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Pratibha Nayak

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Pratibha Nayak has contributed to research related to tobacco-free environments, which has included assessing the impact of a smoking ban and evaluating the altered risk perception toward smoking among individuals who consume tobacco products. She is interested in conducting research across multiple disciplines, including health behavior sciences and policy development, with a focus on risk management, consumer decision making, health economics, and public health law. Dr. Nayak is particularly interested in research that will inform FDA regulatory actions regarding the acceptance and consumer purchasing of alternative tobacco products.

She obtained a Ph.D. in public health from the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2014. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Prior to joining GSU, Dr. Nayak served as a program manager at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and as a research assistant at the American Cancer Society. She has published in peer-reviewed journals that focus on tobacco, public health, cancer survivorship, quality of life, racial disparity and health behaviors. She is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis. She has experience in using population-based data sets, applying survey methodology, leading data collection efforts, and analyzing data obtained from key informant and focus group interviews.


Paxton, R.J., Nayak, P., Taylor, W.C., Chang, S., Courneya, K.S., Schover, L., Hodges, K., Jones, L.A. African-American breast cancer survivors’ preferences for various types of physical activity interventions: a Sisters Network Inc. web-based survey. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2014, Mar;8(1):31-8.PMID: 24043292

Holmes, H.M., Nguyen, H.T., Nayak, P., Oh, J.H., Escalante, C.P., Elting, L.S. Chronic conditions and health status in older cancer survivors. European Journal of Internal Medicine. 2014 Apr;25(4):374-8. PMID: 24389373

Nayak, P., Holmes, H., Nguyen. H.T., Elting,.L.S. Physical activity adherence among cancer survivors ages 45-64 in the United States. Chronic Disease and Prevention. 2014, Sep; 11(E156). PMID: 25211504