Rebeccah Sokol, Ph.D.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Rebeccah Sokol completed her doctorate in Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Through her graduate studies and predoctoral fellowship with the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, Dr. Sokol developed expertise in longitudinal and latent variable data analysis. She applies these techniques to her present research focus area—identifying changeable factors that can improve the health and well-being of children who have faced early adversity, specifically children involved in the child welfare system.


Sokol, R. L., Grummon, A. H., & Lytle, L. A. (2019). Sleep duration and body mass: direction of the associations from adolescence to young adulthood. International Journal of Obesity, 1–5. Download
Sokol, R. L., Gottfredson, N. C., Poti, J. M., Shanahan, M. E., Halpern, C. T., Fisher, E. B., & Ennett, S. T. (2019). Sensitive Periods for the Association Between Childhood Maltreatment and BMI. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(4), 495–502.
Sokol, R. L., Ennett, S. T., Shanahan, M. E., Gottfredson, N. C., Poti, J. M., Halpern, C. T., & Fisher, E. B. (2019). Maltreatment experience in childhood and average excess body mass from adolescence to young adulthood. Child Abuse & Neglect, 96, 104070.
Sokol, R., Austin, A., Chandler, C., Byrum, E., Bousquette, J., Lancaster, C., Doss, G., Dotson, A., Urbaeva, V., Singichetti, B., Brevard, K., Wright, S. T., Lanier, P., & Shanahan, M. (2019). Screening Children for Social Determinants of Health: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics, e20191622. Download
Jordan, D. W., Kane, M. E., Gehring, T. M., Sokol, R. L., & Alm, E. W. (2019). Exclusion of Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis) from recreational beaches using canid harassment. The Condor, 121(1).
Kowitt, S. D., Ellis, K. R., Carlisle, V., Bhushan, N. L., Black, K. Z., Brodar, K., Cranley, N. M., Davis, K. L., Eng, E., Martin, M. Y., McGuirt, J., Sokol, R. L., Tang, P. Y., Vines, A. I., Walker, J. S., & Fisher, E. B. (2019). Peer support opportunities across the cancer care continuum: a systematic scoping review of recent peer-reviewed literature. Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(1), 97–108.
Gottfredson, N. C., & Sokol, R. L. (2019). Explaining Excessive Weight Gain during Early Recovery from Addiction. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(5), 769–778.
Sokol, R. L., Ennett, S. T., Gottfredson, N. C., Shanahan, M. E., Poti, J. M., Halpern, C. T., & Fisher, E. B. (2019). Child maltreatment and body mass index over time: The roles of social support and stress responses. Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 214–220.
Sokol, R. L., Gottfredson, N. C., Poti, J. M., Halpern, C. T., Shanahan, M. E., Fisher, E. B., & Ennett, S. T. (2019). Does a parsimonious measure of complex body mass index trajectories exist? International Journal of Obesity, 43(5), 1113.
Fisher, E. B., Bhushan, N. L., Coufal, M. M., Kowitt, S. D., Parada, H., Sokol, R. L., Tang, P. Y., Urlaub, D. M., & Graham, J. T. (2018). Peer Support in Prevention, Chronic Disease Management, and Well-Being. In Principles and Concepts of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 643–677). Springer.
Grummon, A. H., Sokol, R. L., Hecht, C. A., & Patel, A. I. (2018). Assessing Beverage Intake in Children and Adolescents: State of the Science, Recommendations, and Resources for Evaluation.
Inoue, Y., Qin, B., Poti, J., Sokol, R., & Gordon-Larsen, P. (2018). Epidemiology of obesity in adults: latest trends. Current Obesity Reports, 7(4), 276–288.
Sokol, R. L., Gottfredson, N. C., Shanahan, M. E., & Halpern, C. T. (2018). Relationship between child maltreatment and adolescent body mass index trajectories. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 196–202.
Sokol, R., Ennett, S., Gottfredson, N., & Halpern, C. (2017). Variability in self-rated health trajectories from adolescence to young adulthood by demographic factors. Preventive Medicine, 105, 73–76. Download
Fuemmeler, B. F., Behrman, P., Taylor, M., Sokol, R., Rothman, E., Jacobson, L. T., Wischenka, D., & Tercyak, K. P. (2017). Child and family health in the era of prevention: new opportunities and challenges. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40(1), 159–174.
Sokol, R. L., Qin, B., & Poti, J. M. (2017). Parenting styles and body mass index: a systematic review of prospective studies among children. Obesity Reviews, 18(3), 281–292.
Sokol, R., Moracco, B., Nelson, S., Rushing, J., Singletary, T., Stanley, K., & Stein, A. (2017). How local health departments work towards health equity. Evaluation and Program Planning, 65, 117–123.
Sokol, R., & Fisher, E. (2016). Peer support for the hardly reached: a systematic review. American Journal of Public Health, 106(7), e1–e8.
Fisher, E. B., Ballesteros, J., Bhushan, N., Coufal, M. M., Kowitt, S. D., McDonough, A. M., Parada, H., Robinette, J. B., Sokol, R. L., & Tang, P. Y. (2015). Key features of peer support in chronic disease prevention and management. Health Affairs, 34(9), 1523–1530.
Sokol, R., Fisher, E., & Hill, J. (2015). Identifying those whom health promotion hardly reaches: a systematic review. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 38(4), 518–537.