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Colleen  McBride


Faculty, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Jointly Appointed, Global Health

Dr. McBride is a professor of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences, and served as the department chair 2014-2021.  She 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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1518 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-8226


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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Genetics
  • Global Health
  • Health Communication
  • Health Promotion
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Smoking Prevention/Cessation


  • PhD Behavioral Epidemiology 1990, University of Minnesota
  • MA Sociology 1982, University of Arizona
  • BA Sociology 1980, University of Wisconsin

Affiliations & Activities

BRIDGES – Academic Leadership for Women, University of North Carolina, 1996
Executives in the Health Professions, Duke University, 2001
Harvard Business School Negotiation Workshop, 2008

Society for Behavioral Medicine Newsletter, Founding Editor, 1993-1996
Associate Editor Health Psychology, 2002
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Editorial Board, 2002 - present
Associate Editor, Public Health Genomics 2011- present


  • , , Health psychology and translational genomic research: bringing innovation to cancer-related behavioral interventions., American Psychologist, in press, ,
  • , , Use of footwear and foot condition among rural Ethiopian children., Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, in press, ,
  • , , A qualitative study exploring barriers related to use of footwear in rural highland Ethiopia: Implications for neglected tropical disease control., PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7(4),
  • , , Cracking the nut of health behavior change: Can genomics improve behavioral adherence?, American Journal of Public Health, 102(3), 401-5
  • , , Future health applications of genomics: priorities for communication, behavioral and social sciences research., Am. J of Preventive Medicine, 38(5), 556-565
  • , , The behavioral response to personalized genetic information: Will genetic risk profiles motivate individuals and families to choose more healthful behaviors? , Annual Review of Public Health, 31, 89-103
  • , , Characteristics of users of online personalized genomic risk assessments: Implications for physician- patient interactions. , Genetics in Medicine, 11(8), 582-587
  • , , Immersive Virtual Environment Technology: A Promising Tool for Future Social and Behavioral Genomics Research and Practice Health Communication., Health Communication, 24(8), 677-682
  • , , Putting science over supposition in the arena of personalized genomics., Nature Genetics, 40(8), 939-942
  • , , Understanding health behavior change among couples: An interdependence and communal coping approach., Social Science & Medicine, 62(6), 1369-80
  • , , Reduction of Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors for Colon Cancer: Results from Project Prevent. , Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 14, 1453-1459
  • , , A tailored self-help intervention to promote condom use in young women: Results from a randomized trial. , AIDS, 17, 1-10
  • , , Understanding the potential of teachable moments for smoking cessation. , Health Education Research , 18(2), 156-170
  • , , Incorporating feedback of genetic susceptibility into a smoking cessation intervention for African American smokers with low income. , Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention , 11, 521-28