Title: President, HealthPartners Institute; chief science officer, HealthPartners
- Adjunct professor for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
- Co-chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (DHHS)
- Member of the Food and Nutrition Board at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
- Chair, Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at the National Academy of Medicine
- Founding and past-president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion
Joined the Institute: 1994
Education and training: PhD, exercise physiology, Texas A&M University; postdoctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.
Overview/research interests: Health behavior change; population health and well-being; the role of multi-level and multi-component interventions on population health and well-being outcomes; the relationship between physical activity and health, obesity and other modifiable risk factors; and research related to the worksite setting. He is particularly interested in the role of business and industry in improving population health and well-being, the integration of health promotion with occupational safety and health, and the integration of health promotion, behavioral health, and primary care.
Current research activities and funding:
- Effectiveness of interventions that integrate health promotion and occupational safety and health
- The role of business engagement in community health and well-being
- The impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior on employee performance and productivity
- The application of systems science in health policy
- The impact of health reporting on corporate market performance
- Summary measures of health and well-being