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Abramson Cancer Center Appointment

Karen Glanz, PhD, has been named Associate Director for Community Engaged Research and Leader for the Cancer Control Program.

Glanz is a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, the George A. Weiss University Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center. She is a behavioral scientist with public health expertise. Her basic and translational research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reduction of health disparities; and novel health communication technologies.

Glanz has made important and sustained contributions to cancer prevention and control.  With more than 480 publications and designation as a Most Highly-Cited Author over the past 20 years (top 0.5 percent of authors in the field), her scholarship has been consistently interdisciplinary and highly influential in advancing the science of understanding, predicting, and changing health-related behavior. Glanz is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, served on the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services for 10 years, and is a current member of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council.  She has been a member of the Cancer Control Program at the Abramson Cancer Center since 2009. The position became effective at the beginning of December.