Jennifer M. Gierisch
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences

Jennifer Gierisch, PhD, MPH is behavioral scientist and health services researcher. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Heath Sciences and the Department of Medicine at Duke University. She also is a faculty member and postdoctoral fellowship director with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Co-Director of the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute's  Community Engagement Core and Associate Director of the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center Evidence-based Synthesis Program.

Dr. Gierisch’s research focuses on three overarching areas: 1) behavioral research on the psychosocial factors that influence appropriate uptake and maintenance of complex health behaviors (eg., weight management, smoking cessation, cancer screening); 2) evidence synthesis on key health and healthcare topics to enhance uptake of evidence-based interventions to improve patient and health system outcomes; and 3) stakeholder and community engagement in the research enterprise.

Area of expertise: Health Behavior, Community-engaged Research, Evidence Synthesis 

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