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Focus Carolina: Marisa Marraccini

Marisa Marraccini is an assistant professor of school psychology in the School of Education. Her research focuses on how school environments may influence adolescents recovering from suicidal thoughts and behaviors. She is developing best practice recommendations for how to facilitate a student’s re-entry to school after discharge from psychiatric hospital.   ... Read More

Focus on Cheryl Giscombé

Cheryl Giscombé, the Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness in Carolina’s School of Nursing, leads initiatives that help nurses help themselves and take steps to reduce stress in their lives. She also studies the impact of stress, especially in African American women. Giscombé is interested in health […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Erika Wilson

Erika K. Wilson is a professor of law at the UNC School of Law.  Her research interests focus on issues related to education law and policy, specifically obtaining educational equality for disadvantaged students, and the intersection between race and the law.     ... Read More

Focus Carolina returns for second season

As Focus Carolina kicks off a new season this semester on WCHL, this exclusive program will highlight the stories of more University faculty and what ignites their passion for their work. These are the first three featured faculty: Sreedhari Desai is an associate professor of organizational behavior and Crist W. Blackwell Scholar at Kenan-Flagler Business […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Sreedhari Desai

Sreedhari Desai researches how individuals behave in organizations, with a focus on ethical decision-making, fairness and gender diversity. Her work focuses on how subtle nudges can affect ethical behavior. And she studies how cultural differences impact the ways men and women interact in the workplace. Across all these projects Dr. Desai relies on carefully designed […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Peg Carlson

Peg Carlson is director of the School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership and Governance, an initiative designed to integrate, coordinate and expand the School’s leadership, governance, and management programs and scholarship. ... Read More

Focus on: Bo Li

In Carolina’s chemistry department, Assistant Professor Bo Li studies the chemistry and biology of natural products to address major challenges in infectious disease and discover new antibiotics. Her lab’s novel approaches find ways to develop natural products that combat antibiotic resistance. Li explains that antibiotic overuse has mostly caused the worldwide problem of bacterial antibiotic resistance. […] ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Deen Freelon

Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism. He researches how digital media influences political opinions and how those opinions are expressed online. He also creates tools for computational analysis, a new area in communication and journalism research.   ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Kurt Ribisl

Kurt M. Ribisl is a professor and chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ribisl’s primary research interest is reducing tobacco use by youth and adults with a particular focus on regulating the sales and marketing of tobacco products at the point of sale and on the internet. ... Read More

Focus Carolina: Linda Beeber

Dr. Linda Beeber is a professor and assistant dean in Carolina’s School of Nursing, where she leads the Ph.D. program and division. She has spent much of her career studying factors that contribute to depression for vulnerable new mothers and developing interventions to improve mental health and interactions between mother and child. ... Read More