Selected Affiliated Faculty

Regine HaardörferRegine Haardörfer, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. She received her PhD from Georgia State University in Education Policy Studies: Research, Measurement, and Statistics. She has extensive training and experience in the analysis of social science data, including the use of multi-level modeling techniques and structural equation modeling for both cross-sectional and longitudinal applications. Dr. Haardörfer’s research interests include measurement of healthy behaviors as well as intervention studies to foster healthy behaviors. She supports the Emory Prevention Research Center in various projects including the Healthy Homes/Healthy Families study. She also is part of the Smoke Free Homes project which aims to create smoke-free homes in low-income households. In addition, she teaches a variety of statistics classes at the master’s and doctoral level ranging from introductory courses to multi-level and structural equation modeling. email:

Terry HartmanTerry Hartman, PhD, MPH, RD is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology at The Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Minnesota with a focus in nutritional epidemiology. She was selected as a Cancer Prevention Fellow by the National Cancer Institute, completed a Master’s of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of this experience, and worked for several years at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to relocating to Emory in January, 2013, she was Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Diet Assessment Center at The Pennsylvania State University.  As a nutrition epidemiologist, she has approximately 20 years of experience exploring associations between nutritional exposures and chronic disease outcomes and has designed and collaborated on multi-disciplinary trials to work toward understanding the mechanisms for these associations. Her research is focused on the role of diet and nutrition in the etiology and prevention of chronic diseases—especially cancer—and the development and application of improved dietary assessment methods in chronic disease research.

Joseph LipscombJoseph Lipscomb, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health and also Associate Director for Population Sciences at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute.  From 1999 until arriving at Emory in 2004, he was Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.  At NCI, he co-chaired the Cancer Outcomes Measurement Working Group, chaired the trans-agency Quality of Cancer Care Committee, and was NCI lead for a collaborative Federal effort to establish consensus measures of cancer care quality.  He has published widely on various topics in health economics and outcomes research, including on patient-reported outcomes assessment, quality-of-care evaluation and improvement, and the theory and practice of cost-effectiveness analysis.  Dr. Lipscomb has been principal investigator on research grants funded by the NCI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including studies to improve the effectiveness of cancer screening and treatment; to investigate the determinants of cancer care quality in the community; and to build the data infrastructure for population-based evaluations of cancer quality.  He serves on national committees to improve cancer outcomes and quality at both the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC).  From 1993-96, he was a member of the U.S. Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, whose influential recommendations continue to shape the debate about the application of cost-effectiveness analysis to health care decision making.  He received his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975.

Winifred Wilkins ThompsonWinifred Wilkins Thompson, PhD, MSW is PI of the Avon Foundation Community Education and Outreach Initiative.  She is a Research Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.  Through her research, Dr. Thompson seeks to improve health of African American women.  Her research interests include investigating the social (socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental) determinants of health in conjunction with how psychosocial and spiritual factors contribute to a woman’s health and wellness.  Areas of research interest include breast & gynecological cancers, maternal and child health, holistic health and community health development.  She is also Co-Investigator on the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute Community Engagement & Research Program.  email:

Alex Wagenaar Alex Wagenaar, PhD, MSW, is a Research Professor at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has published almost 200 scientific articles on social and behavioral epidemiology, public health policy, legal evaluations, community intervention trials, alcohol and tobacco studies, traffic safety, and injury control. In 2009 he received the Prevention Science Award and in 2016 the Nan Tobler Award, both from the Society for Prevention Research, in recognition of his work investigating and advancing the methods and outcomes of prevention research. He received his PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  email: