Carmina G. Valle

Carmina G. Valle, PhD, MPH, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Assistant Professor in Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of interest

Dr. Valle is a behavioral scientist with 14 years of experience in the field of cancer control and training in public health, nutrition, and health communication. Dr. Valle’s research focuses on three main areas: (1) identifying novel strategies to promote physical activity and weight control in cancer survivors, with a particular emphasis on young adults and minority populations; (2) implementing behavioral interventions with potential for scalability and dissemination through the use of technology; (3) optimizing tailored health communications to improve cancer prevention behaviors. She has conducted physical activity and weight control interventions for cancer survivors using Facebook and digital smart scales. Valle spent five years at the National Cancer Institute as a presidential management fellow and program analyst with the Office of Cancer Survivorship. Her current projects include evaluating the effects of theory-guided tailored health messages on intentions to engage in cancer prevention behaviors and culturally adapting a tailored health assessment tool for Latino cancer survivors. She is currently a Co-PI on a UNC Gillings Innovation Laboratory to explore just-in-time adaptive interventions that take tailoring to a new level—varying the timing, dose, and content of health messages to meet the unique needs, dynamic behaviors, and environmental contexts of the individual.

Awards and Honors

2007 Royster Five-Year Fellowship (Highest Merit Scholarship), UNC Graduate School
2008 Nutrition Training Grant Traineeship, UNC Department of Nutrition
2009 Cancer Control Education Program Traineeship, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
2011 Distinguished Student Award for Excellence in Research, Society of Behavioral Medicine
2012 A. Hughes Bryan Outstanding Doctoral Award, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2012 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award Supporting Research Excellence in Cancer and the Population Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine
2014 New Investigators Workshop, American Society of Preventive Oncology

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