Todd Combs

Todd Combs

Associate Director, Assistant Professor

Todd Combs is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Brown School’s Center for Public Health Systems Science. He oversees the Center’s research portfolio and focuses on expanding scientific and methodological capacities through identifying research opportunities, mentoring staff, and collaborating with the leadership team. His research interests include health and social policy, dissemination and implementation science, and systems science. Much of his research focuses on policies that affect the built environment to promote behavioral change.

He currently leads or works on several projects, including ASPiRE (Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment), which uses agent-based modeling to test the potential impact of retail tobacco policies, and the evaluation of the Washington University Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences, which focuses on the benefits of membership and collaboration in the large-scale research initiative. Todd also has years of graduate teaching experience in applied quantitative research methods for social science, social work, and public health.


  • BA, Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2002
  • MA, International Relations, Webster University, 2008
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2014