Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (BSHE) at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

We in BSHE have our eyes on the future and are actively positioning ourselves to be in step with exciting new directions in the social determinants of health, intervention science and health promotion.  As a new department leader, my vision is to sharpen our focus on areas of unique strengths we have as a department.

These center on our longstanding reputation in leading the field in considering multiple levels of influence on health outcomes.  We will continue to bring this social ecological imagination to an array of public health problems including sexual and reproductive health, substance use behaviors, and community health promotion.

We are also considering new directions of increasing public health significance, including mental health, aging and genomics.  If you would like to learn more about our department, please contact Ashley Mastin.

- Colleen McBride, PhD
  Grace Crum Rollins Professor and Chair

Meet Dr. Colleen McBride


Colleen McBride

Dr. Colleen 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.

McBride's 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.

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.

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