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Clare Meernik

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
215 Morris St, Suite 210, Durham, NC 27701


Clare Meernik, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Investigator at The Cooper Institute and holds an adjunct Assistant Professor appointment at Duke University School of Medicine. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Meernik completed her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, and her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She was also previously a Research Specialist with the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program at the UNC Department of Family Medicine.

Prior to joining The Cooper Institute, Dr. Meernikā€™s research focused on tobacco control, cancer epidemiology, and cancer survivorship, with a particular focus on improving quality of life after cancer. She has extensive experience in epidemiologic study design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and program evaluation.

At The Cooper Institute, she leads research related to healthy living, including investigating relationships between healthy living and the prevention of long-term adverse effects of cancer and its treatment (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline). To date, she has published more than 40 peer-reviewed studies in journals including JAMA, BMJ, Pediatrics, Human Reproduction, and Tobacco Control.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2023 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2022 Ph.D.