Social and Behavioral Theories

12. Author Biography

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She came to Penn in 2009 after professorships at Emory University, the University of Hawaii, and Temple University. With MPH and PhD degrees in health behavior and health education, Dr. Glanz’s research has integrated public health and social and behavioral science theories and methods, with applications to cancer prevention and control; obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; chronic disease prevention and control and health communication technologies. The recipient of several awards for her interventions and research contributions, she has received grant funding of over $30 million and her scholarly contributions include more than 300 publications. Karen Glanz is senior editor of Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jossey-Bass Inc., 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008), a widely used text that has been translated into several languages and recently published in its fourth edition; and lead author of the monograph Theory at a Glance: A Guide to Health Promotion Practice (NCI, 1995 & 2005). She was designated a Highly Cited Author by, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.