Shaila Strayhorn-Carter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor 

Shaila StrayhornDr. Shaila Strayhorn is a graduate of Spelman College, where she majored in biology and minored in public health. She then earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, MI and PhD in Social and Behavioral Science from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. Upon completing her doctoral degree, she went on to complete her postdoctoral level training at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) at Chicago, IL as a fellow for the National Institute of Health's T32 Cancer Education and Career Development Program.

She currently serves as an assistant professor teaching epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research areas include conducting mixed method studies to assess the relationship between factors of social support (i.e. types of social support and sources of social support) and the quality of life among African American cancer survivors. Her second area of research focuses on implementing physical activity social support-based programs to promote healthy lifestyle choices among African American women, who are at high risk of contracting breast cancer.