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Shellie Ellis, MA, and Shelley Golden, PhD, of the Gillings School of Global Public Health are the 2013 recipients of the Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences.

Ellis is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Management expecting to defend in October. Her dissertation, “Declining Overuse of Hormone Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer: Predictors of Reimbursement Responsiveness and Emerging Patterns of Care”, examines the effect of reimbursement policies on the use of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for men with localized prostate cancer. In particular, she is focusing on physician reimbursement cuts for ADT that were introduced by the Medicare Modernization Act and how these cuts may have changed patterns of prostate cancer care.


Shellie Ellis, MA
Shellie Ellis

She recently received a 2013 Impact Award from UNC’s Graduate Education Advancement Board, an award that recognizes graduate students whose research has a special impact on the citizens of North Carolina. She also received a Merit Award from the Graduate School and has been a predoctoral fellow in the UNC Cancer Care Quality Training Program.

Golden, PhD in Public Policy, defended her dissertation “Employment Fluctuations and Tobacco: How Changing Employment Conditions Impact Smoking Behavior and Cigarette Tax Policy” in April. The dissertation examines how tobacco product tax rates have changed over several decades, what economic, demographic and political factors led to changes in the tax rates, and how those factors affected employment and smoking.


Shelley Golden, PhD
Shelley Golden

She has received numerous awards, including a prestigious five-year Royster Fellowship awarded by the University, a Teaching Innovation Award from the School of Public Health, and the 2012 Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award awarded by the journal Health Education and Behavior.

The award honors Marci Kramish Campbell, PhD, a national leader in cancer prevention and control, disparities and survivorship research who was a faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill and a program leader at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was an exceptional mentor who died much too soon from colon cancer in December, 2011.

The award is funded by donations from Dr. Campbell’s family, friends and colleagues. The goal is to endow this award to create a permanent legacy in Dr. Campbell’s honor. Contributions may be made payable to UNC Lineberger and mailed to Campus Box #7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295.

Date: July 17, 2013