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Shelley Golden, PhD

Shelley Golden

Shelley Golden, PhD

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

Shelly Golden’s expertise is in public policy and health education. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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

She teaches introductory health behavior classes, as well as modules on population health and social determinants, and she has written about structural interventions and ecological models in public health. Dr. Golden also teaches courses on social and behavioral sciences in public health as well as the foundations of health behavior.

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

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