Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Karen Glanz

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

George A. Weiss University Professor and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing

Professor of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine Associate Director for Community-Engaged Research and Leader, Cancer Control Program, Abramson Cancer Center

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is a member of the Advisory Group at PC3I. 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, have been widely recognized and replicated.


Karen Glanz is a 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 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 Hawaii at the University of Hawaii. 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 Ph.D. (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.

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