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
Education, Training & Certifications
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1991 Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1988 M.A.