Ross Brownson, PhD

Ross Brownson, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University

Research Interest

Etiologic factors responsible for the occurrence of lung cancer among nonsmokers; methods of effective intervention to promote physical activity and to control tobacco at the community level; assessment of the role of environmental and policy interventions to prevent cancer; methods of assessment and intervention for behavioral risk factors among high-risk populations (e.g. those of low income, racial/ethnic minorities).


  • 1985: PhD, environmental health/epidemiology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • 1999: MPH, quantitative methods, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston

Selected Research Publications

Closing the gap: advancing implementation science through training and capacity building.
  • Brownson RC, Cabassa LJ, Drake BF, Shelton RC
  • Implement Sci 2024
Reimagining Public Health: Mapping A Path Forward.
  • Samet J, Brownson RC
  • Health Aff (Millwood) 2024
Action planning for building public health program sustainability: results from a group-randomized trial.
  • Moreland-Russell S, Combs T, Gannon J, [...] Brownson RC
  • Implement Sci 2024
Designing for dissemination among public health and clinical practitioners in the USA.
  • Shato T, Kepper MM, McLoughlin GM, [...] Brownson RC
  • J Clin Transl Sci 2024
Learning to Prioritize Our Collaborative Opportunities: Overcoming the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome.
  • Brownson RC, Adams DR, Anyane-Yeboa A, Powell BJ
  • J Contin Educ Health Prof 2023
Understanding Health Equity in Public Health Practice in the United States.
  • Brownson RC, Mazzucca-Ragan S, Jacob RR, [...] Eyler AA
  • J Public Health Manag Pract 2023
The Value and Impacts of Academic Public Health Departments.
  • Erwin PC, Grubaugh JH, Mazzucca-Ragan S, Brownson RC
  • Annu Rev Public Health 2023

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