Esther Thatcher

Post-Doc Trainee

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 4110
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Esther J. Thatcher (BS University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997; BSN University of Virginia 2001; MSN University of Virginia 2008; PhD University of Virginia, 2014) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the T32 program, “Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness,” where her focus is on the social influences of food choice behaviors in populations at risk for obesity and related diseases. Her other research interests include health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases, rural community health, and uses of Geographic Information Systems to examine social determinants of health. Her dissertation is titled “Spatial and Psychosocial Influences on Food Access in Rural Appalachia”. This study was funded by an F31 NRSA predoctoral training grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, Appalachian Prosperity Project, and Health Appalachia Institute. Dr. Thatcher is a Board Certified Advanced Public Health Nurse.

Recent Publications:

  • Kulbok, P. A., Meszaros, P. S., Bond, D. C., Thatcher, E., Park, E., Kimbrell, M., & Smith-Gregory, T. (2014). Youths as partners in a community participatory project for substance use prevention. Family and Community Health Journal (accepted for publication).
  • Zenk, S. N., Thatcher, E., & Reina, M. (2014). Systematic review of local food environments, body weight, and other diet related health outcomes. In Morland, K. (ed.), Local food environments: Food access in America. CRC Press.ISBN-10: 1466567783
  • Snyder, A., & Thatcher, E. (2014). From the Trunk of a Volkswagen Beetle: A Mobile Nursing Clinic in Appalachia. Family and Community Health Journal, 37(3), 239-247. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000028
  • Welch, W., & Thatcher, E. (2014). The elephant on the examining table. In Welch, W. (eds.), Public Health in Appalachia: Essays from the Clinic and the Field. McFarland.
  • Kulbok, P. A., Thatcher, E. J., Park, E., & Meszaros, P. (2012). Evolving Public Health Nursing Roles: Focus on Community Participatory Health Promotion and Prevention. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 17(2), 1. DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol17No02Man01