Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also directs the Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance (formerly CBPR) Core at UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center.
In this capacity, she promotes the use of CBPR and provides trainings, workshops and technical assistance to investigators and community partners to strengthened partnered research approaches. She is co-investigator on multiple studies that use the CBPR approach to address health disparities and advance health equity, including research collaborations with workshop co-presenters Eng, Schaal, and Jackson.
She is passionate about youth engagement and addressing racial inequities in health and education. Her current research focuses on the adaptation of adolescent sexual health interventions for new contexts. She has extensive experience using participatory arts-based approaches, including photovoice, to engage communities and inform intervention development and implementation.