Michelle C. Kegler, DrPH, MPH



Dr. Kegler has an established track record in community based participatory research, environmental influences on health, tobacco control, evaluation, and community collaboration.

Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education
Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
Director, Emory Prevention Research Center
Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Dr. Kegler is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health. She came to Emory in 1999 and was a part of the founding leadership of the Emory Prevention Research Center, serving as Deputy Director for its first five years and as co-lead of the Research and Evaluation cores of the Center.

Dr. Kegler also serves as the Community Engagement Research Program co-lead for the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a collaboration between Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She also leads the community engagement arm of Emory's new environmental health center.


Dr. Kegler received her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Master's of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Kegler has been integrally involved in all of Emory Prevention Research Center's core research projects, conducted through community based participatory research. The Emory Prevention Research Center's research focuses on environmental influences on healthy behavior and cancer prevention. The first two studies examined home, church and work environments qualitatively and quantitatively, with respect to how they influence nutrition, physical activity and smoking behavior. The third study piloted the use of coaches in creating environmental change that supports healthy eating and physical activity in rural homes. A randomized controlled trial of this intervention was recently completed. Her tobacco control research focuses on developing, testing, and disseminating a brief intervention to promote smoke-free homes in low-income households.

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In 2016, Dr. Kegler received the Thomas Sellers Award from Emory University.

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