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., Fisher, E., & Hill, J. (2015). Identifying those whom health promotion hardly reaches: a systematic review. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 38(4), 518–537.
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. (2016). Peer support for the hardly reached: a systematic review. American Journal of Public Health, 106(7), e1–e8.
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. 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.
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., 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gottfredson, N. C., & Sokol, R. L. (2019). Explaining Excessive Weight Gain during Early Recovery from Addiction. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(5), 769–778.
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.
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).
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
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. 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., 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