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  • Sarah Bobmeyer
    Associate Director, Brown School Evaluation Center and Liaison with CPHSS

    Sarah is the Associate Director of the Brown School Evaluation Center and Liaison with CPHSS. In her role as the Evaluation Center Associate Director, Sarah provides leadership, strategy, and operational oversight for the Center. She manages the Center’s daily operations, supervises and mentors Center team members, leads evaluation projects and proposal development, helps identify and develop internal and external partnerships, and assists the Director in implementing and monitoring the Center’s strategic plan. In her role as Liaison with CPHSS, Sarah leads several evaluation projects and identifies and facilitates opportunities for the two centers to collaborate by sharing expertise and personnel to meet the needs of specific projects.


    ​BS, Health Science, Truman State University, 2006
    MPH, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, 2008

  • Ross Brownson
    Professor, WUSTL

    A leading expert in chronic disease prevention, applied epidemiology, and evidence-based public health, Dr. Brownson co-directs the Prevention Research Center of St. Louis (PRC). The PRC is a CDC-funded center led jointly by Washington University and Saint Louis University, which develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention. He leads a large number of other major research and training projects funded by a broad array of federal and foundation sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.​


    BA, Cellular Biology & Chemistry, University of Montana, 1979
    PhD, Environmental Health & Epidemiology, Colorado State University, 1985​

  • Amar Dhand
    Assistant Professor of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Dr. Amar Dhand is a neurologist and network scientist. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his DPhil from Oxford University. His graduate work with Professor Geoffrey Walford focused on peer learning among heroin users in New Delhi. He completed a medical internship, neurology residency, and fellowship at UCSF. He is currently Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School with a joint appointment at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

    Dr. Dhand is passionate about the impact of social networks on human disease. He combines expertise in clinical neurology and social sciences for this pursuit. His lab is investigating the impact of networks on neurological health. This includes the effect of social support networks and hospital networks on patient-oriented outcomes, and the use of new tools such as social sensors. His goal is to understand patients as individuals embedded in rich social webs, and to transform this understanding into interventions to improve lives.


    BA, Dartmouth College, 2001
    DPhil, Educational Studies, Oxford University, 2006
    MD, Harvard Medical School, 2008

  • Amy Eyler
    Research Associate Professor, WUSTL

    Dr. Eyler conducts research as part of the Prevention Research Center of St. Louis (PRC). She is the principal investigator and coordinator of the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN), integrating the work of 15 research sites studying the nature and extent of physical activity policy in a variety of settings. She is responsible for evaluation activities for core PRC projects and serves as collaborative investigator on cancer prevention and dissemination grant as she continues to procure external research funding.​


    BS, Community Health, Ohio University, 1987
    MS, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Ohio University, 1988
    PhD, Public Health, Oregon State University, 1998​

  • Patrick Fowler
    Associate Professor, WUSTL

    ​Patrick Fowler is an Associate Professor at the Brown School. His research aims to prevent family homelessness and its deleterious effects on healthy child development. Dr. Fowler applies prevention and systems science in evaluations that inform policies and programs serving inadequately housed and homeless families. Recent research focuses on cross-systems collaborations between child welfare, housing, and homeless services delivered through networks of community-based providers. Using rigorous and innovative methodologies, Dr. Fowler studies the efficiency and effectiveness of coordination of systems and services on the promotion of family stability and child well-being. His federally funded work has been supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Administration for Children and Families. Dr. Fowler joined the Brown School in 2013 and is a scholar in Washington University’s Institute for Public Health. He teaches courses in program evaluation, applied prevention science, and developmental psychopathology.


    ​​​BA, Psychology & Social Philosophy, Marquette University, 2001
    MA, Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, 2006
    PhD, Philosophy, Wayne State University, 2009

  • Daniel Gentry
    Professor, University of Memphis

    Dr. Gentry is the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy at the University of Memphis School of Public Health. His research and evaluation interests are focused on the financing, organization, and delivery of community-based prevention and care services; capacity building; prevention and care outcomes research; and health policy analysis. The majority of his funded projects over the past 12 years have focused on process and outcome evaluations of health policies or programs at the national, state, and local levels. ​


    MHA, Medical University of South Carolina, 1990
    PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1996​

  • Ross Hammond
    Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute

    ​Dr. Hammond is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he is director of the Center on Social Dynamics and Policy. He also serves as a Senior Scholar at Washington University’s Brown School. Dr. Hammond’s primary area of expertise is modeling complex dynamics in economic, social, and public health systems using mathematical and computational methods from complexity systems science. His current research topics include obesity etiology and prevention, food systems, tobacco control, behavioral epidemiology, crime, corruption, segregation, trust, and decision-making.


    ​BA, Williams College, 1999
    PhD, University of Michigan, 2006

  • Jenine Harris
    Assistant Professor, WUSTL

    Dr. Harris serves as an Assistant Professor teaching biostatistics courses in the public health program at the Brown School. Her primary research interests include network theory and analysis with a focus on understanding how networks can facilitate dissemination of evidence-based strategies among health departments. Prior to her faculty appointment Dr. Harris worked as an assistant professor in the Biostatistics Division of the Department of Community Health at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. She is a member of the International Network for Social Network Analysis.​


    BA, French Language & Literature, University of Oregon, 1993
    MA, Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon, 1996
    MAT, Teaching Math & Technology, Pacific University, 1997
    PhD, Public Health Studies/Biostatistics, Saint Louis University, 2008​

  • Lisa Henriksen
    Senior Research Scientist, Stanford Prevention Research Center

    ​Dr. Henriksen is Principal Investigator of several federal and state research grants about the retail environment for tobacco products and its contribution to racial and economic disparities that characterize tobacco use and tobacco-related disease.  She is also a senior editor of the international journal, Tobacco Control.  Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Henriksen served on the faculty at the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, where she earned the Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.


    ​BA, Stanford University, 1986
    PhD, Stanford University, 1994

  • Patricia L. Kohl
    Associate Professor, WUSTL

    ​Dr. Kohl is an Associate Professor at the Brown School. Her scholarship is focused on strengthening, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based interventions that improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable families. Through her research, which is informed by several years of clinical practice with children and families, she seeks to close the gap between research and community-based practice. Dr. Kohl’s intervention and implementation research is informed by analyses of large datasets to examine how characteristics of parents within the child welfare service system, such as substance abuse and mental illness, influence parenting behaviors, child emotional and behavioral health, and the safety of children.


    ​BBA, University of Cincinnati, 1987
    MSW, University of South Carolina, 1994
    PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

  • Ginger McKay
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    ​Ginger is a postdoctoral research fellow working with CPHSS and the Center for Mental Health Services Research.  She supports ongoing research projects within CPHSS that leverage agent-based modeling.  She also works to extend the application of agent-based modeling to a variety of research questions in public health, especially the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions.  Her interests include dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions, HIV prevention, sexual health, agent-based modeling, and mixed-methods approaches.


    BS, Anthropology and Psychology, College of Charleston, 200
    MA, Medical Anthropology, University of Memphis, 2010
    PhD, Public Health, Oregon State University, 2016

  • Sarah Moreland-Russell
    Assistant Professor of Practice

    Sarah currently serves as Principal Investigator on the Center's User Guide and Sustainability Project, funded by the CDC.

    ​Sarah is an Assistant Professor of Practice for the Brown School of Public Health and Social Work. She serves as a faculty advisor to the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, develops policy curricula, teaches several policy-related courses and continues an active research portfolio.

    Her research focuses on health policy analysis and evaluation, specifically regarding tobacco control and obesity prevention, organizational and systems science and evaluation, and dissemination and implementation of public health policies. Her work has made contributions to the need for local-level policy adoption, strategies for disseminating results for more effective implementation of evidence-based policy, and the evaluation of public health programs.

    Sarah recently finished an American Public Health Association fellowship in government, in which she served as a policy advisor for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington, D.C.


    ​BA, Biology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2001
    MPH, University of Kansas Medical Center, 2004
    PhD, Public Policy and Administration, Saint Louis University, 2011

  • Jason Q. Purnell
    Associate Professor, WUSTL

    ​Dr. Purnell is an Associate Professor at the Brown School and a Faculty Scholar in the Institute for Public Health. His research focuses on how socioeconomic and sociocultural factors influence cancer prevention and other health behaviors and whether combining asset accumulation with preventive health interventions (e.g., smoking cessation) increases preventive health behaviors in low-income populations. Dr. Purnell is lead investigator on For the Sake of All, a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary study focusing on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis. He also leads the Working Group on Asset Building/Financial Capability and Health, a transdisciplinary, academic-community collaboration established to explore financial intervention as a means of addressing health disparities.


    ​BA, Government and Philosophy, Harvard University, 1999
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, Ohio State University, 2007
    MPH, Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester, 2009

  • Kurt Ribisl
    Professor, University of North Carolina

    Dr. Ribisl’s primary research interests are in the areas of tobacco control policy and information technology. Specifically, he has studied tobacco industry marketing strategies in retail outlets, interventions to reduce youth access to tobacco, and portrayals of smoking on the World Wide Web. He has also examined whether Internet cigarette vendors are complying with tax reporting laws and whether they are taking adequate precautions to prevent illegal tobacco sales to minors. Dr. Ribisl has a joint appointment at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.​


    BA, Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1989
    MA, Ecological-Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1992
    PhD, Ecological-Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1995
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, 1997​

  • Rachel Tabak
    Research Assistant Professor, WUSTL

    Dr. Tabak is a Research Assistant Professor at the Brown School. Her work is focused in obesity prevention and community-based physical activity. With a strong background in nutrition, Dr. Tabak is involved with research studies looking at the evaluation and dissemination of policy and environmental interventions to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors in schools and communities. She also studies the effect of worksite policies and environments on worker health behaviors. Dr.Tabak’s research examines how key stakeholders, including researchers, advocates, and policymakers, affect the transformation of research evidence into policy.


    ​BS, Biology, Tufts University, 2005
    PhD, Nutrition Intervention and Policy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2010
    RD, Registered Dietician, Fontbonne University, 2013

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