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Jennifer Gierisch

Jennifer Gierisch
Associate Director, CTSA Community Engagement Core
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Medicine
Associate Professor in Medicine


Work Address

DUMC 104427, Durham, NC 27710


Jennifer Gierisch, PhD, MPH is behavioral scientist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Duke University. She also is a faculty member with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Associate Director of the CTSA Community Engagement Core of the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement and Associate Director of the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center Evidence-based Synthesis Program.

Dr. Gierisch’s research focuses on three overarching areas: 1) behavioral research that provides knowledge 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 outcomes; and 3) stakeholder and community engagement in the research enterprise.

Area of expertise: Health Behavior