Tamarie Macon

Tamarie Macon, PhD

Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program


Tamarie Macon, PhD, is an assistant professor in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Health Equity and Policy Executive with MAHEC. Since volunteering in high school mentoring Black and Brown children, Tamarie has long cared about justice for communities of color. Working with the Racial Justice Coalition of Asheville, Dr. Macon was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action research grant. Tamarie received the 2021 Spirit of MLK Award from MAHEC, as well as a UNC Gillings Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a legislative aide and health policy fellow for a United States Senator. Her previous role with a local nonprofit ending houselessness provided additional experience in community engagement and complex systems. In sum, Tamarie strives to build relationships with the community to co-create equitable structures and policy, and to imagine different ways of enacting justice. 

Honors and Awards

Research Grant
2021-2023, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action

Departmental Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award
2020-2021, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Spirit of MLK Award
2021, Mountain Area Health Education Center

Provost's Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity
2015-2017, NYU

Dissertation Fellowship
2014-2015, Ford Foundation

Predoctoral Fellowship
2011-2014, Ford Foundation

Rackham Merit Fellowship
2010-2015, University of Michigan

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2012, University of Michigan

Rhodes Scholar Finalist
2017, Oxford University

Division I Volleyball Scholarship
2003-2007, Rutgers University

Key Publications

Predictors of father investment of time and finances: The specificity of resources, relationships, and parenting beliefs. Macon, T. A., Tamis-LeMonda, C. S., Cabrera, N. J., & McFadden, K. E. (2017). Journal of Family Issues.

Associations of racial discrimination and parental discrimination coping messages with African American adolescent racial identity. Richardson, B. L., Macon, T. A., Mustafaa, F. N., Bogan, E. D., Cole-Lewis, Y., & Chavous, T. M. (2015). Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Unmet need, cost burden, and communication problems in SCHIP by special health care needs status. Miller, J. E., Macon, T. A., Gaboda, D., & Cantor, J. C. (2012). Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Differential retention of children with special health needs in the state children's health insurance program (SCHIP). Macon, T. A., Miller, J. E., Gaboda, D., Simpson, T., & Cantor, J. C. (2007). Pediatrics.


  • PhD, Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, 2015
  • MS, Psychology, University of Michigan, 2012
  • BS, Public Health, Rutgers University, 2007