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Center Leadership & Fellows

Center Director

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPHKaren Glanz, PhD, MPH is the George A. Weiss University Professor, and Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing. She is also the Director of the 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 380 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, and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

Senior Fellows

Andrea J. Apter, MD, MA, MSc
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Allergy & Immunology
Program Director, Allergy & Immunology
Perelman School of Medicine
David A. Asch, MD, MBA
Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management and Economics
Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
The Wharton School
Janet Audrain-McGovern, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
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
Ian M. Bennett, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Perelman School of Medicine

Michael Blank, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Nursing (secondary)
School of Nursing

Amy Bleakley, PhD, MPH
Senior Research Analyst of Health Communication
Annenberg Public Policy Center
University of Pennsylvania

Hillary Bogner, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
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
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (secondary)
Perelman School of Medicine
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
Professor of Emergency Medicine (secondary)
Perelman School of Medicine
Director, The Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center
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

Amy Hillier, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning
School of Design
Assistant Professor (secondary)
School of Social Policy and Practice

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
Professor of Communication and Education (secondary)
Graduate School of Education
Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication
Annenberg School for Communication

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, MSN, BSN
van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Director, Center for Health Equity Research
School of Nursing
Professor (secondary)
Perelman School of Medicine

Barbara Kahn, PhD
Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing
Director, Jay H. Baker Retailing Center
The Wharton School
Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
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
Assistant 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
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine in Psychiatry (secondary)
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
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Associate Professor of Psychology in Surgery (secondary)
Director, Albert J. Stunkard Weight Management Program
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
Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Director of Educational Development, Center for Public Health Initiatives
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 Incentives
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Douglas Wiebe, PhD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Emergency Medicine (secondary)
Associate Professor of Division Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care (secondary)
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

G. Anita Heeren, MD, MSc, PhD
Senior Research Associate
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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