Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH
Karen Glanz seeks to understand health behavior and improve it by educating and informing people and through public policy and organizational change. A globally influential public health scholar, Dr. Glanz’s work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines.
Her research in community and health care settings includes healthy eating, obesity prevention, cancer prevention and control, chronic disease management and control, reducing health disparities, and health communication technologies. Dr. Glanz’s research about understanding, measuring, and improving healthy food environments has been widely recognized and replicated.
“My research, policy work, and teaching focus on improving the health of communities and creating environments that help people make healthy decisions.”
- PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1979
- MPH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1977
- BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974
Dr. Glanz teaches graduate seminar courses covering topics such as measuring behavior and psychosocial factors. She mentors students studying nursing, medicine, arts and sciences, communication, and business, engaging them in data analysis and writing journal articles.
Dr. Glanz is senior editor of Health Behavior: Theory, Research, and Practice, a widely used text, now in its 5th edition, that has also been published in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Dr. Glanz has published more than 440 journal articles and book chapters. Thomson Reuters named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015” in general social sciences, based on publishing the most highly cited papers from 2003 to 2013. The Institute for Scientific Information has named Dr. Glanz a Most Highly Cited Researcher.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Glanz has received more than $40 million in research funding. Current studies range from a CDC-funded examination of media communication strategies for reducing ultraviolet exposure to prevent skin cancer to an NIH-funded study of the impact of healthy food marketing in supermarkets and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded evaluation of the impacts of the New Jersey Food Financing Initiative.
Leadership and Scholarship Across Disciplines
Penn recruited Dr. Glanz, who holds dual appointments in medicine and nursing, through Penn Integrates Knowledge, which brings in eminent scholars whose work draws from multiple academic disciplines and whose achievements demonstrate a rare ability to thrive at the intersection of multiple fields.
Dr. Glanz is director of Penn’s Center for Health Behavior Research, which facilitates university-wide collaboration among faculty, fellows, and students on health behavior research, and advancing measurement of health behaviors and the use of health behavior theory. The Center for Health Behavior Research is part of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Perelman School of Medicine.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Penn’s Prevention Research Center, which serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research in chronic disease prevention and for advancing prevention research, was developed by Dr. Glanz and her colleagues. Launched in 2014 with a $4.35 million grant from the CDC, it’s one of 26 Prevention Research Centers nationwide. Dr. Glanz and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, direct the center, through which faculty from medicine, business, and other fields, and researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, collaborate on research in cancer prevention, weight loss, the economic impact of clinical trials, and other areas.
Selected Career Highlights
- Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine (formerly named Institute of Medicine)
- Best Practices in Distance Learning Program – Bronze Award, U.S. Distance Learning Association
- Fellow, Society for Behavioral Medicine
- Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award
- George, M., Keddem, S., Barg, F., Green, S., Glanz, K. (in press). Perceptions of factors influencing asthma control in overweight, African American women. Journal of Asthma, .
- Partington, S.N., Menzies, T., Colburn, T., Saelens, B.E., Glanz, K.. (in press). Development and validation of reduced item food audit tools based on the Nutrition Environment Measures Surveys for stores and restaurants. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, .
- Kurka, J.M., Adams, M.A, Todd, M., Colburn, T., Sallis, J.F., Conway, T., Cain, K.L., Kerr, J., Glanz, K., Frank, L.D., Saelens, B.E. (in press). Neighborhood Environment Profiles for Out-of-School Youth Physical Activity. Health and Place, .
- Keddem, S., Barg, F., Glanz, K., Jackson, T., Green, S.H., George, M. (in press). Mapping the Urban Asthma Experience: Using Qualitative GIS to Understand Contextual Factors Affecting Asthma Control. Social Science and Medicine, .
- Reese, P.P., Mgbako, O., Mussell, A., Potluri, V., Yekta, Z., Levsky, S., Bellamy, S., Parikh, C.R., Shults, J., Glanz, K., Feldman, H.I., Volpp, K. (in press). A pilot randomized trial of financial incentives or coaching to lower serum phosphorus in dialysis patients. Journal of Renal Nutrition, .
- Hopkins, D, Glanz, K. et al. (in press). Combined Diet and Physical Activity Promotion Programs for Prevention of Diabetes: Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Annals of Internal Medicine , .
- Yehia, B.R., Stewart, L., Momplaisir, F., Moody, A., Holtzman, C., Jacobs, L., Hines, J., Mounzer, J., Glanz. K., Metlay,, J.P., Shea, J.A. (in press). Barriers and Facilitators to Patient Retention in HIV Care. BMC Infectious Diseases, .
- Zeigler-Johnson, C., Morales, K., Glanz, K., Spangler, E., Mitchell, J., Rebbeck, T.R. (in press). Individual- and Neighborhood-Level educational influences the effect of obesity on prostate cancer treatment failure after prostatectomy. Cancer Causes Control, .
- Sallis, J.F., Cain, K.L., Conway, T.L., Gavand, K., Millstein, R.A., Geremia, C.M., Frank, L.D., Saelens, B.E., Glanz, K., King, A.C. (in press). 15-item streetscape audit suitable for use by community groups: MAPS-Mini. Preventing Chronic Disease, .
- Millstein, R.A., Cain, K.L., Sallis, J.F., Conway, T.L., Geremia, C., Frank, L.D., Chapman, J., Van Dyck, D., Amberg, L., Kerr, J., Glanz, K., Saelens, B.E. (in press). Development, scoring, and reliability of the Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes. BMC Public Health, .