Ross Brownson, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology, College of Medicine and the School of Social Work, at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Brownson is involved in numerous community-level studies designed to reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, and tobacco use. In particular, he is interested in evaluating the impacts of environmental and policy interventions on health behaviors. Dr. Brownson conducts research on dissemination of evidence-based interventions in public health and policy settings. He is co-director of the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center (PRC), a 5-year project aimed at developing innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention. Current activities of PRC include evaluation of the implementation of the National Physical Activity Plan and describing the public perceptions regarding physical activity and obesity policies. Dr. Brownson is the author of seven books and more than 300 peer-reviewed articles. His books include Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, Handbook of Obesity Prevention, Evidence-Based Public Health, and Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice. Dr. Brownson previously served on the IOM Committees on An Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision Making, Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity, and Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth. He received his Ph.D. in environmental health and epidemiology from Colorado State University. Dr. Brownson is a leading expert in chronic disease prevention; an expert in the area of applied epidemiology; and regarded as one of the great intellectual, educational, and practice leaders in the field of evidence-based public health.