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Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology, George Warren Brown School of Social Work and Siteman Cancer Center

Professor, Division of Public Health Sciences



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Graduate School

Ph.D., Environmental Health/Epidemiology, Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1985

Quantitative Methods, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, 1998-99

Honors and Awards

Missouri Arthritis Advisory Board: Distinguished Service Award (1991)

Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors: Outstanding Leadership Award (1994)

Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors: Award for Excellence in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (1994)

Missouri Public Health Association: Publication Award (1994 and 2002)

Colorado State University Honor Alumnus (1997)

Visiting Professor, Bohan Lecture, University of Kansas Department of Preventive Medicine (1999)

Award for Excellence in Prevention Research and Research Translation in Chronic Disease, 15th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, CDC and National Prevention Research Centers Program (2000)

Abraham Lilienfeld Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring, Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association (2003)

Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University in Beirut (2004)

Visiting Scholar, DeHaan Lecture, Emory University (2008)

Langmuir Memorial Lecture, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (2008)

Charles C. Shepard Science Award, the highest CDC award for excellence in science (2009)

Research Interests

Selected

1R18DP001139-01 (Brownson, Ross C., P.I.)
CDC
Understanding and Enhancing Dissemination Among US
Chronic Disease Practitioners 09/30/07-09/29/10
Our primary goal is to increase the dissemination of evidence-based interventions to prevent and control chronic disease among US chronic disease practitioners.

1R01CA124404-01A1 (Brownson, Ross C., P.I.)
NIH/NCI
Cancer Control Dissemination Research Among State-Level Policy Makers 09/27/07-07/31/2012
Our primary goal is to increase the dissemination of evidence-based interventions to control cancer, focusing on the uptake of effective environmental and policy approaches among state-level policy makers.

1R01CA121534-01 (Brownson, Ross C., Co –PI)
NIDDK
Achieving Energy Balance in Overweight
Post-partum Teens
9/30/05 – 7/31/2010
This project is a multilevel intervention designed to reduce overweight in postpartum teens as measured by a change in body mass index.

1 R25 CA113443-01A2 – (Brownson, Ross C., P.I.)
NIH/NCI
Training Practitioners to Control Obesity and Cancer 9/15/06-6/30/11
The overall goal for this project is to develop workshops and subsequent dissemination activities to increase the likelihood of adoption of evidence-based interventions to control obesity and cancer through promotion of physical activity and healthy eating.

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Avenue
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-9641
rbrownson@wustl.edu

Selected Publications

Brownson RC, Hoehner CM, Day K, Forsyth A, Sallis JF. Measuring the built environment for physical activity: state of the science. Am J Prev Med. Apr 2009;36(4 Suppl):S99-123 e112.

Dodson EA, Fleming C, Boehmer TK, Haire-Joshu D, Luke DA, Brownson RC. Preventing childhood obesity through state policy: qualitative assessment of enablers and barriers. J Public Health Policy. 2009;30 Suppl 1:S161-176.

Satterfield JM, Spring B, Brownson RC, et al. Toward a transdisciplinary model of evidence-based practice. Milbank Q. Jun 2009;87(2):368-390.

Brownson RC, Ballew P, Kittur ND, et al. Developing competencies for training practitioners in evidence-based cancer control. J Cancer Educ. 2009;24(3):186-193.

Brownson RC, Jones E. Bridging the gap: Translating research into policy and practice. Prev Med. Jun 22 2009.

Baker EA, Brownson RC, Dreisinger M, McIntosh LD, Karamehic-Muratovic A. Examining the role of training in evidence-based public health: a qualitative study. Health Promot Pract. Jul 2009;10(3):342-348.

Brownson RC, Chriqui JF, Stamatakis KA. Understanding evidence-based public health policy. Am J Public Health. Sep 2009;99(9):1576-1583.

Simoes EJ, Hallal P, Pratt M, Ramos L, Munk M, Damascena W, Parra Perez D, Hoehner CM, Gilbertz D, Malta DC, Brownson RC. Effects of a community-based, professionally supervised intervention on physical activity levels among residents of Recife, Brazil. Am J Public Health. 2009;99(1):68-75.

Brownson RC, Fielding JE, Maylahn CM. Evidence-based public health: A fundamental concept for public health practice. Annu Rev Public Health. Apr 21 2009;30:175-201.

Dodson EA, Lovegreen SL, Elliott MB, Haire-Joshu D, Brownson RC. Worksite policies and environments supporting physical activity in midwestern communities. Am J Health Promot. 2008;23(1):51-55.

Deshpande AD, Dodson EA, Gorman I, Brownson RC. Physical activity and diabetes: opportunities for prevention through policy. Phys Ther. 2008;88(11):1425-1435.

Casey AA, Elliott M, Glanz K, Haire-Joshu D, Lovegreen SL, Saelens BE, Sallis JF, Brownson RC. Impact of the food environment and physical activity environment on behaviors and weight status in rural U.S. communities. Prev Med. 2008;47(6):600-604.

Roux L, Pratt M, Tengs TO, Yore MM, Yanagawa TL, Van Den Bos J, Rutt C, Brownson RC, Powell KE, Heath G, Kohl HW 3rd, Teutsch S, Cawley J, Lee IM, West L, Buchner DM. Cost effectiveness of community-based physical activity interventions. Am J Prev Med. 2008;35(6):578-588.

Brownson RC, Kelly CM, Eyler AA, Carnoske C, Grost L, Handy SL, et al. Environmental and policy approaches for promoting physical activity in the United States: a research agenda. J Phys Act Health. 2008;5(4):488-503.

Kanu M, Baker E, Brownson RC. Exploring associations between church-based social support and physical activity. J Phys Act Health. 2008;5(4):504-515.

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Books

Brownson RC, Remington PW, Davis JR (Eds). Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; 1993.

Brownson RC, Petitti DB (Eds). Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice. New York: Oxford University Press; 1998.

Brownson RC, Remington PW, Davis JR (Eds). Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; 1998.

Brownson RC, Baker EA, Novick LN (Eds). Community-Based Prevention: Programs that Work. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers; 1999.

Brownson RC, Baker EA, Leet TL, Gillespie KN. Evidence-Based Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press; 2003.

Nelson DE, Brownson RC, Remington PL, Parvanta C (Eds.). Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association; 2002.

Brownson RC, Petitti DB (Eds). Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice. 2nd Edition. New York: Oxford University Press; 2006.

Kumanyika S, Brownson R (Eds). Handbook of Obesity Prevention. A Resource for Health Professionals. New York: Springer; 2007.

Chapters

Brownson RC, Devier JR, Phillips PE, Chang JC, Gibson BB, Schramm WF, Crellin JR, Carlson GM. Excess lung cancer in a Missouri lead mining district. In: DD Hemphill (Ed), Trace Substances in Environmental Health-XXI. University of Missouri, Columbia, 1987:3-12.

Devier JR, Brownson RC, Carlson GM, Bagby JR Jr. Cancer inquiries and environmental concerns: A methodology for response. In: DD Hemphill (Ed), Trace Substances in Environmental Health-XXI. University of Missouri, Columbia, 1987:97-103.

Brownson RC, Zahm SH, Chang JC, Davis JR. The use of a cancer registry in occupational cancer surveillance. In: Proceedings of the 1989 Public Health Conference on Records and Statistics. Hyattsville, MD: US Dept of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, DHHS Publication No (PHS) 90-1214:261-267.

Chang JC, Brownson RC, Davis JR. Cancer risks among Missouri electrical workers. In: Urban Life and Cancer – A Selection of Essays. Hamburg: International Association of Cancer Registries, 1990:109-118.

Alavanja MCR, Brownson R, Mahaffey J, Boice J, Conrath S. Radon dosimetry from the Missouri case-control study of lung cancer among nonsmoking women. In: Proceedings: The 1992 International Symposium on Radon and Radon Reduction Technology (4th). 1992;1:1-3.

Jackson-Thompson J, Hagan R, Wilkerson J, Davis JR, Brownson RC, Fisher EB Jr. From basic BRFSS to special surveys: The collection, analysis and use of state, area and local data. In: Proceedings of the 1991 Public Health Conference on Records and Statistics. Hyattsville, MD: US Dept of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, DHHS Publication No (PHS) 92-1214:337-342.

Alavanja MCR, Brownson R. Radon dosimetry for a lung cancer study in Missouri. In: Proceedings of the 29th Hanford Symposium. 1992:871-884.

Brownson RC, Eriksen MP. Foreword. In: State Tobacco Prevention and Control Activities. Washington, DC: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; 1994.

Bal DG, Nixon DG, Foerster SB, Brownson RC. Cancer prevention. In: Murphy GP, Lawrence W Jr, Lenhard RE Jr (Eds). American Cancer Society Textbook of Clinical Oncology. 2nd Edition. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, Inc 1995:40-63.

Brownson RC, Alavanja MCR. Radon. In: Steenland K, Savitz DA (Eds). Topics in Environmental Epidemiology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 1997.

Brownson RC, Newschaffer CJ, Ali-Abarghoui F. Cardiovascular disease among the rural elderly: opportunities for prevention. In: Kaiser FE, Morley JE, Coe RM (Eds). Cardiovascular Disease in Older Persons. New York: Springer Inc. 1997:215-230.

Brownson RC. Clean indoor air regulation. In: Reducing Tobacco Use. The 2000 Report of the US Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2000.

Baker EA, Brownson RC. Community-based prevention. In: Novick LF, Mays GP (Eds). Public Health Administration. Principles for Population-Based Management. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers, Inc; 2001:587-603.