Carmina G. Valle, PhD, MPH is as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Weight Research Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She is a behavioral scientist with over 15 years of experience in the field of cancer prevention and control. Dr. Valle has a PhD in nutrition from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC, an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Drexel University School of Public Health, and a BS in Biology from Yale University. She completed a predoctoral fellowship with the UNC Lineberger Cancer Control Education Program under the mentorship of Dr. Marci Campbell and a postdoctoral fellowship with the UNC Cancer Health Disparities Training Program in weight research with Dr. Deborah Tate. Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Valle spent five years at the National Cancer Institute as a Presidential Management Fellow and Program Analyst within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and the Office of Cancer Survivorship.
Dr. Valle’s research focuses on developing and evaluating digital behavior change interventions to eliminate disparities in cancer. Her research addresses: (1) novel strategies to improve nutrition, physical activity, and weight management in cancer survivors, with a particular emphasis on young adults and minority populations; (2) implementing behavioral interventions related to cancer prevention and control with potential for scalability and dissemination through the use of technology; and (3) optimizing tailored health communications to improve cancer prevention behaviors. She has conducted physical activity and weight management interventions for cancer survivors using Facebook, wearable activity trackers, and digital smart scales.
Dr. Valle is Principal Investigator of an R01 grant funded through the National Cancer Institute to evaluate the efficacy of a evaluate the efficacy of a theory-based, mobile- and Facebook-delivered physical activity intervention for young adult cancer survivors. In addition, she Co-leads a Gillings Innovation Lab, focused on developing just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) around wearable and connected health devices. Other recently completed projects include a microrandomized trial to evaluate the effects of smartphone-delivered tailored messages promoting weight management behaviors and a cultural adaptation of a tailored health assessment tool for Latino cancer survivors.