Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Program Co-Director | Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

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Ross C. Brownson, PhD is the Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the Brown School and the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

He leads the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, is an Associate Director of the Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Co-director of the newly established Washington University Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control (WU-ISCCC). Dr. Brownson is a foremost expert in implementation science, conducting a series of ongoing studies on approaches for understanding and enhancing evidence-based public health, measurement of key constructs in implementation science, policy dissemination for controlling chronic diseases, and designing for dissemination.

Dr. Brownson is the author of 7 books, including the first comprehensive text on D&I research (now in its 2nd edition) and over 300 peer-reviewed articles. He is leading three current NIH-funded implementation studies: mis-implementation in state-level cancer prevention and control (R01CA214530), enhancing evidence-based diabetes control in local health departments (R01DK109913), and understanding and promoting physical activity in rural communities experiencing disparities (R01CA211323). Dr. Brownson was the director and PI of the R25 training program: Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (R25CA171994), which developed an innovative training program for post-doctoral scholars. He is associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, and on the editorial board of four other journals. He is a member of the NIH planning committee for the national D&I research conference, and founding member of the NIH Training Institute for D&I Research in Health.