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Kurt Ribisl

Kurt Ribisl

  • Ph.D.
  • Cancer Prevention and Control

  • Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program; Co-Director, Cancer Control Education Program; Professor, Health Behavior
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • (919) 843-8042
  • 316 Rosenau Hall
  • Link to CV or NIH biosketch

Area of Interest

Dr. Ribisl’s primary research interest is evaluating and improving the reach of population-level efforts to reduce tobacco use, with a particular emphasis on policy and information technology. He specializes in tobacco control policy issues related to the sales and marketing of tobacco products at the point-of-sale and on the Internet. He has researched tobacco product marketing, promotions, and pricing, and youth access, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) in tobacco control. He has evaluated the impact of local, state, federal (Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act), and global policies related to the sales and marketing of tobacco products.   He is the Principal Investigator of the Coordinating Center for the CDC- and NCI-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network ( The CPCRN is a research consortium that includes 10 leading universities dedicated to accelerating the adoption of evidence-based cancer prevention and control in communities.

Awards and Honors

Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control, UNC Lineberger

Member, Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, Center for Tobacco Products, US Food and Drug Administration.

Member, (2003 to present) Delta Omega, Honorary Society in Public Health (theta chapter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).