Jerod L. Stapleton, PhD
Associate Professor
760 Press Avenue
373 Healthy Kentucky Research Building
Lexington, KY 40536
Contact: | 859.562.2802



PhD, Biobehavioral Health

The Pennsylvania State University


BS, Psychology

East Tennessee State University


Dr. Jerod Stapleton is an Associate Professor of Health, Behavior & Society. He also serves as the co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Markey Cancer Center and is affiliated with the Center for Health Equity Transformation. Dr. Stapleton is  a prevention scientist with expertise and research interests that include: (1) conducting qualitative and quantitative etiological studies to better understand health behavior through the lens of a variety of behavioral and decision-making theories; (2) applying etiological insights and prevention science principles to the design and evaluation of behavioral interventions; and (3) utilizing digital platforms for delivering behavioral interventions. He has a sustained history of NIH research funding and has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles in high impact medical, psychology, and public health journals. His funded research focuses on explicating the impact of social and cultural factors on cancer risk behaviors, specifically the use of indoor tanning beds by adolescents and young adults, as well as the development and evaluation of theory-driven behavioral interventions to reduce tanning with an emphasis on delivery via social media and other digital platforms. His skin cancer prevention research has been cited by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Research Interests:
  • Melanoma prevention
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • eHealth and mHealth
  • Evaluation
  • Adolescents and young adult risk behavior
  • Advanced statistical and methodological approaches to prevention
  • Cancer screening
  • Policy and regulation


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