Amy Eyler


Associate Professor, Brown School

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Amy Eyler conducts research to advance the study of policies related to physical activity and obesity, as well as broader policy issues in public health. In addition to serving as deputy director of the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, she co-directs the Policies for Action Child Health Weight Hub.

This research hub is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to identify policies, laws, and regulations to build a culture of health, focusing on the implementation of nutrition and physical activity policies. Her involvement in these studies informs teaching in “Research Methods” and “Cross-Cutting Themes” in the Master of Public Health program.

Eyler is a well-published author and presenter. Her work has been featured in the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and the Journal of Public Health Practice and Management. She is the lead editor of the 2016 book, “Prevention, Policy, and Public Health.”

Eyler is the assistant dean for public health and has served as the chair of the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section. She is also a senior associate editor for Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Stories

Analyzing the syllabi gender gap

Analyzing the syllabi gender gap

Female authors are underrepresented as sole and first authors and as members of authorship teams in readings for undergraduate college courses, finds a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Building a healthy workspace

Building a healthy workspace

A team of Washington University in St. Louis researchers designed a study — and made a toolkit available to the public — to measure the effects that a deliberately designed environment can have on physical activity, the environment and collaboration.
Time to step it up, America

Time to step it up, America

The United States earns failing grades when it comes to the number of people walking to work and school and the number of walkable communities, finds a new national report. Amy Eyler, associate professor at the Brown School, serves on the advisory panel for the National Walking and Walkable Communities Report Card, released Sept. 14.
Brown School’s Hillman Hall a ‘healthy’ building

Brown School’s Hillman Hall a ‘healthy’ building

Exercise. Eat right. Make time to relax. Most of us know what it takes to keep our bodies healthy. But what makes a building healthy? Amy Eyler, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, wants to find out. Using the Brown School’s new Hillman Hall as a laboratory, Eyler […]
Listening to the land​

Listening to the land​

​Victims of chronic flooding, dozens of homes in Baden neighborhood will be demolished this summer. But a team of Washington University in St. Louis researchers, together with the City of St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Missouri Department of Conservation, are determined to help the community create something better in the neighborhood.​

Open Streets initiatives benefit physical, social health of communities

Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic, so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. Although the movement is gaining popularity in the United States — more than 100 different cities have hosted Open Streets events since 2008 — little is known about planning and implementing them. Brown School researchers Amy Eyler, PhD, and J. Aaron Hipp, PhD, explore the development and implementation of Open Streets initiatives and make recommendations for increasing the capacity of organizers to enhance their success.

Books

Physical Activity and Public Health Practice

Physical Activity and Public Health Practice

Presented from both a research and a practice perspective while discussing the best available research, this book provides the basis for planning and implementing physical activity programs that work and can build healthier communities. This hands-on text incorporates learning objectives, real-world examples, case studies, and bulleted lists whenever possible so that the content can be […]