Vangie Foshee, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Behavior
323E Rosenau Hall
CB# 7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Vangie Foshee, PhD, is a public health researcher and professor specializing in health behavior and education. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Behavior.

Dr. Foshee’s research focuses on adolescent problem behaviors. Her etiological research has included identifying determinants at multiple levels of the social ecology of adolescent dating violence, cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Intervention studies have included development and evaluation of Safe Dates, a school-based adolescent dating violence prevention program; Families for Safe Dates, a family based dating abuse prevention program; and family-based dating abuse prevention programs for Latino families (NOVIOlencia) and teens who have been exposed to domestic violence (Moms and Teens for Safe Dates).

Research Activities

Research interests
Adolescent health
Child development
Health behavior
Injury prevention
Maternal health
Substance abuse
Violence prevention

Research activities
Vangie Foshee's research examines various problematic adolescent behaviors. Her etiological research has included identifying determinants of violence between adolescent dating couples, adolescent cigarette smoking and alcohol use, and adolescent sexual behavior. Intervention studies have included development and evaluation of Safe Dates, a school and community-based adolescent dating violence prevention program, and development and evaluation of a family-based adolescent substance abuse prevention program called Family Matters. Teaching responsibilities include secondary analysis and research methods and program evaluation.

Key Publications

Shared risk factors for the perpetration of physical dating violence, bullying, and sexual harassment among adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Foshee, V. A., McNaughton Reyes, H. L., Chen,* M. S., Ennett, S. T., Basile, K. C., DeGue, S., Vivolo-Kanter, A., M., Moracco, K. E., Bowling, J. M. (2016). Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

The effects of the Moms and Teens for Safe Dates program on dating abuse: A conditional process analysis. Foshee, V. A., Benefield, T., Chen,* M., Mc Naughton-Reyes, L., Dixon, K. S., Ennett, S. T., Moracco, K.E., & Bowling J. (2016). Prevention Science.

Self-regulatory failure and the perpetration of adolescent dating violence: Examining an alcohol by gene explanation. Foshee, V. A., Benefield, T. S., Puvanesarajah*, S., Reyes, H. L. M., Haberstick, B. C., Smolen, A., Ennett, S. T., & Suchindran, C.  (2015). Aggressive Behavior.

The effects of the evidence-based Safe Dates dating abuse prevention program on other youth violence outcomes. Foshee, V. A., Reyes, H.L.M, Agnew-Brune, C. B., Simon, T. R., Vagi, K. J., Lee, R. D., & Suchindran, C.  (2014). Prevention Science.


  • PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
  • MEd, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1984
  • BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 1981