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Dr. Jerod Stapleton is an Associate Professor of Health, Behavior & Society and serves as the co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Markey Cancer Center at UK Healthcare. Dr. Stapleton was recently announced as Interim Department Chair of the Health, Behavior & Society department.

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 70 peer-reviewed articles in high impact medical, psychology, and public health journals.

Dr. Stapleton is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of skin cancer and melanoma prevention with a focus on reducing the use of cancer-causing indoor tanning beds. 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.


  • PhD, Biobehavioral Health
    • The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Psychology
    • East Tennessee State University

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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