Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center, at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Associate Director for Community-Engaged Research and Program Leader for Cancer Control at the UPenn’s Abramson Cancer Center. A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. Her research, funded for over $40 million over the past 25 years, focuses on cancer prevention and control, theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, implementation science, social and health policy, and new health communication technologies. Her research and publications about understanding, measuring and improving healthy food environments, beginning in the 1980’s, has been widely recognized and replicated.
Dr. Glanz has published more than 500 journal articles and book chapters. She is a member of the NHLBI Advisory Council and served on the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services for 10 years. Dr. Glanz is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and was designated a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period. Thomson Reuters named her one of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015" in general social sciences.
Karen Glanz was formerly (2004-2009) Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar; and Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. From 1993 to 2004, she was Professor and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at the Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i at the University of Hawai'i. From 1979 to 1993 she was a Professor in the Departments of Health Education and Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Glanz received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.