139(1).

Effect of Pictorial Cigarette Pack Warnings on Changes in Smoking Behavior: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Brewer NT, Hall MG, Noar SM, Parada H, Stein-Seroussi A, Bach LE, Hanley S, Ribisl KM (2016). JAMA Internal Medicine, 176(7), 905-12.


PhD, Psychology, Rutgers University, 2002

MS, Psychology, Rutgers University, 2000

BA, Economics, University of California, 1993

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