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UNC Postdoctoral Fellow Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Jennifer L. Moss has been selected to receive the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM’s) Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2016.

[Photo: Dr. Jennifer Moss]

Dr. Moss is a 2015 alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s department of health behavior. Now a cancer prevention fellow with the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program, she conducts research on geographic disparities in cancer prevention behaviors.

“My dissertation examined human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination through a variety of lenses, including economics, health disparities, patient-provider interactions, health policies, and improving preventive care,” Dr. Moss explained. “What I found is that we can improve HPV vaccination (and reduce infectious disease and cancer burden), but we have to think creatively about how and when to intervene.”

“I’m very excited that the Society of Behavioral Medicine has honored my work,” she added. “I look forward to talking to many more people about the implications of my dissertation research for cancer prevention. I’m especially grateful to the members of my dissertation committee and the families who participated in the surveys I used in my studies.”

Dr. Moss’ dissertation is comprised of three manuscripts, two of which are currently under review. The third, titled “Summer Peaks in Uptake of Human Papillomavirus and Other Adolescent Vaccines in the United States,” was published online December 16, 2015, in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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