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The Biosocial Training Program produces integrative scientists who understand the complexity of factors that influence life course health and wellbeing. Our postdoctoral trainees engage in independent and supervised work in close collaboration with interdisciplinary faculty mentors, audit courses to further their professional goals, and receive training design to prepare them to work across disciplines and lead the next generation of population health researchers.

Directors and Participating Faculty

Program Directors

Robert Hummer
Robert Hummer
Amanda L. Thompson
Amanda L. Thompson

Participating Faculty

Full NameEmail AddressDepartment
Alexandra Lightfootalexandra_lightfoot@unc.eduHealth Behavior
Alice Ammermanalice_ammerman@unc.eduNutrition
Amanda Thompsonalthomps@email.unc.eduAnthropology
Audrey Pettiforapettif@email.unc.eduEpidemiology
Barbara Entwisleentwisle@unc.eduSociology
Barry Popkinpopkin@unc.eduNutrition
Carolyn Halperncarolyn_halpern@unc.eduMaternal & Child Health
Chantel Martinmartchan@email.unc.eduEpidemiology
Christy Averychristy_avery@unc.eduEpidemiology
Clare Barringtoncbarring@email.unc.eduHealth Behavior
Duncan Thomasdthomas@econ.duke.eduEconomics and Public Policy
Elizabeth Frankenbergelizf@email.unc.eduSociology
Eric Whitseleric_whitsel@med.unc.eduEpidemiology
Folami Ideraabdullahfolami@email.unc.eduGenetics; Nutrition
Guang Guoguang_guo@unc.eduSociology
James Moodyjmoody77@soc.duke.eduSociology
Joanna Maselkojmaselko@email.unc.eduEpidemiology
John Batsisjohn.batsis@unc.eduNutrition
Karen Mohlkekaren_mohlke@med.unc.eduGenetics
Kari Northkari_north@unc.eduEpidemiology
Kathleen Mullan Harriskathie_harris@unc.eduSociology
Keely Muscatellkmuscatell@unc.eduPsychology and Neuroscience
Kenneth Bollenbollen@unc.eduPsychology & Neuroscience; Sociology
Leah Frerichsleahf@email.unc.eduHealth Policy Management
Linda Adairlinda_adair@unc.eduNutrition
Michael Emchemch@unc.eduGeography
Morgan Hokemkhoke@unc.eduAnthropology
Paul Delamaterpld@email.unc.eduGeography
Penny Gordon-Larsenpglarsen@unc.eduNutrition
Rebecca Fryrfry@unc.eduEnvironmental Sciences & Engineering
Robert Hummerrhummer@email.unc.eduSociology
Sean Sylviasysylvia@email.unc.eduHealth Policy Management
Shelley Goldensgolden@email.unc.eduHealth Behavior
Shu Wen Ngshuwen@unc.eduNutrition
Stephanie EngelStephanie.Engel@unc.eduEpidemiology
Stephanie Martinslmartin@unc.eduNutrition
Taylor Hargrovethargrov@email.unc.eduSociology
Y. Claire Yangyangy@unc.eduSociology

Program Requirements

Postdoctoral scholars are expected to be in the program for 2-3 years. While there are no formal coursework requirements, postdocs are encouraged to audit courses to expand their disciplinary training.


Incoming postdoctoral scholars assemble a team of two co-mentors. At least one of the mentors must be from a discipline that is different from the pre-doctoral home department.

The team will meet regularly to review progress in meeting goals, offer recommendations about new activities and opportunities, and to provide professional guidance as the postdoctoral scholar prepares grant and job applications.

Conference Attendance

All scholars are required to submit abstracts to interdisciplinary and gap discipline national conferences As part of this requirement, Biosocial trainees attend the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences (IAPHS), a annual meeting for researchers using integrative approaches in population health.

Scholars are also required to submit an abstract and present their work at the annual UNC Symposium on Biosocial Approaches to Population Health Across the Life Course. This symposium includes oral and poster presentations, and a keynote presentation by a leading junior researcher.

CPC Seminar Attendance

Postdoctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to attend the CPC Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on a regular basis. The CPC Interdisciplinary Research Seminar highlights speakers who are conducting cutting-edge research, many of whom are leading biosocial researchers. They are also encouraged to attend the Training Program’s weekly Professionalization Seminar, which provides trainees with a context and forum to advance their understanding of the scientific challenges, ethical issues, and professional activities associated with conducting interdisciplinary biosocial research.

Training in Research Ethics and Reproducibility

In addition to completing online trainings on these topics during their initial appointment year, trainees are required to attend a minimum of four different approved sessions on research ethics and two different sessions on scientific rigor and reproducibility each appointment year.


Postdoctoral trainees must complete their PhD degree by the time their postdoctoral training begins. There are no exceptions to this rule. Scholars from any academic program are eligible to apply. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of appointment.

Stipend and Benefits

Postdoctoral scholars are supported by a T32 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). They receive a monthly stipend, travel support, insurance premiums, and office space, equipment use, and support services from CPC. Awards are made on a 12-month basis.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for a T32-funded postdoctoral position, with a preferred start date of Summer 2024. More information and application instructions are available on the UNC Careers website here. Please note that this application also requires you to submit supplementary documents here.


Please email with any questions about the Biosocial Training Program.