Melinda Forthofer, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator, Prevention Research Center
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Epidemiology Division Head
(803) 777-1527

Research Interests:
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Social Networks
  • Community-based prevention research
  • Diffusion of innovation/translational science

Andrew T. Kaczynski, Ph.D.

Faculty Affiliate, Prevention Research Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
(803) 777-7063

Research Interests:
  • Built environment and physical activity
  • Parks and recreation management and community health
  • Environmental and policy approaches to active transportation
  • Social marketing
  • Research methods, program planning and evaluation in public health

Patricia A. Sharpe, Ph.D., MPH

Co-Investigator, Prevention Research Center
Professor, College of Social Work
(803) 777-4791

Research Interests:
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Physical activity and nutrition interventions
  • Women's health
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

Sara Wilcox, Ph.D.

Director, Prevention Research Center
Professor, Department of Exercise Science
Director, Behavioral Science Laboratory
(803) 777-8141

Research Interests:
  • Factors associated with physical activity in women, older adults,
    and African Americans
  • Interventions to increase physical activity and healthy eating in
    women, older adults, and African Americans
  • Women's health, particularly coronary heart disease