Denise Ballard, MEd

Titles and Roles

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Program Director, Community Outreach and Engagement
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University


Denise Ballard, MEd, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. Ms. Ballard serves as program director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She facilitates academic-community research partnerships, oversees dissemination of evidence-based interventions, provides staff support to the community advisory board, and supervises other Community Outreach and Engagement program staff. 

Ms. Ballard brings to her position decades of community-engaged research and outreach activities. Prior to joining Emory, she spent fourteen years at Horizons Community Solutions (formerly Cancer Coalition of South Georgia) in Albany, Georgia. While there, she served as Chief Mission Officer collaborating with community and research partners to reduce health disparities across a 32-county region. Before that, she spent eight years as regional Partnership Program Manager of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service-Midwest Region at Wayne State University, in cooperation with the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Ms. Ballard is a member of Georgia Cancer Control Consortium Steering Committee. She previously served on the Community Advisory Board of Emory Prevention Research Center and Georgia Cancer Control Consortium's Prevention Workgroup.


Ms. Ballard received her Master of Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.


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