Ross Brownson, PhD, is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health. He studies the translation of evidence to public health practice, with a content focus on environmental and policy determinants of physical activity and obesity. Dr. Brownson is the author of 15 books and over 450 peer-reviewed articles. His books include Applied Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Public Health, and Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.
Dr. Brownson has received numerous awards for his work. Among these, he is the recipient of the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions in teaching and mentoring (from the American Public Health Association) and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award (the highest award for science, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Dr. Brownson has been noted as one of the most productive public health scholars and was recently named by Thompson Reuters as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds.
His service includes seven years on the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services and membership on four committees of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Brownson is also a former board member of the American Cancer Society and a former president of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. He is also active in the American College of Epidemiology, where he is a recent past-president.