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  • George A. Weiss University Professor, Schools of Medicine and Nursing 
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing
  • Director of the Center for Health Behavioral Research

Karen 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 Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute on Health Economics and the Center for Public Health Initiatives 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.  She received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.

A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, and other disciplines, Dr. Glanz has led research funded for over $25 million in the past two decades.  Her research in community and health care settings focuses on cancer prevention and control; obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; chronic disease prevention and control; and health communication technologies.  She is a member of the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services.  Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 360 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 now in its fourth edition.  

Dr. Glanz has been recognized with local and national awards for her work, including being named a Fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, receiving the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, and receiving several national awards for her innovative health promotion programs.  Shewas designated a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.