Lawrence W. Green
Feb 2010 Keynote Speaker at American Academy of Health Behavior
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|Professor, Department of Epidemiology and
Biostatistics, School of Medicine; Faculty member of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education; the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center—Population Sciences and Disparities
Programs, University of California at San Francisco; and Community Engagement Program of the Clinical Translational Science Institute of
UCSF and of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program of UCSF and UC Berkeley,
Health & Society Visiting Professor, University
of Maryland, School of Public Health, College Park,
Dec 2004-June 2005.
Visiting Professor, University of California at
Berkeley, School of Public Health, 2004-2005.
Director, Office of Science &
Extramural Research, Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2001-2004.
Visiting Professor, Dept of Behavioral Sciences
& Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University,
Acting Director, Office on Smoking and
Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health
Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001.
Distinguished Fellow/Visiting Scientist
(1999-2004), Director, CDC-World Health Organization Collaborating
Center on Global Tobacco Control, CDC, 1999-2001.
Director, Institute of Health Promotion
Research, Faculty of Graduate Studies; Professor, Department of Health Care &
Faculty of Medicine, and
Head, Division of Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine,
University of British Columbia, 1991-1999.
Vice President and Director, National Health Promotion Program, Henry
J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 1988-91.
Professor and (founding) Director, Center for Health Promotion & Prevention
Research, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,
Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University, 1981-82.
Director, Office of Health Information and Health Promotion (now
Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion), U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services, 1979-81.
Assistant Professor to Professor and (founding) Head, Division of Health
Education, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health,
Lecturer and Doctoral Program Coordinator, School of Public Health,
University of California at Berkeley, 1968-70.
Ford Foundation Project Associate, University of California Family
Planning Research and Development Project, Dhaka, East Pakistan (now
Lawrence W. Green
University of California at San Francisco
Professor, Dept of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Medicine
& Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
& Center for Tobacco Research & Education
web: www.lgreen.net, www.epi.ucsf.edu
Recently Visiting Professor University of Maryland and at UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Recently retired from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overseeing, with a staff of ten, a grant program that has
introduced investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed, community-based
participatory research projects to the extramural grants programs of CDC
under a line-item authorization for prevention research from Congress in the
CDC budget. Also co-chaired one of four Workgroups for the CDC-wide Strategic
Development Initiative. This Workgroup on Public Health Research
recommended the strategic directions for CDC's next decade of research
priorities and approaches (see Gerberding J, JAMA, Sept 21, 2005).
As of May 2005, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and
Biostatistics, University of California at San
Francisco and Co-Director, Program on Society, Diversity, and Disparities,
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Following retiring from CDC and completing the 4th edition of Health Program Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach (McGraw-Hill, 2005) with Marshall W. Kreuter, I co-chaired two CDC-sponsored national panels, one to recommend a research agenda of randomized and other controlled trials on the PolyPill, which appeared in Annals of Internal Medicine; and a national expert panel on primary prevention of diabetes. My appointment as Professor at UCSF involved developing and co-leading the Program in Society, Diversity and Disparities for the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center;
served on Board of Directors for Community-Campus Partnerships, Health Promotion Advocates,
the North American Quitline Consortium, and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Served on national committees and consultations to develop and strengthen practice-based evidence, as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program and the Prescription for Health Research Program of practice-based research networks, and as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Bridging the Gap in Obesity Prevention: A Framework to Inform Decision Making. Co-PI with Judith Ottoson and Bill Beery on a grant from RWJF through the Group Health Community Foundation to evaluate the national Active Living Research program of RWJF. With Dr. Shawna Mercer, completed a validity and reliability assessment of the Guidelines for Participatory Research. Appointed Associate Editor of Annual Reviews of Public Health, and continued as an editorial board member on 10 other journals. Also served as Vice-Chair of the California Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program.
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Following completion of the 4th edition of Health Program Planning: An
Educational and Ecological Approach (McGraw-Hill, 2005) with Marshall W.
Kreuter, I co-chaired an IOM committee on Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress, with a 450-page report published in 2013 and a series of presentations of the report at annual meetings of APHA in Boston, the American Academy of Health Behavior in Charleston, the Active Living Research Conference in San Diego, the Ontario Healthy Children Forum: Applying Evidence to Local Action for Healthy Weights in Toronto, the Art & Science of Health Promotion conference in Colorado Springs. I was appointed by the Governor of California to serve on the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, now in my second term. My continued work at UCSF includes mentoring PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and young faculty on their research, and serving as a co-investigator on research grants in which dissemination and implementation issues of science-to-practice problems are central. I serve on an NIH-VA core faculty for an annual training program on dissemination and implementation research, and on the Community Preventive Services Task Force and other national committees and consultations to develop and strengthen practice-based evidence as a complement to evidence-based practices derived from systematic reviews of highly controlled but often unrepresentative trials.
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Before going to CDC as a Distinguished Fellow/Visiting Scientist in
1999, Lawrence W. Green, Dr.P.H., was Director of the Institute of Health Promotion Research
in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Professor of Health Care and Epidemiology in the
Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where he also headed the Division
of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion. Dr. Green received his degrees in public
health at the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a health educator in
local, state and federal health agencies in California and for the Ford Foundation in
Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and served as the first Director of the U.S. Office
of Health Information and Health Promotion. He has served on the public health faculties
at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Texas and most recently as the Kaiser Family
Foundation's Vice President and Director of its national Health Promotion Program which
received the Foundation Award of the National Association of Prevention Professionals.
During 9 years at Johns Hopkins University he served as Assistant Dean, Director of
Health Education Studies for the Health Services Research Center and for the Oncology
Center, and rose from Assistant Professor to Professor and founding Head of the Division of Health
Education between 1970 and 1978. Three of the articles he published in that decade were
the first, second and seventh most frequently cited articles in the health education
literature between 1969 and 1981. His first publication of the PRECEDE model in 1974 has
since led to some 970 published studies, applications and commentaries on the model in the
professional and scientific literature. He received the Distinguished Career Award of the
American Public Health Association during this period.
Dr. Green served the Carter Administration from 1979 as first Director of the Office of
Health Information, Health Promotion, Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine (now the Office
of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion). That office, under the Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Health and Assistant Surgeon General, Michael McGinnis, coordinated
the first Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
(1979) and the 1990 Objectives for the Nation (the first decade of the Healthy
People series, 1981). His office also established the National Health Information
Clearinghouse, and a variety of national surveys, campaigns, and federal research and
demonstration programs in disease prevention and health promotion. On leaving the
government, he spent a year as Visiting Lecturer in Health Policy at the Harvard Center
for Health Policy Education and Research, and in the Harvard Schools of
Medicine and Public Health. During this period he prepared the Background
Document for the Technical Discussions of the 36th World Health Assembly on new policies
in health education.
At the University of Texas from 1982 to 1988 he was founding Director of the Center for
Health Promotion Research and Development (now Center for Health Promotion
and Prevention Research), professor in the Department of Family Practice
and Community Medicine in the Medical School and professor of Behavioral Sciences and
Community Health in the School of Public Health. During his tenure at Texas he also helped
establish the Southwest Center for Prevention Research, served as its co-director, and as
Associate Director of the Institute for Health Policy Education and Research. During this
period he received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Society for Public Health
Education; the Presidential Citation, Scholar Award and Distinguished Service Award of the
Association for the Advancement of Health Education; and Honorary Fellow of the American
School Health Association. He was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of
Behavioral Medicine Research and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
As Vice President and Director of the National Health Promotion Program
of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation from 1988-1991, he and his staff
community development strategy for grant making called the Social
Reconnaissance method. Elements of this were adopted by other foundations after it was
featured in Foundation News (Williams RM, Rx: social reconnaissance, 31(4): 24-9)
and won the Foundation Award of the Association of Prevention Professionals. A national
media campaign organized by his staff, called Project LEAN (Low-fat Eating for America
Now), won two Addy awards and helped launch many of the industry-professional
collaborations that have contributed to the reduction of dietary fat in the American food
His other recent honors include a HealthTrac Foundation Award in 1998; the Award of
Excellence, one of the two highest honors of the American Public Health Association; the
Jacques Perisot Medal of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education for
his body of work; the Alumnus of the Year Award of the University of California School of
Public Health; an Endowed Professorship and the Killam Research Prize of
the University of British Columbia, the Advocacy Award of the Association
of State and Territorial Officers of Public Health Education and Health
Promotion, the International Award of the Victoria Health Promotion Foundation
in Australia, the first Research Laureate Award of the American
Academy of Health Behavior, and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from
the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has presented named university lectures at
Ball State, British Columbia, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Emory, Ohio State,
Texas, Texas A&M, Victoria, and the Vice-Chancellor's Best Practices Research Scholar
Award Lecture at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is the author of some 300
chapters, monographs and articles (three of which received prizes). Four of his books have
been widely adopted as college texts. Community and Population Health with Judith
Ottoson (McGraw- Hill) is in its 8th edition.
Linking Research and Practice, co-edited with Michael Stoto and Linda Bailey
(National Academy Press) appeared in January 1998. The 4th edition of
Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach with Marshall Kreuter
appeared in 2005 (McGraw-Hill). Settings in Health Promotion (Sage) co-edited with
Blake Poland and Irving Rootman was published in 2000. Green is on the Editorial Boards of 12 journals in the
health sciences, and past president of the national Society for Public Health Education.
Dr. Green has served on the first U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,
the U.S. National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the Carnegie Commission on
Adolescent Development, and chaired the National Research Council's Committee on Drug
Abuse Prevention Research and the Institute of Medicine's Committee on review of
Prevention Research Centers for the National Academies of Science. He directed a study of
Participatory Research in Health Promotion for the Royal Society of Canada in 1993-94. He
chaired the first peer review Panel on Community and Health Services Research for the
National Cancer Institute of Canada from 1993-96. This year the National Academy of
Sciences published the report of a workshop he co-edited for the Institute of Medicine on
Engaging the Public in the Clinical Research Enterprise; and the
National Institutes of Health published the proceedings of a conference on
Translating Research for Obesity and Diabetes Control which he
co-chaired and co-edited.
See also, profile and interview in the American
Journal of Health Behavior.
and Professional Interests
Basketball, tenor guitar/baritone ukulele, chess, Scrabble, cross-word puzzles, gardening, Bay
Area urban hiking, biographies, wine tasting, humor writing. Retired from
CDC in 2004 and with his wife, Dr. Judith M. Ottoson, moved to their home in San Francisco.
Larry's main claim to fame is his uncle, Fred "Tex" Winter
(Winter is the W. in Larry's middle name), who coached many championship
college teams and was Assistant Coach for the 5 titles of the Chicago
Bulls and 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers. Most
recent interview of Tex Winter.
Public health and health promotion policy and planning, public health education, applied social and behavioral sciences in health and community development, linking research and practice,
program evaluation, participatory research, population health, social
medical sociology, health psychology, dissemination, translation and implementation of policy and research in practice.
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