Doctoral Program Director and Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research interests & goals:
Susan Ennett is Professor and Doctoral Program Director in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ennett’s research focuses on the etiology and prevention of health risk behaviors among adolescents in both the general population and high-risk subgroups. Her primary behavioral focus is youth tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; she also researches youth violence and dating violence and risky sexual behavior. She focuses on how social contexts, including family, peers, schools, and neighborhoods, interrelate in promoting and constraining health risk behaviors over the course of adolescence. She is particularly interested in application of social network methods to study the peer context, including use of network methods to measure peer relationships and to facilitate investigation of how peer processes contribute to homogeneity of adolescent behavior. An additional area of her research concerns evaluation of youth substance use prevention programs, including family and school programs.