Brownson named president-elect of American College of Epidemiology

Ross C. Brownson, PhD, professor of medicine and of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named president-elect of the American College of Epidemiology.

He will serve in the position for one year before becoming president.

The American College of Epidemiology serves the interests of the profession and its members through scientific meetings, publications and educational activities, recognition of outstanding contributions to the field and support for issues relevant to epidemiology.


Brownson is a leading expert in chronic disease prevention and applied epidemiology. He studies how to increase adoption of evidence-based practices in public health settings.

He also is co-director of the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, jointly led by Washington University and Saint Louis University. This center, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, develops approaches to prevent chronic disease in high-risk communities such as inner cities and rural areas.

Additionally, he leads a number of other research and training projects funded by federal and foundation sources, including the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Before joining Washington University in 2008, Brownson served as chair of the Department of Community Health in the School of Public Health at Saint Louis University.

Brownson is an associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and on the editorial board of five other journals. He also serves on the board of the American College of Epidemiology.

Brownson is the author of several books, including Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control; Applied Epidemiology; Evidence-Based Public Health; and Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice.