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Isaac Marcelo Lipkus

Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
DUMC 3322, School of Nursing, Durham 27710
307 Trent Dr., School of Nursing, Durham 27701-2054


Research Interests
Dr. Lipkus is interested in how: 1) dispositional (e.g., hostility) and attitudinal variables (e.g.,
belief in a world) affect coping with negative life events (e.g., cancer, conflict in interpersonal
relationships), and 2) the impact of risk perceptions (e.g., optimistic and pessimistic biases) on
modifying precautionary behaviors (e.g., early prevention and detection of cancer,etc.).

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in the School of Nursing · 2009 - Present School of Nursing
Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health · 2009 - Present Family Medicine and Community Health, Clinical Science Departments
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences · 2021 - Present Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 1995 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1991 Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1988 M.A.