Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center. She is also Associate Director for Community Engaged Research and Program Leader for Cancer Control, at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute on Health Economics, the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She was previously at Emory University (2004-2009), the University of Hawaii (1993 to 2004), and Temple University.
A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and health care settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; cancer prevention and control; chronic disease management and control; reducing health disparities; and 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. She was a member of the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services from 2006-2016. Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 500 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Glanz is senior editor of Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jossey-Bass Inc.), a widely used text now in its fifth edition (2015).
Karen Glanz has a long history of leading community-based health research and programs, and currently serves in several related roles at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Director of the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the UPenn CTSA. Previously, she was Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center, a CDC-funded center emphasizing community-based participatory research, evaluation and training (2004-2009); and the Community Health Research Program at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Research Center (1995-2004). Dr. Glanz has been recognized with local and national awards for her work, including being appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2017. Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013. She was named a Fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and received the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award. She was designated a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period since 2006, and was named one of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 by Thomson Reuters.
Josh is a Senior Research Coordinator for CHBR working primarily on STEP Together. Previously, he worked for a Philadelphia-based market research firm where he managed pharmaceutical and healthcare studies. Josh also holds a BA in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College. In his free time, Josh enjoys film, reading, and baseball.
Claire is a graduate research assistant for CHBR. She is currently pursuing her MPH degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Before studying public health, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience with minors in chemistry and nutrition. Her research interests are primarily in community health, public health nutrition and policy, and disease prevention. She enjoys spending her free time hanging out with friends, cooking with leftover ingredients, and hiking.
Claudia is a Program Coordinator with the Center for Health Behavior Research. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising with a parallel concentration in Psychology from the University of Miami. She has studied Health Coaching and also completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Outside of work, Claudia enjoys spending time in nature, reading, and learning about somatics.
Margaret Clawson is a NEMS Master Trainer and Project Coordinator for the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS). She received her Master's degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Education. Before attending graduate school, Margaret was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Her interests include participatory research, minority health, obesity prevention, and translation and dissemination of research. Some of her previous work areas include HIV care, HIV prevention, youth empowerment, lay health advisors and Latino health.
Amanda is a postdoctoral fellow for CHBR. She earned her PhD in nutrition science from the University of Delaware where she focused on food acquisition behaviors and diet quality. Amanda is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and practiced for 5 years in community and public health nutrition as well individual nutrition counseling prior to earning her PhD. Amanda enjoys running, hiking, and reading in her free time.
Yolande is currently involved with the Community Outreach and Engagement component of the Abramson Cancer Center, and the Healthy Savings Study. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a Bachelor of Science in Oral Health from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Her research interests include community health, health promotion and education, and disease prevention. Yolande also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and working out.
Betsy has a background in Communications and Marketing for manufacturing, small business, and tourism. She currently manages seven websites for the Center for Health Behavior Research, as well as the social media channels, and graphic design needs. She enjoys exploring Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic coast with her family, after a move from the Midwest in 2016.
Jennifer is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Sociology and minoring in Asian American Studies and Nutrition Science. She is a research assistant for STEP Together, with her interests being in public health and health sciences. Jennifer is part of the Penn Figure Skating Team, Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board, and the Medical Emergency Response Team on campus.
Flora is a currently involving projects with COVID-19 risk perception, knowledge, and behaviors, evaluating a ban of common sunscreen ingredients in Hawaii, STEP Together, and the Real-time Incentives for Fruits and Vegetables. Flora earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Jinan University in China, and a Master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from Indiana University. With over 17 years’ experience as a professional data analyst in health outcome research at the UPenn Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), her research involved projects with veterans with lower extremity amputation, veterans post-stroke rehabilitation, and aging populations with or without disabilities, the PRC Healthy Weigh Study, and the Healthy Retail Solutions Study. Living with her husband and two home-away adult sons, her leisure time is spent on Ikebana flower arrangement, volunteering in the community, hiking, reading, and traveling around the world with family.
Jeremy is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). As a research assistant, his primary interest is in behavior change processes. Jeremy is also an avid pianist and tennis player.
Caleb is a third year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine. He joined CHBR after participating in the NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes. Before medical school, he attended Case Western Reserve University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with minors in chemistry and biology. His research interests are primarily in healthcare disparities and preventive medicine. Outside of medicine, he enjoys music and playing his cello.
Janaiya is a Research Manager for the Center for Health Behavior Research. She is a Philadelphia native and has earned her Master's on Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Community Health. Her research interests include community engagement, developing interventions for vulnerable populations, health disparities, and disease prevention. Some of her prior research experience include leading multi-center studies, mixed-methods research, HIV/STI prevention, mental health, Genitourinary malignancies and Kidney Transplantation. Janaiya enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants in the city, traveling, and going for walks.
Krista is the Research Project Manager for STEP Together. Previously, she was a Peace Corps Community Health volunteer in Madagascar and a clinical research coordinator in Washington, DC. Krista holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and an MPH and MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After over a decade away, she is thrilled to return to the Philadelphia region.
Ashna is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in biology and psychology. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in Public Health in the Perelman School of Medicine. Her primary interests are global health disparities and mental health related policy. Ashna also enjoys dancing with her team - Penn Raas, baking bread and volunteering with various mental health and community service organizations on campus.