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Noel Brewer, PhD

Professor Department of Health Behavior
Adjunct Professor Department of Psychology
Member Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599


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.

Honors and Awards

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

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).

Anticipated regret and health behavior: A meta-analysis. Brewer N. T., DeFrank, J. T., & Gilkey, M. B.  (2016). Health Psychology.

Pictorial cigarette pack warnings: A meta-analysis of experimental studies.  Noar, S. M., Hall, M. G., Francis, D. B., Ribisl, K. M., Pepper, J. K., & Brewer, N. T.  (2015). Tobacco Control.

A comparative effectiveness trial of alternate formats for presenting benefits and harms information for three low-value preventive services. Sheridan, S. L., Sutkowi-Hemstreet, A., Barclay, C., Brewer, N. T., et al (2016). JAMA Internal Medicine.


PhD, Psychology, Rutgers University, 2002

MS, Psychology, Rutgers University, 2000

BA, Economics, University of California, 1993