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Melissa B. Gilkey

Melissa Gilkey is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Assistant Professor of Health Behavior. Gilkey is focused on improving the delivery of cancer prevention services to adolescents.

Assistant Professor
UNC- Chapel Hill
Health Behavior

Area of interest

Melissa B. Gilkey, PhD, is an assistant professor of health behavior in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. With research interests in adolescent health, cancer prevention and health services research, Gilkey studies individual, interpersonal and organizational approaches to improving the delivery of adolescent vaccines, including human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Her work includes survey research to understand barriers to vaccination, such as provider and parental hesitancy, as well as intervention research aimed at improving vaccine delivery systems. Gilkey is co-PI of a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the AFIX (Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and eXchange) model for improving HPV vaccine coverage in primary care settings.

Awards and Honors

  • Honors, 2015- 2017
  • 2013 Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award
  • Member, Academic Pediatric Association, 2012-
  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2011-
  • Member, American Society of Preventive Oncology, 2011-
  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2009-2010
  • Member, American Public Health Association, 2009-
  • Associate Editor, Health Promotion Practice, 2008- 2014
  • Sommer Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2006-2011
  • University Merit Assistantship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2003- 2005
  • 1998 Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Member, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center

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