Karen Glanz

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

  • Titles:
  • George A. Weiss University Professor
  • Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, PSOM
  • Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
  • Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Education:
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Education
  • University of Michigan, M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Spanish/Humanities

Karen Glanz is the George A. Weiss University Professor, and Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).  She is Program Co-Leader for the Cancer Control Program, at the Abramson Cancer Center at UPenn, where she was Associate Director for community-Engaged Research from 2019 to 2022.  Her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, skin cancer prevention; and the built environment; reducing health disparities; dissemination and implementation science; and health communication technologies. 

Glanz has published over 550 articles and chapters and is lead Editor on five editions of the widely used text, Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice (Jossey-Bass: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2015).  She was named by Clarivate (formerly ISI) as a Highly Cited Researcher (among the top 1% most cited in her subject field) since 2016; named among The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2015; and rated as a Best Female Scientist in 2022 by Research.com. Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013. 

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