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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

 

Post-docs

Justin Byron, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

William Calo, PhD
Department of Health Policy

 

Jessica DeFrank, PhD
Department of Health Behavior

 

Jessica Pepper, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

 

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

 

Students

Sabeeh Baig, MPH
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Marissa Hall, MSPH
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

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Jessica DeFrank (center) receives her doctoral

hood from Noel Brewer (right).

 

Jennifer Morgan, MPH
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Jennifer Moss, MSPH
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Kathryn Peebles
MPH student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Parth Shah, PharmD
Doctoral student

Department of Health Behavior

 

Project Directors

Laura Bach, MPH

 

Megan Hall, MPH

 

Jennifer Mendel, MPH

 

 

 

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

Kayoll Galbraith, MPH ‘14

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

Melissa Mayer, MPH ‘13

Cicely Mitchell, ‘07

Alicia Mingo, MD, MPH ‘11

 

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Playing Cranium at the semi-annual Lab party

 

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

Rachel Zucker, MPH ‘13

 

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

 

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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. 

 

Publications by trainees

Trainees published 13 papers in 2013, 9 of them first-authored.  Find them under Articles and HPV.

 

First jobs

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

 

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

 

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Lab members at our end of semester gathering.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Recent awards

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

 

Jennifer Moss – NRSA fellowship, National Cancer Institute, 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

 

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

 

Marissa Hall – Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society for Behavior Medicine, 2013

 

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

 

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

 

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Jennifer Moss analyzing data in the lab. 

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

 

Jennifer Moss – Meritorious Student Abstract Award, Society for Behavior 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 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

 

 

  Last updated August 6, 2014