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Beth Moracco, PhD, MPH

IPRC Associate Director, Associate Professor of Health Behavior

As a researcher and a public health practitioner, Dr. Moracco is skilled in intervention development and evaluation research and an expert in engaging with communities and community-based organizations. Her research focuses on the primary and secondary prevention of gender-based violence in the U.S. and global settings using qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Moracco’s has served as co-investigator on studies focused on the effectiveness of conditional cash transfers on pregnant women’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission adherence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently, she is the PI for a study funded by the National Institute of Justice evaluating “best practices” for domestic violence protective orders in NC, a study examining firearm surrender and confiscation in domestic violence protective order cases, and a pilot study examining the effectiveness of group-based peer support to decrease social isolation and increase social connectedness among newly-resettled female refugees from the DRC. She is also a co-PI for a CDC-funded study evaluating an ongoing Rape Prevention Education-funded program, Wise Guys: The Next Level, which addresses primary prevention of sexual perpetration by addressing known risk and protective factors. Previously she led assessments and served as co-investigator on a range of studies within North Carolina, and globally. Dr. Moracco previously led evaluations of primary prevention programs for intimate partner violence and legislation restricting access to firearms in dating violence protective order cases. She is a member of the NC Administrative Office of the Court’s Domestic Violence Committee and a research fellow at UNC-G’s Center for New North Carolinians. Dr. Moracco has served as director of the master’s program in Health Behavior since 2012. Link to Profile

Core Faculty

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Rebecca J. Macy, PhD, MSW

L. R. Preyer Distinguished Professor of Social Work

Dr. Macy is a researcher and social worker with 16 years of experience conducting community-engaged studies that focus on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. She is committed to preventing violence among vulnerable populations and has used her prior experience as a community-based social worker to inform her research in violence prevention and to improving services for survivors of violence. She has conducted investigations in various community settings in collaboration with survivors, service providers, and policymakers. Dr. Macy is experienced in leading projects and teams that have developed manuals, toolkits, and outcomes to promote community-based and survivor-centered research. Link to Profile

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Shabbar Ranapurwala, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Ranapurwala conducts advanced analytical research in injury and violence prevention. His work utilizes a diverse set of epidemiological study designs including cluster randomized trials, retrospective cohorts, case control and ecologic studies. His substantive areas of research include the prevention of opioid poisoning, violence, and occupational injury. Currently, he uses large existing claims data, electronic health records, public safety, and death records databases to examine opioid use disorders and overdose in North Carolina in the context of state and local interventions. He is a lead and a co-investigator on two opioid overdose prevention grants funded by the CDC and has completed another CDC funded opioid project. Link to Profile

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Luz McNaughton Reyes, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Health Behavior

Dr. Reyes’ research focuses on the etiology and prevention of violence, substance use and sexual risk behaviors across the life-course, with a particular focus on adolescent populations. The two focal areas of her current program of research are: (1) understanding the developmental pathways that lead to adolescent dating violence and (2) the development and evaluation of interventions to prevent health risk behaviors during the early life-course. Dr. Reyes has also worked extensively throughout the Central America region on health sector research and intervention projects related to reproductive health and rights. Link to Profile

Affiliate Faculty

J. Michael Bowling, PhD, MA

Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Behavior

Vangie Foshee, PhD, MEd

Adjunct Professor of Health Behavior

Sandra L. Martin, PhD, MSc

Professor of Maternal and Child Health