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Shelley Golden, MPH, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior in the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Assistant Professor of Health Behavior
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of interest

I am a new and early stage investigator with extensive training in both public health and public policy. My research assesses the role of economic policies and conditions in determining cancer and tobacco-use behaviors and disparities at the state and local level. Areas of expertise include 1) leadership of large secondary data projects, 2) assessment of changes in tobacco use behaviors over time and in sub-populations, and 3) use of econometric techniques to evaluate policy change. In previous work, I have led initiatives to better understand cigarette taxes, tobacco minimum floor price laws, disparities in smoking behavior, and cancer-related risk factors by geography, income, race and employment. Publications that highlight my work include:

a. Golden SD, Smith MH, Feighery EC, Roeseler A, Rogers T, Ribisl KM. Beyond excise taxes: a systematic review of literature on non-tax policy approaches to raising tobacco product prices. Tob Control. 2015 Jul;25(4):377-85. PubMed PMID: 26391905. PMCID: PMC4941206.

b. Golden SD, Farrelly MC, Luke DA & Ribisl KM. Comparing projected impacts of cigarette floor price and excise tax policies on socioeconomic disparities in smoking. Tob Control. 2016 Oct;25(Suppl 1):i60-i66. PubMed PMID: 27697949. PMCID: PMC5099216

c. Golden SD, Kong AY, Lee JGL, Ribisl KM. Disparities in cigarette tax exposure by race, ethnicity, poverty and sexual orientation, 2006-2014, USA. Prev Med. 2017 Dec 28. pii: S0091-7435(17)30504-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.12.017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29289642.

Awards and Honors

1998 Lucy Morgan Award for Leadership/Outstanding Performance in Public Health Education
1999 Elected Member, Theta Chapter, Delta Omega, Nat’l Public Health Honorary Society, UNC-CH
2008-2013 Caroline H. & Thomas S. Royster Fellowship (5 year merit fellowship), UNC-CH
2012 Teaching Innovation Award, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
2013 Marci K Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

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