2017 Postdoctoral Trainees smile for a photo.

Dr. Geni Eng, Postdoctoral Trainees Kia Davis, Katrina Ellis, Chantel Martin and Dr. Alexandra Lightfoot (2017 photo.)

The Cancer Health Disparities Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers postdoctoral training on cross-cutting health disparity issues across the cancer continuum, from etiology and primary prevention to survivorship. The program includes the major cancers and addresses risk factors, epidemiological bases of disparities, detection, epidemiology, research methods, prevention and control, promotion, screening, communication, community-based participatory research and policy.

Fellows receive up to two years of funding. At the end of each year, each fellow’s performance is evaluated and funding for the next year depends on the progress made. Fellows are assigned faculty mentors in more than one discipline and benefit from the UNC’s highly collaborative, productive and multidisciplinary faculty.

Leaders

Dr. Genie Eng

Dr. Genie Eng

Geni Eng, DrPh, professor of health behavior, is  Co-Principal Investigator. Her research focuses on the integration of community development and health education interventions in the rural United States and developing countries. Eng’s current projects apply community-based, participatory research to the design and evaluation of interventions relevant to women, racial and ethnic communities and developing nations. She teaches community organization, cross-cultural aspects of health-education practices, community-based participatory research methodology and photovoice.


Dr. Alexandra Lightfoot

Dr. Alexandra Lightfoot

Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor of health behavior, is Training Grant Program Director. Lightfoot also serves as director of the community engagement, partnerships and technical assistance core at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a CDC-funded prevention research center.


Dr. Deborah Tate

Dr. Deborah Tate

Deborah Tate, PhD, professor of health behavior and nutrition, is Co-Principal Investigator and has over 20 years of re-search in behavioral weight management, particularly delivered through web and mobile platforms. She is also Director of the Communications for Health Applications and Intervention (CHAI) Core for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Nutrition’s NIH Clinical Nutrition Research Center.