Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health

Co-Director, Prevention Research Center, Brown School and School of Medicine Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Brownson is involved in numerous community-level studies designed to understand and reduce modifiable risk factors such as, physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use. In particular, he is interested in the impacts of environmental and policy interventions on health behaviors and he conducts research on D&I of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Brownson is the author of nine books and over 400 peer-reviewed articles. His books include: Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, Handbook of Obesity Prevention, Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners, and Evidence-Based Public Health. His book (co-edited by Drs. Colditz and Proctor), Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice, was published in early 2012 and is highly relevant for the IRI. He is associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, and on the editorial board of four other journals. He is a former and founding member of the 15-person CDC Task Force, which is developing the Guide to Community Preventive Services. Dr. Brownson is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Prevention Research and Research Translation in Chronic Disease from the CDC (2000) and the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions in teaching and mentoring from APHA (2003). He is a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Dr. Brownson began his career as a cancer epidemiologist with the Missouri Department of Health and has strong practice experience. He also has a long track record of NIH funding, which dates back to 1986 when he received his first NIH grant.