Dr. Shelley Golden

Shelley Golden, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Department of Health Behavior
359 Rosenau Hall
CB# 7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Shelley Golden's expertise is in public policy and health behavior. She is an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Golden's research assesses the role of health, economic and social welfare public policies on health-related behaviors, with a particular emphasis on commercial tobacco and alcohol use. She seeks to better understand the ways in which public policies and neighborhood characteristics influence individual health behaviors; state and policymaker characteristics that impact the adoption and dissemination of health-related laws; and the influence of changing retail market conditions on health behaviors and policies.

She teaches a large introductory public health class for MPH students, as well as a theory seminar for doctoral students, and she has written about structural interventions and ecological models in public health. As Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Dr. Golden works closely with other departmental leaders to foster high quality training programs to prepare the next generation of health behavior researchers and public health professionals.

Shelley Golden in the Gillings News

Representative Courses

Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, HBEH 600 | Syllabus

Foundations of Health Behavior I, HBEH 815 | Syllabus

Foundations of Health Behavior II, HBEH 816 | Syllabus

Key Publications

Comparing projected impacts of cigarette floor price and excise tax policies on socioeconomic disparities in smoking. Golden S. D., Farrelly M.C., Luke D.A., Ribisl K.M. (2016). Tobacco Control, 25(Suppl 1), i60-i66.

Beyond excise taxes: A systematic review of literature on non-tax policy approaches to raising tobacco product prices. Ellen Feighery, Shelley Golden, Kurt Ribisl, April Roeseler, Todd Rogers, Margaret Smith (2016). Tobacco Control, 25(4), 377-85.

Upending the Social Ecological Model to Guide Health Promotion Efforts Toward Policy and Environmental Change. Jo Earp, Shelley Golden, Lawrence Green, Lisa Lieberman, Kenneth McLeroy (2015). Health Education and Behavior, 42.


  • PhD, Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
  • MPH, Health Behavior/Health Education, Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999
  • BS, Biology , Yale University, 1994