Melissa 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.

Melissa Gilkey

MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor
UNC- Chapel Hill
Health Behavior

UNC Department of Health Behavior
Campus Box 7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
617-991-8240


Area of interest

As a behavioral scientist, 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. She currently co-PI a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to evaluate the nationally-implemented AFIX (Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, and eXchange) model for improving HPV vaccine coverage in primary care settings. She has also received a Transition Career Development Award (K22) from the National Cancer Institute to develop a brief communication training program aimed at supporting healthcare providers in delivering effective recommendations for HPV vaccine.

Awards and Honors

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

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