Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Bernard Becker Professor, Brown School and School of Medicine
Keywords:
chronic disease, community health, health policy, built environment, physical activity, prevention, evidence-based practice, dissemination & implementation research, community-engaged research & practice, overweight & obesity

Dr. Brownson’s scholarly interests in public health bridge four broad areas:

1. Evaluation of environmental and policy change:
This includes exploration of the effects of the built environment and policies on physical activity and obesity, and effective methods of communicating with state legislators on cancer control policy.

2. Chronic disease intervention:
Development of innovative community-based interventions for prevention of chronic diseases, including those addressing social and policy determinants. This includes implementation of innovative interventions and partnerships in developing countries to prevent chronic diseases.

3. Dissemination research:
Development of innovative methods and approaches in dissemination and implementation research, as well as dissemination of existing evidence-based interventions for prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases.

4. Training:
Exploration of how to increase the reach, sophistication and impact of training in evidence-based public health among practitioners. Also development of new training programs in prevention research to serve pre- and postdoctoral students.