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Michelle  Kegler


Faculty, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

I have almost 30 years of experience in community-based chronic disease prevention, both as a practitioner and an academic researcher.  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, physical activity and healthy eating in rural communities. We also have evaluation contracts and are active in dissemination and implementation research.  My team completed two large intervention trials, one addressing weight gain prevention and the second focused on smoke-free homes and we recently initiated new studies for both interventions.  I'm committed to engaging with the public health practice community and using participatory approaches.  I also direct the Winship Cancer Institute’s developmental Intervention Development, Implementation and Dissemination shared resource.

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

Courses Taught

  • BSHE 721: Apply Theory PubH Rsrch&Pract.


  • , , 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
  • , , Measuring constructs of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research in the context of increasing colorectal cancer screening in federally qualified health centers., Health Services Research, 53, 4178-203
  • , , Impact of improving home environments on energy intake and physical activity: A randomized controlled trial., American Journal of Public Health, 106, 143-52
  • , , Advancing coalition theory: the effect of coalition factors on community capacity mediated by member engagement., Health Education Research, 27, 572-84
  • , , How does community context influence coalitions in the formation stages? A multiple case study based on the Community Coalition Action Theory, BMC Public Health, 10, 90