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Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of interest

I am a behavioral scientist with expertise in the design and evaluation of communication strategies and policy solutions to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. My program of research includes three main areas:

  1. designing and evaluating policies to reduce tobacco use
  2. designing and evaluating policies to prevent obesity, and
  3. examining the impact of health policies on Latinx health disparities

My tobacco research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of pictorial cigarette pack warnings’ impact on behavior. In a newer line of cancer prevention research, I am leading several studies to experimentally examine the impact of obesity prevention policies such as sugar-sweetened beverage health warnings and taxes, with a focus on preventing childhood obesity among Latinx populations. These studies will take place in the UNC Convenience Store Lab, a life-sized replica of a store designed to allow researchers to evaluate the impact of cancer prevention policies and interventions on food, tobacco, and beverage purchasing behavior. My cancer prevention research has been funded by NIH and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 Delta Omega Service Award
  • 2015 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award
  • 2015 Public Policy Network Award, Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco
  • 2012 Harry A. Guess Scholarship, University of North Carolina
  • 2011 Gillings Merit Award, University of North Carolina
  • 2008 Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
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