Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: unc_gillings_white_transp_bg.pngHealth Cognition & Behavior Lab    

 

Noel Brewer                  Lab                  HPV                  Tobacco                  Other research                  Media

 

The Lab is home to a multidisciplinary team that studies risky health decisions.  We pursue theoretical questions that have real world implications for the public’s health.

 

Lab Members

Director

Noel Brewer, PhD
Department of Health Behavior and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

Project Managers

Jennifer Heisler-MacKinnon, MPH

Jennifer Mendel, MPH

 

Research Scientist

Justin Byron, PhD

Post-docs

Left to right: Marissa Hall, Jennifer Morgan, Jennifer Mendel, and Quirina Merced Vallejos review cigarette package warnings before launching a survey.  

 

 

Marissa Hall, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

Michelle Jeong, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

Students

Jennifer Morgan (left) and Marissa Hall discussing data analysis plan in the lab.

 

Sabeeh Baig, MS
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Jennifer Morgan, MPH
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Parth Shah, PharmD
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Dongyu Zhang, ScM, MD

Doctoral student

Department of Epidemiology

 

Collaborators

Kaitlyn Brodar

Ebonee Butler

May Chen

Jenny Spencer

 

Alumni

Alumni who published papers in the Lab and their last year with us:

Laura Bach, MPH ‘15

William Calo, ‘17

Yuli Chang, MPH ‘08

Jessica DeFrank, PhD ‘14

Alrick Edwards, MPH ‘09

Karah I. Fazekas, MPH ‘07

Kayoll Galbraith, MPH ‘14

Waru Gichane, PhD ‘16

Paul Gilbert, MPH ‘10

Melissa Gilkey, PhD ‘14

Kim Hayes, MPH ‘10

Jessica Hughes, MPH, ‘08

Katie Keating, MPH ‘08

Sarah E. Lillie, MPH ’06

Annie-Laurie McRee, PhD, ‘11

Teri Malo, ‘17

Melissa Mayer, MPH ‘13

Cicely Mitchell, ‘07

Alicia Mingo, MD, MPH ‘11

Ed Morrill, ‘08

Jennifer Moss, PhD ‘15

Terence Ng, ‘09

Brittany O’Malley, MPH, ‘11

Suzanne O’Neill, PhD (postdoc) ‘08

Humberto Parada, ‘17

Jessica Pepper, PhD (postdoc) ‘16
Alison Reed, MPH ‘09

Paul Reiter, PhD (postdoc) ‘11

Alice Richman, PhD (postdoc) ‘10
Talya Salz, PhD ’08 

Chrisine Schuler, MD, MPH, ‘10

Nina Sperber, MPH, ‘07

Janice Tzeng, MPH ‘09
Karen Ziarnowski, MPH ‘08

Rachel Zucker, MPH ‘13

 

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Left to right: Melissa G., Annie-Laurie M., Paul R., Abby R., and Jessica P. in New Orleans.

 

Contact info

Health Cognition & Behavior Lab

Department of Health Behavior

Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina

325B Rosenau Hall, CB7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

T: 919.843.3105

 

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Alison Reed (right) and Paul Reiter collecting data at a gay pride festival in Durham, NC.

 

Director

Noel Brewer
ntbxunc.edu (change x to @)
T: 919.966.3282

F: 919.966.2921

 

Accomplishments

Students and post-docs in the Lab publish in top journals, present at national conferences and go on to careers as research scientists. 

 

Sabeeh Baig presents his poster at a conference.

 

Publications by trainees

Trainees published 24 papers in 2014, 19 of them first-authored.  Find them under HPV, Tobacco, and Other research.

 

First jobs

Trainees have had some fun jobs as their next step after the Lab.

 

2017 – William Calo became an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University.  

 

2017 – Teri Malo became a research scientist at University of North Carolina.  

 

2016 – Jessica Pepper became a research scientist at RTI studying health behavior.  

 

2015 – Jennifer Moss became a post-doc at the National Cancer Institute conducting research on HPV vaccination.  

 

2015 – Jessica DeFrank became a research scientist at RTI studying health behavior.  

 

2014 – Melissa Gilkey became an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School conducting research on adolescent health. 

 

2014 – Emily Elstad became a research scientist at American Institutes for Research conducting research on screening and prevention. 

 

2011 – Paul Reiter became an assistant professor at The Ohio State University conducting research on cancer prevention and control. 

 

2011 – Annie-Laurie McRee became a post doc at the University of Minnesota conducting research on adolescent health behaviors.

 

2010 – Alice Richman became an assistant professor at East Carolina University conducting research on the prevention of HPV-related cancer.

 

2009 – Janice Tzeng worked on community health and evaluation projects at RTI International. 

Lab meeting photo

Health Cognition Behavior Lab members gather for a lab meeting at Grey Squirrel Coffee Company.

 

2008 – Talya Salz became an assistant professor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She conducts behavioral research on quality of care for cancer survivors.

 

2008 – Suzanne O’Neill became an assistant professor at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University where she conducts research on cancer screening and testing.

2007 – Karah Fazekas conducted prostate cancer prevention education sessions. She then got her “dream job” at Family Health International working on sexual health programming for adolescents in developing countries.

2006 – Sarah Lillie became a Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she worked on evaluation of breast cancer interventions and intervention dissemination theory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent awards

Recent grants, awards and honors for students and post-docs.

 

M. Justin Byron – invited speaker, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2016 ($250 cash prize)

 

Marissa Hall – first place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2016 ($250 cash prize)

 

Jennifer Morgan – UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2016-2017

 

Parth Shah – Health services fellowship, Sheps Center for Health Services, 2016-2018.

 

Jennifer Moss – Outstanding Dissertation Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2016 ($500 cash prize)

 

Sabeeh Baig – Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2016

 

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Jessica DeFrank (center) receives her doctoral hood from Noel Brewer (right).

 

Jennifer Moss – Student Presentation Award, Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association, 2015

 

Teri Malo – invited speaker, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2015 ($250 cash prize)

 

Left to right: Parth Shah, Jennifer Moss, Melissa Gilkey, William Calo, and Teri Malo at SBM 2016 in Washington D.C.

 

Humberto Parada – first place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2015 ($250 cash prize)

 

Jessica Pepper – second place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2015 ($150 cash prize)

 

Jessica Pepper – Outstanding Dissertation Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2015 ($500 cash prize)

 

Marissa Hall – Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2015

 

Jennifer Moss – Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2015

 

Jennifer Moss –Student SIG Abstract Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2015

 

Jessica Pepper – New Investigator Award for Best Abstract, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 2015

 

Jennifer Moss – NRSA doctoral fellowship, National Cancer Institute, 2014-2016

 

Jennifer Morgan – doctoral fellowship, UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Cancer Communication, 2014-2016

 

Melissa Gilkey – K22 career development award, National Institutes of Health, 2014-2017

 

Jennifer Moss – doctoral fellowship, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2014-2016

 

Marissa Hall – Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2014

 

Melissa Gilkey – first place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2013 ($250 cash prize)

 

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Playing Cranium at the semi-annual Lab party.

 

Melissa Gilkey –Young Investigator Award, Academic Pediatric Association, 2013 ($10,000 research grant)

 

Jennifer Moss – Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award, UNC, 2012 (incl $500 cash award)

 

Jennifer Moss – Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2012

 

Jessica DeFrank – second place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2012

 

Jessica Pepper – third place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2012

 

Emily Elstad – Predoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research, UNC Sheps Center, 2012-2014

 

Jessica Pepper – Society for Behavioral Medicine's Health Decision Making SIG Award, 2011

 

Jessica DeFrank – postdoctoral fellowship, UNC Cancer Care and Quality Training Program, 2010-2011; doctoral fellowship, 2009-2010

 

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Jessica Pepper and Jessica DeFrank won awards at the 2012 Lineberger Scientific Retreat.

 

Paul Reiter – UNC Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, 2010-2011

 

Jessica Pepper – UNC University Cancer Research Fund Fellowship, 2010-2011

 

Annie-Laurie McRee – Jessie Ball DuPont Fellowship in Adolescent Research, UNC Society of Fellows Program, 2010-2011

 

Ed Morrill – dissertation fellowship, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2009-2010, 2010-2011

 

Annie-Laurie McRee – honorable mention, Society for Behavioral Medicine's Award for Outstanding Trainee Abstract in Health Decision Making, 2010

 

Jessica Pepper – Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship, UNC Royster Society of Fellows, 2009-2014

 

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Lab members at our end of semester gathering.

 

Jessica DeFrank – first place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2009

 

Paul Reiter – third place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2009

 

Janice Tzeng – member, Delta Omega Society, 2009

 

Paul Gilbert – William R. Kenan Jr. Fellowship, UNC Royster Society of Fellows, 2008-2013

 

Paul Reiter – post-doctoral fellowship, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2008-2010

 

Janice Tzeng – fellowship, UNC University Cancer Research Fund, 2008-2009

 

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Playing bocce at the semi-annual Lab party

 

Alison Reed – fellowship, UNC University Cancer Research Fund, 2008-2009

 

Alrick Edwards – fellowship, UNC University Cancer Research Fund, 2008-2009

 

Janice Tzeng – fellowship, UCSF-NCI Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, 2008

 

Alrick Edwards – fellowship, UCLA-NCI Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, 2008

 

Jessica Hughes – first place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2008

 

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Sarah Lillie and Talya Salz win awards at the Society for Behavioral Medicine annual meeting in San Francisco.

 

Alrick Edwards – UNC Barnhill-Hatch award, 2007-2008

 

Talya Salz – dissertation fellowship, Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, 2007-2008

 

Sarah Lillie – meritorious student abstract award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2006

 

Talya Salz – meritorious student abstract award, Society for Behavioral Medicine, 2006

 

Sarah Lillie – second place prize, Population and Prevention Sciences poster competition, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2006 

 

Karah Fazekas – UNC Lucy Morgan fellowship, 2006

 

Talya Salz  – dissertation fellowship, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2005-2007

  Last updated May 18, 2017