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Leah Ranney, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member researching tobacco control and prevention with a focus on improving population health and reducing mortality and morbidity from tobacco-related illness, including many cancers.

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Director, Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP)
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of Interest

My research in tobacco control and prevention and tobacco regulatory science addresses critical questions on how to reduce tobacco product use and effectively communicate the harms of tobacco use to improve population health and reduce mortality and morbidity from tobacco-related illness including many cancers.

As director for the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I lead a team of talented public health professionals to conduct tobacco prevention research and evaluate public health programs. Our goal is to conduct research that directly informs public health policy and practice and to provide evaluation services that help public health programs maximize their impact. Tobacco use prevention and cessation is critical and achievable through state-level programs, tobacco control policies, and tobacco product regulation. I collaborate with faculty and students across disciplines and within and outside of the University to contribute to and move the science forward in tobacco prevention research.

Awards and Honors

  • John Oliver Cook Fellowship, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, 2000
  • Jerry J. Collier Award, The Graduate School, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, 1997-1998
  • Dr. Edward Geldreich Academic Award, San Diego State University, CA, 1993
  • Full Athletic Scholarship, Gymnastics, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, 1982-1987

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