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Health Cognition & Behavior Lab    

 

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The Lab is a multidisciplinary setting dedicated to studying medical decision making.  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

 

Post-docs

Jessica DeFrank, PhD
Department of Health Behavior

 

Melissa Gilkey, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Health Behavior

 

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Jessica Hughes (right) presenting a poster at the American Public Health Assn. convention in San Diego.

 

Students

Emily Elstad, MPH
Doctoral student, Department of Health Behavior

 

Kayoll Galbraith, RN
Doctoral student, School of Nursing

 

Marissa Hall
MPH student, Department of Health Behavior

 

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

 

Jessica Pepper, MPH
Doctoral student, Department of Health Behavior

 

Melissa Mayer
MPH student, Department of Health Behavior

 

Jennifer Moss, MSPH
Doctoral student, Department of Health Behavior

 

Parth Shah, PharmD
Doctoral student, Department of Health Behavior

 

Rachel Zucker
MPH student, Department of Health Behavior

 

First Jobs

These are some fun jobs that Lab members had as their next step after leaving the Lab. 

 

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. 

 

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

 

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Playing Cranium at the semi-annual Lab party

 

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.

 

Alumni

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

Yuli Chang, MPH ‘08

Alrick Edwards, MPH ‘09

Karah I. Fazekas, MPH ’07

Paul Gilbert, MPH ‘10

Kim Hayes, MPH ‘10

Jessica Hughes, MPH, ‘08

Katie Keating, MPH ‘08

Sarah E. Lillie, MPH ’06

Annie-Laurie McRee, PhD, ‘11             

Cicely Mitchell, ‘07

Alicia Mingo, MD, MPH, ‘11

Ed Morrill, ‘08

Terence Ng, ‘09

Brittany O’Malley, MPH, ‘11

Suzanne O’Neill, PhD (postdoc) ‘08

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

 

 

Accomplishments

Students and post-docs in the Lab publish in top journals and present at national conferences. 

 

Articles by students and post-docs (bolded)

2011

Brewer, N. T., Gottlieb, S. L., Reiter, P. L., McRee, A. L., Liddon, N., Markowitz, L., & Smith, J. S. (2011). Longitudinal Predictors of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiation Among Adolescent Girls in a High-Risk Geographic Area. Sexually Transmitted Disease, 38(3), 197-204.  Download pdf

 

Lab members at our end of semester gathering.

 

Gilbert, P., Brewer, N. T., & Reiter, P. L. (2011).  Association of HPV-related knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs with HIV status: A national study of gay men. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Diseases, 15(2), 83-88. PMID: 21169868.  Download pdf

 

Kadis, J. A., McRee, A. L., Gottlieb, S. L., Lee, M. R., Reiter, P. L., Dittus, P. J., & Brewer, N. T. (2011). Mothers’ support for voluntary provision of HPV vaccine in schools, Vaccine, 29, 2542-2547. 

Download pdf

 

McRee, A. L., Reiter, P. L., Gottlieb, S. L., & Brewer, N. T. (2011). Mother-daughter communication about HPV vaccine. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(3), 314-317.  Download pdf

 

Reiter, P. L., McRee, A. L., Gottlieb, S. L., & Brewer, N. T. (2011). Correlates of receiving recommended adolescent vaccines among adolescent females in North Carolina. Human Vaccines, 7(1), 67-73. PMID: 21263224.

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Reiter, P. L., McRee, A. L., Gottlieb, S. L., Markowitz, L. E., & Brewer, N. T. (2011). Uptake of 2009 H1N1 vaccine among adolescent females. Human Vaccines, 7(2), 191-196.  Download pdf

 

Richman, A. R., Brewer, N. T., Liebman, A., Rinas, A. C., Smith, J. S. (2011). Optimising human papillomavirus (HPV) self-testing for high risk women. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 87(2), 118-122.  Download pdf

 

Schuler, C. L., Reiter, P. L., Smith, J. S., & Brewer, N. T. (2011). HPV vaccine and behavioral disinhibition. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 87, 349-353.  Download pdf

 

2010

Brewer, N. T., Ng, T. W., McRee, A. L., Smith, J. S., & Reiter, P. L. (2010).  Men’s beliefs about HPV-related disease. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 33, 274-281.  Download pdf

 

Reiter, P. L., Pendergraft, W., & Brewer, N. T. (2010). Meta-analysis of human papillomavirus infection concordance. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 19(11), 2916-31.  Download pdf

 

McRee, A. L., Reiter, P. L., & Brewer, N. T. (2010). Vaccinating adolescent girls against human papillomavirus - who decides? [Research letter]  Preventive Medicine, 50, 213-214.  Download pdf

 

McRee, A. L., Reiter, P. L., Chantala, K., & Brewer, N. T. (2010). Does framing HPV vaccine as preventing cancer in men increase vaccine acceptability? Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 19(8), 1937-1944.  Download pdf

 

Reed, A. C., Reiter, P. L., Smith, J. S., Palefsky, J. M., & Brewer, N. T. (2010).  Gay and bisexual men’s willingness to receive anal pap testing.  American Journal of Public Health, 100, 1123-1129.  Download pdf   

 

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

 

 

Reiter, P. L., Brewer, N. T., McRee, A. L., Gilbert, P., & Smith, J. S. (2010).  Acceptability of HPV vaccine among a national sample of gay and bisexual men. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 37(3), 197-203.  Download pdf

 

Salz, T., Brewer, N. T., Smith, J. S., & Gottlieb, S. L. (2010). The association between cervical abnormalities and attitudes toward cervical health prevention, Journal of Women’s Health, 19(11), 2011-2016.  Download pdf

 

Tzeng, J. P., Mayer, D., Richman, A. R., Lipkus, I., Han, P. K. J., Reitel, V., Valle, C., Carey, L. A., & Brewer, N. T. (2010).  Women’s experiences with genomic testing for breast cancer recurrence risk. Cancer, 116(8), 1992-2000. PMID: 20213682.  Download pdf

 

2009

Chang, Y., Brewer, N. T., Rinas, A., Schmidt, K., and Smith, J. S. (2009). Evaluating the impact of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Vaccine, 27(32), 4355-4362. PMID: 19515467.  Download pdf

 

Salz, T., & Brewer, N. T. (2009).  Offering chemotherapy and hospice jointly: One solution to hospice underuse among lung cancer patients. Medical Decision Making, 29, 521-531. PMID: 19571331.  Download pdf

 

Ziarnowski, K., Brewer, N. T., & Weber, B. (2009). Present choices, future outcomes: Anticipated regret and HPV vaccination.  Preventive Medicine, 48, 411-414.  Download pdf

 

 

Brewer, N. T., Tzeng, J. P., Lillie, S. E., Edwards, A., Peppercorn, J. M., & Rimer, B. K. (2009).  Health literacy and cancer risk perception: Implications for genomic risk communication.  Medical Decision Making, 29, 157-166. PMID: 19050227.  Download pdf

 

Hughes, J., Cates, J. R., Liddon, N., Smith, J. S., Gottlieb, S. L., & Brewer, N. T. (2009).  Disparities in how parents are learning about the HPV vaccine.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 18, 363-372.  Download pdf

 

Brewer, N. T., Edwards, A., O’Neill, S. C., Tzeng, J. P., Peppercorn, J. M., and Rimer, B. K. (2009).  When genomic and standard test results diverge:  implications for breast cancer patients' preference for chemotherapy.  Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 117, 25-29.

PMID: 18785002.  Download pdf

 

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

 

Cates, J. R., Brewer, N. T., Fazekas, K. I., Mitchell, C. E., & Smith, J. S. (2009).  Racial differences in HPV knowledge, HPV vaccine acceptability, and related beliefs.  Journal of Rural Health, 25, 93-97.  Download pdf

 

2008

Keating, K., Brewer, N. T., Gottlieb, S., Liddon, N., Ludema, C., & Smith, J. S.  (2008).  Potential barriers to HPV vaccine provision among medical practices in an area with high rates of cervical cancer.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 43, S61-S67. Download pdf

 

Morrill, E.F., Brewer, N. T., O’Neill, S. C., Lillie, S. E., Dees, E. C., Carey, L. A, & Rimer, B. K.   (2008).  The interaction of posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic stress symptoms in predicting depressive symptoms and quality of life. Psycho-Oncology, 17, 947-953.  Download pdf   

 

Noel B, Alice R, Janice T, Annie-Laurie M, Paul R, and Paul G. at Pub Pub Club. 

 

Fazekas, K. I., Brewer, N. T., & Smith, J. S. (2008).  HPV vaccine acceptability in a rural, Southern area.  Journal of Women’s Health, 17, 539-548. Download pdf   

 

Sperber, N.  R., Brewer, N.T., and Smith, J. S. (2008).  Influence of parent characteristics and disease outcome framing on HPV vaccine acceptability among rural, Southern women.  Cancer Causes & Control, 19, 115-118.    Download pdf

 

2007

Brewer, N. T., Salz, T., Lillie, S. E.  (2007). The long-term effects of false-positive mammograms: A systematic review.   Annals of Internal Medicine, 146, 502-510. Download pdf

 

Brewer, N. T., Salz, T., Lillie, S. E.  (2007). The long-term effects of false-positive mammograms.  Annals of Internal Medicine, 147, 739-740. [Letter]

 

Lillie, S. E., Brewer, N. T., Rimer, B. K., O’Neill, S. C., Morrill, E. F., Dees, E. C., & Carey, L. A.. (2007).  Retention and use of breast cancer recurrence risk information from genomic tests: The role of health literacy.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 16.  Download pdf

 

Brewer, N. T., & Fazekas, K. I. (2007).  Predictors of HPV vaccine acceptability: A theory-informed systematic review.  Preventive Medicine, 45, 107-114.  Download pdf

 

O’Neill, S. C., Brewer, N. T., Rimer, B. K., Lillie, S. E., Morrill, E. F., Carey, L. A.., & Dees, E. C. (2007).  Patient interest in gene expression analysis for breast cancer recurrence risk.  Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25, 4628-4634. Download pdf

 

2006

Brewer, N. T., Lillie, S.E., & Hallman, W. K.  (2006). Why people believe they were exposed to biological or chemical warfare: Reports from Gulf War veterans.  Risk Analysis, 26, 337-345. Download pdf

 

Recent awards

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

 

Jennifer Moss – Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award, UNC, 2012 (incl $5000 cash award)

 

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

 

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Jennifer Moss analyzing data in the lab. 

 

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 Behavior 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

 

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

 

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

 

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 Behavior 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

 

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

 

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

 

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Playing bocce at the semi-annual Lab party

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Contact info

Health Cognition & Behavioral Lab

Department of Health Behavior

Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina

325B Rosenau Hall CB 7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

T: 919.843.3105

 

Director

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

F: 919.966.2921

  Last updated January 2, 2013