Denise Dickinson is a public health researcher with expertise in studies of risk behaviors among children and adolescents. She has developed data collection protocols and instruments and managed large teams of data collectors for multiple longitudinal studies. She is also experienced in qualitative data collection methods, such as semi-structured interviews and focus groups. She has also designed interventions and developed intervention materials and curricula using an experimental learning approach.
Currently, Ms. Dickinson is working on projects that involve preventing adolescent pregnancy, increasing physical activity among schoolchildren, and increasing Medicaid enrollment among eligible children. Before joining RTI in 2007, she managed large, multi-year research projects on children’s health at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Clients have included the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state agencies.
Ms. Dickinson speaks Spanish fluently and holds a certificate in Latin American Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. She also teaches at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health on an adjunct basis.