Colleen McBride, PhD


Titles and Roles

Grace Crum Rollins Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Colleen McBride, PhD is the Grace Crum Rollins Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.

Dr. McBride came to Emory from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, where she served as founding chief and senior investigator of the Social and Behavioral Research Branch. 

Dr. McBride held academic positions at the University of Washington as well as Duke University Medical Center, where she served as chief of the Division of Prevention Research in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. At Duke, she was director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. She has held adjunct faculty appointments in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Dr. McBride received her PhD in Behavioral Epidemiology from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed her postdoctoral training in Health Services from the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington.


Dr. McBride's research interests center on designing and evaluating interventions to promote risk-reducing behaviors including avoidance of tobacco, healthy weight and regular physical activity. She is also considering how new knowledge in genomics might be applied to improve behavior change interventions. Her research focuses on innovative public health interventions to promote risk-reducing behaviors, specifically using genetic information to motivate healthy behaviors. Genetic information, scientists believe, eventually will allow lifestyle interventions to be personalized to make compliance with healthy behaviors easier. 


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