Kurt Ribisl

Kurt Ribisl

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina

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Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD, is chair and professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ribisl is also the program leader for Cancer Prevention and Control at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He served as a member of the congressionally-mandated Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) for the United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products from 2012 to 2016.

Professor Ribisl’s primary research interest is evaluating and improving the reach of population-level efforts to reduce tobacco use with a particular emphasis on policy and information technology. He specializes in studying policy issues related to the sales and marketing of tobacco products at the point of sale and on the Internet. He has researched tobacco product marketing, pricing, promotions and youth access as well as use of geographic information systems in tobacco control.


  • BA, Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1989
  • MA, Ecological-Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1992
  • PhD, Ecological-Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, 1997​