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Michelle  Kegler


Faculty, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

I have over 30 years of experience in community-engaged chronic disease prevention and I direct the Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC) which focuses on primary and secondary prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases, with an emphasis on tobacco control and healthy eating in rural communities. We also have evaluation contracts for community-driven health equity initiatives and are active in dissemination and implementation research.  My team has developed and tested two interventions, one addressing weight gain prevention and the second focused on smoke-free homes.  We are currently testing adapted version of both of these intervention for varied populations and community contexts. I'm committed to engaging with the public health practice community and using participatory approaches. 

Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health ,

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518 Clifton Road NE Rm 530

Phone: (404) 712-9957

Fax: (404) 727-1369



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Areas of Interest

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Community Based Research
  • Evaluation
  • Health Promotion
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Smoking Prevention/Cessation


  • DrPH 1995, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • M.P.H. 1985, University of Michigan
  • B.A. 1983, University of Minnesota


  • , , Community coalitions for smoke-free environments in Armenia and Georgia: A mixed methods analysis of coalition formation, implementation and perceived effectiveness., PLOS One, 18, e0289149.
  • , , Evaluation design for The Two Georgias Initiative: Assessing progress toward health equity in the rural south, Health Education & Behavior, 50, 268-280
  • , , Barriers to creating healthier home food environments: Process evaluation results from two home food environment intervention studies , Family & Community Health, ,
  • , , A qualitative study about creating smoke-free home rules in American Indian and Alaska Native households., Journal of Community Health, 44 , 684-643
  • , , Steps toward scalability: Illustrations from a smoke-free homes program., Health Education & Behavior, 46, 773-781
  • , , Study design and use of inquiry frameworks in qualitative research published in Health Education & Health Behavior., Health Education & Behavior, 46, 24-31
  • , , Impact of improving home environments on energy intake and physical activity: A randomized controlled trial., American Journal of Public Health, 106, 143-52