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Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

George A. Weiss University Professor
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology
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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
801 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-0613
Fax: 215-573-5315
B.A. (With Distinction, in Spanish)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974.
M.P.H. (Health Behavior and Health Education)
University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, 1977.
Ph.D. (Health Behavior and Health Education)
University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Ann Arbor, 1979.
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Description of CCEB Expertise

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the new Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

She was formerly (2004-2009) Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar; and Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. From 1993 to 2004, she was Professor and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at the Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i at the University of Hawai'i. From 1979 to 1993 she was a Professor in the Departments of Health Education and Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Glanz received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.

Her research, funded for over $25 million over the past 15 years, focuses on cancer prevention and control, theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, social and health policy, and new health communication technologies. She is currently conducting research on skin cancer prevention, nutrition and chronic disease prevention, compliance with glaucoma medications and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Glanz and her team are committed to conducting scientific research with promising short-and long-term application to improved community health, health care, and public health services. Dr. Glanz has been recognized with several national awards, and was the 2007 recipient of the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award from the James and Sarah Fries Foundation. She is a member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, a federally-appointed task force that oversees the Community Guide evidence reviews. Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 330 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Glanz is senior editor of Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jossey-Bass Inc., 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008), a widely used text recently published in its fourth edition. She was recognized in 2006 as a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.

Description of Content-based Expertise

Adherence, Cancer Epidemiology, Nutrition, Prevention, Psychosocial, Public Health, Cancer Screening, Skin Cancer Prevention

Description of Methodology Expertise

Clinical Trials, Inter-rater Reliability, Measurement Error Problems, Spatial Data, Validation of Behavioral Measures

Selected Publications

Glenn BA, Lin T, Chang LC, Okada A, Wong WK, Glanz K, Bastani R.: Sun Protection Practices and Sun Exposure among Children with a Parental History of Melanoma. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2015.

Glanz K, Volpicelli K, Jepson C, Ming ME, Schuchter L, Armstrong K. : Effects of Tailored Risk Communications for Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection: The PennSCAPE Randomized Trial. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2015.

King AC, Glanz K, Patrick K.: Technologies to Measure and Modify Physical Activity and Eating Environments. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015.

George M, Keddem S, Barg F, Green S, Glanz K. : Perceptions of factors influencing asthma control in overweight, African American women. Journal of Asthma 2015.

Phipps EJ, Wallace SL, Stites SD, Uplinger N, Singletary SB, Hunt L, Axelrod S, Glanz K, Braitman LE.: Do Price Incentives Increase Purchase of Fruit and Vegetables? American Journal of Public Health 2015.

Glanz K, Sallis JF, Saelens BE.: Advances in Physical Activity and Nutrition Environment Assessment Tools and Applications: Recommendations. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015.

Glanz K, Davis EL.: Introduction to the Theme Issue Built Environment Assessment and Interventions for Obesity Prevention: Moving the Field Forward. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015.

Glanz K, Yackle A. : Tackling the burden of cancer in the twenty-first century: Understanding and communicating in new and future contexts. Health Education and Behavior 2015.

Kegler MC, Swan DW, Alcantara I, Feldman L, Glanz K.: The influence of rural home and neighborhood environments on healthy eating, physical activity, and weight. Prevention Science 2014.

Cain KL, Millstein RA, Sallis JF, Conway TL, Gavand K, Frank LD, Saelens BE, Geremia CM, Chapman J, Adams MA, Glanz K, King AC. : Contribution of streetscape audits to explanation of physical activity in four age groups: Validity of the Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS) instrument. Social Science and Medicine 2014.

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