Jennifer Gierisch, PhD, is behavioral scientist and health services researcher. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Heath Sciences and the Department of Medicine at Duke University. She is a core investigator and postdoctoral fellowship director with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) and Co-Director of the Evidence Synthesis-based Program at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. She is the Co-Director of the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute's Community Engaged Research Initiative (CeRi).
Dr. Gierisch’s research focuses on three overarching areas: 1) behavioral research on the psychosocial factors that influence appropriate uptake and maintenance of complex health behaviors (eg., weight management, smoking cessation, cancer screening); 2) evidence synthesis on key health and healthcare topics to enhance uptake of evidence-based interventions to improve patient and health system outcomes; and 3) stakeholder and community engagement in the research enterprise.
Area of expertise: Health Behavior, Community-engaged Research, Evidence Synthesis
Education and Training
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
- M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
- Changes in Weight and Physical Function for Older African American Women in National, Peer-Led, Community-Based Weight Loss Program
- Dissemination and Implementation Science in Cardiovascular Outcomes (DISCO)
- Comparison of Operative to Medical Endocrine Therapy (COMET) for Low Risk DCIS
- IPA--Shelby Reed
- Duke Cancer Institute Application for Administrative Supplement for the P30 Cancer Center Support Grant to Develop Tobacco Cessation Treatment Capacity and Infrastructure for Cancer Patients
- Incentivizing behavior change skills to promote weight loss