Our Team

Leadership

Noel T. Brewer, PhD is Professor of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public. He studies how people make risky health decisions. His current work focuses on increasing HPV vaccination, communicating the harms of smoking, and encouraging appropriate use of screening. 

Melissa B. Gilkey, PhD is Assistant Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. With research interests in adolescent health, cancer prevention, and health services research, Dr. Gilkey studies interpersonal and organizational approaches to improving the delivery of HPV vaccine.

Research contributors

William Calo, PhD is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Calo’s work focuses on cancer prevention and control, dissemination and implementation research, and health disparities.

Megan E. Hall, MPH is a research associate at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of multiple HPV vaccination-related research studies as part of a broader program to increase HPV vaccination among adolescents.

Jennifer Heisler-MacKinnon, MPH is a project manager at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with a focus on health communications and cancer prevention and control.

Christine Lathren, MD, MSPH is a physician and project manager at the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is interested in preventive medicine and improving the quality of clinical care by involving health professionals in educational research activities.

Jennifer Leeman, DrPH is Associate Professor of Nursing at the UNC School of Nursing. Her work focuses on disseminating evidence-based interventions and supporting their implementation in a range of practice settings.

Teri L. Malo, PhD is a postdoctoral research associate at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her focus is on improving health communication in cancer prevention and control, particularly related to cervical cancer.

Practice contributors

The HPV IQ materials and methods were tested in the field with the invaluable help of four different state health departments.  These practice teams used the HPV IQ tools in primary care practices.  They made sure that the tools were practical, useful, and easy to navigate.  They also provided critical feedback to the research team so that the materials and information on this website could be fine-tuned to meet your needs.

Advisory board

We also received ongoing input and support from our Advisory Board.

Our funders

We would like to give special thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for funding this website and the Assessment and Feedback Tools research.

Thanks also to the Public Health System and Services Research Center at the University of Kentucky for supporting our research and this website and to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for providing an unrestricted educational grant to fund the Communication Training Tools research.

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the following individuals for their support in developing and testing our tools.

Jennifer Moss, Amy Rusch, Waru Gichane, Kathryn Peebles, Michael Bowling, and Parth Shah.

Disclosures

Dr. Noel Brewer has received grants from and/or served on paid advisory boards for Pfizer, Merck, GSK, FDA, CDC, and NIH.  All other developers have no conflicts to disclose.