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Shelley Golden, PhD

Shelley Golden, PhD

Assistant Professor
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.

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