Jennifer M. Gierisch, PhD

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Medicine
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail DUMC 104427, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-5519
Email address

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 with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT)  where she serves as the leader of the Stakeholder Engagement Core and Director of the VA OAA Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Gierisch also is the Co-Director of the Evidence Synthesis Program (VA ESP) 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 - Chapel Hill, 2008
  • M.P.H., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2000


Straits-Troster, Kristy, Shawn Acheson, Jean Beckham, Patrick Calhoun, Jennifer M. Gierisch, and Kim Hamlett-Berry. “TOBACCO USE AND CESSATION AMONG RETURNING COMBAT VETERANS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine 39 (April 1, 2010): 158–158.


Gierisch, Jennifer M., Jo Anne Earp, Noel T. Brewer, and Barbara K. Rimer. “Longitudinal predictors of nonadherence to maintenance of mammography.” Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 19, no. 4 (April 2010): 1103–11.

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Gierisch, Jennifer M., Suzanne C. O’Neill, Barbara K. Rimer, Jessica T. DeFrank, J Michael Bowling, and Celette Sugg Skinner. “Factors associated with annual-interval mammography for women in their 40s.” Cancer Epidemiol 33, no. 1 (July 2009): 72–78.

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DeFrank, Jessica T., Barbara K. Rimer, Jennifer M. Gierisch, J Michael Bowling, David Farrell, and Celette S. Skinner. “Impact of mailed and automated telephone reminders on receipt of repeat mammograms: a randomized controlled trial.” Am J Prev Med 36, no. 6 (June 2009): 459–67.

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Lipkus, Isaac M., Michael J. Bollen, Jennifer M. Gierisch, Suzanne C. O’Neill, and Barbara K. Rimer. “When ambivalence predicts repeat mammography screening: It's the amount of thought that counts.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine 35 (March 1, 2008): S162–S162.


DeFrank, Jessica T., J Michael Bowling, Barbara K. Rimer, Jennifer M. Gierisch, and Celette Sugg Skinner. “Triangulating differential nonresponse by race in a telephone survey.” Prev Chronic Dis 4, no. 3 (July 2007): A60.


Randall-David, B., N. Stark, J. Gierisch, and F. Torti. “'What do they know about it?' How the North Carolina public views cancer clinical trials: implications for primary care doctors.” N C Med J 62, no. 5 (September 2001): 281–85.