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Center Leadership & Fellows

Center Director

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPHKaren Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center. She is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute on Health Economics, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She was previously at Emory University (2004-2009), the University of Hawaii (1993 to 2004), and Temple University.

A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and health care settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; cancer prevention and control; chronic disease management and control; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. Her research and publications about understanding, measuring and improving healthy food environments, beginning in the 1980's, has been widely recognized and replicated. She is a member of the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 400 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Glanz is senior editor of Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jossey-Bass Inc.), a widely used text now in its fifth edition (2015, forthcoming).

Karen Glanz has a long history of leading community-based health research and programs, and currently serves in several related roles at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Director of the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the UPenn CTSA; Director of the Pro-CEED community engagement and dissemination core of the NIMHD-funded P60 Center to Reduce Health Disparities in Prostate Cancer; Scientific Director of the Recruitment, Outcomes and Assessment Research (ROAR) Core of the Abramson Cancer Center; and Director of Research for the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI). Previously, she was Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center, a CDC-funded center emphasizing community-based participatory research, evaluation and training (2004-2009); and the Community Health Research Program at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Research Center (1995-2004).

Dr. Glanz has been recognized with local and national awards for her work, including being elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013. She was named a Fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and received the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. She was designated a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.

Senior Fellows

Andrea J. Apter, MD, MA, MSc
Professor of Medicine at HUP
Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Scholar, Epidemiology
Chief, Allergy & Immunology Section
Presbyterian Medical Center


David A. Asch, MD, MBA
The Wharton School
Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Health Care Management, and Operations and Information Management
Executive Director, Center for Health Care Innovation

Janet Audrain-McGovern, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
Co-Director, Career Development Core
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction

Frances Barg, PhD, MEd
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Perelman School of Medicine
Associated Faculty, Department of Anthropology
School of Arts and Sciences
Lab Co-Director
Mixed Methods Research Lab

Ian M. Bennett, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at HUP
Perelman School of Medicine
Research Scientist
Graduate School of Education

Michael Blank, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine

Amy Bleakley, PhD, MPH
Senior Research Scientist
Annenberg Public Policy Center
University of Pennsylvania

Hillary Bogner, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director of Research Programs, FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine

Joseph Cappella, PhD
Gerald R. Miller Chair Professor of Communication
Annenberg School for Communication
Stanley N. Caroff, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Inpatient Psychiatry Program at Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Perelman School of Medicine
Peter F. Cronholm, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Perelman School of Medicine
Co-Director, Mixed Methods Research Lab
University of Pennsylvania

David F. Dinges, MS, MA(H), PhD
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Unit for Experimental Psychiatry
Chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology
Vice Chair, Faculty Affairs & Professional Development
Perelman School of Medicine
Joel Fein, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
Director of Advocacy and Health Policy, Division of Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, Emergency Department Violence Intervention Project
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C FAAN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing

Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Chief of Staff
Associate Director of Diversity and Community Engagement
Abramson Cancer Center

 

Amy Hillier, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning
School of Design
Faculty Co-Director, Cartographic Modeling Lab


John H. Holmes, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology
Director, Doctoral Program in Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Professor (secondary)
School of Nursing
Robert Hornik, MA, PhD
Wilbur Schramm Term Professor of Communication and Health Policy
Director, Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research
Annenberg School for Communication

John Jemmott, PhD
Professor of Communication in Psychiatry
Director, Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research
Perelman School of Medicine
Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication
Annenberg School for Communication

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, MSN, BSN
van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
School of Nursing

Barbara Kahn, PhD
Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing
Director, Jay H. Baker Retailing Center
The Wharton School
Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD
Instructor in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Director for Behavioral Research, Center for Injury Research and Prevention
Co-Director, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress
The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
Stephen E. Kimmel, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology (secondary)
Director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Deputy Director, Clinical Epidemiology Unit
Perelman School of Medicine
Tanja V.E. Kral, PhD
Associate Professor in Nursing
School of Nursing
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry (secondary)
Perelman School of Medicine
Henry R. Kranzler, MA, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH
Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing
Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences
School of Nursing
Professor of Epidemiology (secondary)
Director, MPH Program
Perelman School of Medicine
Karin Verlaine Rhodes, MD, MS
Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
Director, Division of Emergency Care Policy Research
Perelman School of Medicine
Research Faculty
School of Social Policy & Practice
Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN
Professor
Director, Biobehavioral Research Center
School of Nursing
Paul Rozin, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Experience
School of Arts and Sciences
David B. Sarwer, PhD
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Professor of Psychology in Surgery (secondary)
Director of Clinical Services, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders
Perelman School of Medicine
Steven L. Sayers, PhD, MA
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Perelman School of Medicine
Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine
Marilyn S. Sommers, PhD
Lillian S. Brunner Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing
School of Nursing
Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
Professor (secondary)
The Wharton School
Director, Center for Health Incentivesand Behavioral Economics
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Douglas Wiebe, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director, Penn Cartographic Modeling Lab
Perelman School of Medicine
Flaura Winston, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine
Scientific Director, Center for Injury Research and Prevention
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

 

Associate Fellows

Katherine Abbott, PhD, MGS
Research Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Rinad S. Beidas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine

Joretha Bourjolly, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor and Clinician Educator
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director, MSW Program
School of Social Policy and Practice

Charles Branas, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (secondary)
Professor of Surgery (secondary)
Director, Cartographic Modeling Laboratory
Perelman School of Medicine

Abigail Cohen, MA, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research
School of Nursing Science
John Farrar, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care (secondary)
Perelman School of Medicine
Monica O. Ferguson, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
Wei-Ting Hwang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine
James N. Kirkpatrick, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiovascular Medicine Division
Perelman School of Medicine
Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Nursing
Center for Global Women's Health
Center for Health Equity Research
Jessica Hafetz Mirman, PhD
Behavioral Researcher at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
David Oslin, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, VISN 4 Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center
Perelman School of Medicine
Marilyn Stringer, PhD, WHCNP-BC, FANN
Professor, Women's Health Nursing
School of Nursing
Associate Professor in Women's Health Nursing in Obstetrics & Gynecology (secondary)
Perelman School of Medicine
Andrea Troxel, ScD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Perelman School of Medicine
Charmaine Wright, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Med-Peds Residency Program

 

Affiliate Fellows

Heather F. de Vries, MSPH
Senior Clinical Research Project Manager
Perelman School of Medicine

How to Become a Fellow

Fellows of the Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR) have access to a variety of benefits including networking and research and training grant collaborations. The CHBR network offers education opportunities through workshops and an interdisciplinary Seminar Series as well as consultation on the selection and development of measurement tools for research projects.

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