Ross Brownson, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator & Co-Center Director


Dr. Brownson is the Lipstein Professor of Public Health at the Brown School and the School of Medicine at Washington University. He leads the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis and is a long-serving member of the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University. Dr. Brownson is a foremost expert in implementation science, conducting a series of ongoing studies on approaches for understanding and enhancing evidence-based public health;measurement of key constructs in implementation science; addressing cancer risk in rural communities; and designing for dissemination. With Dr. Colditz, Dr. Brownson published the first comprehensive text on dissemination and implementation research (now in its 2nd edition). He is currently leading NIH-funded implementation studies: mis-implementation in state-level cancer prevention and control (R01CA214530) and understanding and promoting physical activity in rural communities experiencing disparities (R01CA211323). Dr. Brownson is the director of the NCI R25 training program: Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (R25CA171994), which developed an innovative training program for post-doctoral scholars. He is also a founding faculty member of the NIH-sponsored Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.