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Marianne Cockroft, PhD, MNEd, RN
Associate professor
Public Health and Community Practice

Marianne Cockroft is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill. A nursing educator for a range of educational contexts (i.e., University professor, community college instructor, hospital community educator), Marianne’s public and community health nursing, disease prevention, and health and safety promotion work has served populations across the lifespan—from infants to senior citizens—and has mostly addressed high risk behaviors, chronic diseases in aging, and self-care. In her career she has demonstrated a high level of motivation to engage in assessing health needs for individuals and families and to serve special, and often overlooked, populations with unmet health care needs. Marianne has experience in conducting community assessments and developing interventions to address community needs, such as her creation of a playgroup for parents and their toddlers as a child abuse prevention strategy. Her portfolio of accomplishments also includes establishing a wellness center for Durham County, NC seniors; establishing partnerships with school health and occupational health clinical sites; and developing ways for public libraries to provide clinical teaching opportunities. Dr. Cockroft’s career in public health nursing has also revolved around forging connections and partnerships—creating and strengthening relationships between parents and their children, between patients and community resources, and between education and service partners.


Leigh Mullen, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Clinical Instructor
Adult Health

Leigh Mullen is nationally board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). As an FNP, she cares for individuals of all ages from healthy pregnant women to the very aged. Leigh holds degrees in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University and in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her graduate work in Nursing was conducted at the UNC-CH School of Nursing. In addition to seeing patients at the UNC School of Nursing Mobile Health Clinic, Leigh is on faculty at the School where she teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing students and lectures in Pathophysiology. When not teaching or seeing patients, she enjoys spending time with her familiy.


Johanne I. Laboy, PhD, MBA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Communication

Johanne Laboy is a community engagement professional with 20 years of experience as a marketing and communications practitioner. She has extensive experience working with diverse publics and marginalized populations. Johanne is trained in interdisciplinary fields, including communication, health sciences, and health promotion. Throughout her professional career, she has held positions in strategic marketing, community relations, public relations, and event planning.  In addition to her varied skills, Johanne in an experienced social scientist. She has co-authored a number of articles that have been published in peer reviewed journals, including Communication Studies, the Journal of Loss and Trauma, and the International Journal of Information Management. In addition, she has served as a contributor to the Sage Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society, the Encyclopedia of Health Communication, and the Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity.