Dr. Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH
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 Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the UPenn School of Nursing in 2009 and has been with the Center for Health Equity Research since May 2011. She was previously at Emory University (2004-2009), the University of Hawaii (1993 to 2004), and Temple University. She received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Glanz’s research focuses include ethnic/racial differences in health behavior and determinants of health; cancer prevention and control; obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; chronic disease prevention and control and health communication technologies. She is a member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, a federally-appointed task force that oversees the Community Guide evidence reviews. Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 360 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Glanz is senior editor of Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jossey-Bass Inc., 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008), a widely used text recently published in its fourth edition, and Senior Editor of the journal Social Science and Medicine.
Dr. Glanz has been recognized with local and national awards for her work, including being named a Fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, receiving the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, being named a Healthcare Hero by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and receiving several national awards for her innovative health promotion programs. 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.
Health Equity Research
Mentorship: Students and Fellows
Bryan Kim, PhD, Center for Health Behavior Research Post-Doctoral Fellow
Karyn Tappe, PhD, Center for Health Behavior Research Post- Doctoral Fellow
Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
Erin Blevins, MD, Fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Elizabeth Lowenthal, MD, Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at
Perelman School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
Ronac Mamtani, MD, Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology
Marilyn Santana, MD, Fellow in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Charmaine Wright, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine,
Perelman School of Medicine