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Kathryn IIonka Pollak

Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
Box 2715, Durham, NC 27710
2424 Erwin Road Suite 602, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Pollak is a social psychologist who designs and tests behavioral interventions to promote smoking cessation, reduce health disparities, and improve clinician-patient communication. She also is one of the Multiple Principal Investigators of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative that supports multi-site palliative care trials. Finally, Dr. Pollak serves as a Communication Coach where she teaches clinicians effective communication techniques.

Area of expertise: Health Behavior

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2017 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health · 2017 - Present Family Medicine and Community Health, Clinical Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 1998 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Houston · 1996 Ph.D.