Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

Office Location801, Blockley Hall
Office Phone215-898-0613

Faculty Information

CCEB AppointmentSenior Scholar, Epidemiology
Primary Faculty AppointmentGeorge A. Weiss University Professor; Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman SOM
Other Penn AppointmentProfessor, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Additional Positions

Member, Abramson Cancer Center (ACC)
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI)
Member, Institute of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (IDOM) and Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center (DERC)
Member, Skin Diseases Research Core, U Penn Skin Diseases Research Core Center
Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Research Statement

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing and Director of the new Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

She was formerly (2004-2009) Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar; and Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. From 1993 to 2004, she was Professor and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at the Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i at the University of Hawai'i. From 1979 to 1993 she was a Professor in the Departments of Health Education and Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Glanz received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.

Her research, funded for over $25 million over the past 15 years, focuses on cancer prevention and control, theories of health behavior, obesity and the built environment, social and health policy, and new health communication technologies. She is currently conducting research on skin cancer prevention, nutrition and chronic disease prevention, compliance with glaucoma medications and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Glanz and her team are committed to conducting scientific research with promising short-and long-term application to improved community health, health care, and public health services. Dr. Glanz has been recognized with several national awards, and was the 2007 recipient of the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award from the James and Sarah Fries Foundation. She is a member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, a federally-appointed task force that oversees the Community Guide evidence reviews. Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 300 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. 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 recently published in its fourth edition. She was recognized in 2006 as a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.

Selected Publications

Glanz K, Bishop D. The role of behavioral science theory in development and implementation of public health interventions. Annu Rev Public Health 31: 399-418, 2010.

Glanz K, Schoenfeld ER, Steffen A. Randomized trial of tailored skin cancer prevention messages for adults: Project SCAPE. Amer J Public Health 100(4): 735-741, 2010. PMCID: PMC2836338

Glanz K,
Gies P, O'Riordan DL, Elliott T, Nehl E, McCarty F, Davis E. Validity of self-reported solar UVR exposure compared to objectively measured UVR exposure. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 2010, 19:3005-3012.

Rabin BA, Nehl E, Elliott T, Deshpande AD, Brownson RC, Glanz K. Individual and setting level predictors of the implementation of a skin cancer prevention program: a multilevel analysis. Implementation Science, 5:40, 2010; doi:10.1186/1748-5908-5-40. PMCID: PMC2901365

Hermstad AK, Swan DW, Kegler MC, Barnette JK, Glanz K. Individual and environmental correlates of dietary fat intake in rural communities: A structural equation model analysis. Social Science and Medicine, 71: 93-101, 2010

Lewis C, Pignone M, Schild LA, Scott T, Winquist A, Rimer BK, Glanz K. Effectiveness of a patient and practice-level colorectal cancer screening intervention in health plan members: Design and baseline findings of the CHOICE Trial. Cancer, 116(7): 1164-1173, 2010

Stryker JE, Beck AD, Primo SA, Echt KV, Bundy L, Pretorius GC, Glanz K. An Exploratory Study of Factors Influencing Glaucoma Treatment Adherence. Journal of Glaucoma, 19: 66-72, 2010

Stefanek ME, Andrykowski MA, Lerman C, Manne S, Glanz K. Behavioral oncology and the war on cancer: Partnering with biomedicine. Cancer Research, 69: 7151-7156, 2009

Pignone M, Scott TL, Schild LA, Lewis C, Vazquez R, Glanz K. The yield of claims data and surveys for determining colon cancer screening among health plan members. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 18(3): 726-731, 2009.

Gies P, Glanz K, O'Riordan D, Elliott T, Nehl E. Measured occupational solar UVR exposures of lifeguards in pool settings. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 52(8): 645-653, 2009.

Elliott T, Nehl E, Glanz K. A controlled trial of objective measures of sunscreen and moisturizing lotion. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 18(5), 1399-1402, 2009.

Glanz K, McCarty F, Nehl EJ, O'Riordan DL, Gies P, Bundy L, Locke AE, Hall DM. Validity of Self-Reported Sunscreen Use by Parents, Children and Lifeguards. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36: 63-69, 2009.

O'Riordan DL, Nehl E, Gies P, Bundy L, Burgess K, Davis E, Glanz K. Validity of covering-up sun protection habits: Association of observations and self-report. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 60(5): 739-744, 2009.

Painter JE, Borba CP, Hynes M, Mays D, Glanz K. The use of theory in health behavior research from 2000 to 2005: A systematic review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2008; 35: 358-362.

Story M, Kaphingst K, Robinson-O'Brien R, Glanz K. Creating healthy food and eating environments: Policy and environmental approaches. Annual Review of Public Health, 2008; 29: 253-272.

Glanz K, Resnicow K, Seymour J, Hoy K, Stewart H, Lyons M, Goldberg J. How major restaurant chains plan their menus: The role of profit, demand, and health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32: 383-388, 2007.

Glanz K, Steffen AD, Taglialatela LA. Effects of colon cancer risk counseling for first-degree relatives. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 16: 1485-1491, 2007.

Glanz K, Sallis JF, Saelens BE, Frank LD. Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in Stores (NEMS-S): Development and evaluation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32: 282-289, 2007.

Glanz K, Rimer BK, Viswanath V (Eds.). Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, Fourth Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2008.

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