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Jessica Cance

Core FacultyPh. D., Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina

Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education
Jessica Cance



Adolescent and young adult risk behavior etiology and prevention; how biological, psychological and social factors impact substance use, sexual risk taking and aggression


Ph.D. Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, NC. Health Behavior and Health Education.
M.P.H. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.
B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. Chemistry (Biochemistry

Research interests: adolescent substance use; aggression and dating
violence; puberty; longitudinal data analysis; latent variable modeling

Courses taught:
HED 329K Child, Adolescent, and Adult Health

HED 366 Human Sexuality

HED 395 Planning Public Health Programs


WGS 335 • Human Sexuality

46045 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEL 602A

Analysis of the physiological, psychological, and social factors in human sexuality.

Representative Publications and Presentations


Hendrick, C.E., Cohen, A.K., Deardorff, J., & Cance, J.D. (in press). Early pubertal development and educational attainment among U.S. women. Journal of School Health. 

Cance, J. D., Talley, A. E., & Fromme, K. (on-line first). The longitudinal effect of a comprehensive indoor smoking ban on cigarette smoking and alcohol use across emerging adulthood. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntv050

Cance, J. D., Ennett, S. T., Morgan-Lopez, A., Foshee, V. A., & Talley, A. E. (2013). Perceived pubertal timing and recent substance use: A longitudinal perspective. Addiction, 108, 1845-1854. DOI: 10.1111/add.12214


Cance, J.D. (2015). Where's the party? An observational study of tailgating at a large university campus. A paper presented to the 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition. 

Cance, J.D. (2015). Understanding the role and impact of pubertal timing in adolescence: Considerations for Prevention Science. A symposium organized for the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

Cance, J.D., & Hendrick, C.E. (2015). Understanding the pubertal experiences of Mexican American adolescent girls. A paper presented to the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. 

Cance, J.D., Talley, A.E., & Fromme, K. (2014). Differential predictors of the quantity and frequency of alcohol and tobacco use throughout emerging adulthood. A poster presented to the 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence.  

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