Lawrence W. Green, DrPH

Lawrence W. Green, DrPH

Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF; and UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Box 0981, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0981

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Research Summary

Before joining the University of California, San Francisco in 2005, Professor Green was Director of the Office of Science and Extramural Research for CDC. He has been on the full-time public health and medical faculties at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Texas, and the University of British Columbia. He was the first Director of the federal Office of Health Promotion under the Carter Administration, and a Vice President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He has published broadly on program planning, evidence and evaluation issues in health services, public health, and policy. His awards include the highest distinctions of the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Health Behavior, the Society for Public Health Education, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo, and election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.


University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1962, public health, social sciences and biological sciences
University of California, Berkeley, M.P.H., 1966
University of California, Berkeley, Dr.P.H. 1968, public health education, minors in demography and psychometrics

Professional Experience

  • 1962
    Commissioned Officer, Student Training and Extern Program, US Public Health Service
  • 1963
    Student Professional Assistant, California State Department of Public Health, Berkeley, CA
  • 1963
    Field Training for M.P.H., Contra Costa County Health Department, Martinez, CA
  • 1963-1965
    Ford Foundation Project Associate, University of California Public Health Education Research Project (East Pakistan Research and Evaluation Centre), Dacca (now Dhaka, Bangladesh), and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • 1968-1970
    Lecturer in Public Health and Coordinator, Doctoral Research Training in Public Health Education, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.
  • 1970-1972
    Assistant Professor of Public Health Administration and Population Dynamics, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 1972-1977
    Assistant Dean; founding Head, Division of Health Education; Associate Professor of Health Services Administration, Population Dynamics, and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University.
  • 1977-1979
    Professor of Health Services Administration, Population Dynamics and Behavioral Sciences, School of Hygiene and Public Health, and of Oncology, School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University. Head, Division of Health Education;
  • 1979-1981
    Director, U.S. Office of Health Information, Health Promotion and Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine (now Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (Surgeon General of the Public Health Service), Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
  • 1981-1982
    Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University, Division of Health Policy Research and Education (Department of Social Medicine and Health Policy, Harvard Medical School; and Department of Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health).
  • 1981-1988
    Director, Center for Health Promotion Research and Development (a World Health Organization Collaborating Center), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Professor, Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine, Medical School. Professor of Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
  • 1988-1991
    Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Director of the Health Promotion Programs.
  • 1991
    Visiting Research Social Scientist, Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco. CA.
  • 1991-1999
    Director, Institute of Health Promotion Research, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Professor and Head, Division of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • 1999-2001
    Distinguished Fellow/Visiting Scientist, Office on Smoking and Health, and Director, WHO-CDC Collaborating Center on Global Tobacco Control, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, GA
  • 2001-2004
    Director, Office of Science & Extramural Research; Associate Director for Prevention Research and Academic Partnerships, Public Health Practice Program Office, Distinguished Fellow/Visiting Scientist, CDC, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2004-2005
    Visiting Professor, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.
  • 2005-
    Adjunct Professor, UCSF Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Population Sciences, University of California at San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • (selected since 1990)
  • 1990
    Tribute of friends and donors, establishing the Lawrence W. Green Scholarship Award at the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley
  • 1991
    Doyen Jacques Perisot Medal (for body of writing on research and practice), International Union for Health Promotion and Education (Paris)
  • 1994
    Alumnus of the Year Award, University of California School of Public Health, Berkeley
  • 1994
    American Public Health Association 1994 Award for Excellence ("for exceptionally meritorious contributions to the improvement of the health of the people ... creative work of particular effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge or innovative organizational work to the betterment of public health.")
  • 1994
    University of British Columbia Killam Faculty Research Prize ($10,000)
  • 1995
    Lansdowne Lecturer, University of Victoria
  • 1996
    University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor's Best Practices Research Scholar Award, Faculty of Medicine
  • 1997
    John P. McGovern Award, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
  • 1997
    Health Promotion and Education Advocacy Award "For his advocacy to furtherthe science of evaluation for health promotion and disease prevention," Centers for Disease Control and the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education.
  • 1998
    Healthtrac (Fries) Foundation Public Health Education Prize for 1998 ($25,000).
  • 2000
    Elected Fellow and Recipient of First Scholar Laureate Award, American Academy of Health Behavior
  • 2001
    Special Service Award, CDC, for "outstanding leadership as Acting Director of the Office on Smoking and Health"
  • 2002
    Health Education Hall of Fame Award, Philadelphia.
  • 2004-
    Honorario Presidente, Fundacin para Educacin de Salud, Madrid, Spain..
  • 2004-
    Tribute of Society for Public Health Education, naming the award for the annual best paper in the journal, Health Education and Behavior, the Lawrence W. Green Award, from November 2004.
  • 2004
    Mayhew Derryberry Award for Behavioral and Social Science Contributions to Health Education, American Public Health Association Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section
  • 2006
    Honorary Doctor of Science degree conferred by University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 2009
    Elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academies
  • 2016
    Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health

Selected Publications

  1. Green LW, Ottoson JM. Howard Wesley Ennes, Jr., MPH (1917-2015). Health Educ Behav. 2016 Dec; 43(6):726.
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  2. Green LW, Green LA, Portnoy B, Fisher RS, Ashbury FD. Donald Iverson, PhD DSc(Hon) (1946-2016). Support Care Cancer. 2016 Sep; 24(9):3679-80.
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  3. Green LW. Annette Le Meitour-Kaplun (1924-2015). Health Educ Behav. 2016 Jun; 43(3):358.
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  4. Livingood WC, Allegrante JP, Green LW. Culture Change From Tobacco Accommodation to Intolerance: Time to Connect the Dots. Health Educ Behav. 2016 Apr; 43(2):133-8.
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  5. Green LW. Reflections on Government Service Rotations by an Academic Health Education Professional. Health Educ Behav. 2016 Feb; 43(1):11-6.
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  6. Green LW, Brownson RC, Fielding JE. Introduction. Annu Rev Public Health. 2016; 37:1 p preceding 1.
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  7. Fielding JE, Rimer BK, Johnson RL, Orleans CT, Calonge N, Clymer JM, Glanz K, Goetzel RZ, Green LW, Ramirez G, Pronk NP. Recommendation to Reduce Patients' Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medication Costs. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015; 12:E209.
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  8. Jagosh J, Bush PL, Salsberg J, Macaulay AC, Greenhalgh T, Wong G, Cargo M, Green LW, Herbert CP, Pluye P. A realist evaluation of community-based participatory research: partnership synergy, trust building and related ripple effects. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15:725.
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  9. Golden SD, McLeroy KR, Green LW, Earp JA, Lieberman LD. Upending the social ecological model to guide health promotion efforts toward policy and environmental change. Health Educ Behav. 2015 Apr; 42(1 Suppl):8S-14S.
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  10. Gielen AC, Green LW. The impact of policy, environmental, and educational interventions: a synthesis of the evidence from two public health success stories. Health Educ Behav. 2015 Apr; 42(1 Suppl):20S-34S.
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  11. Green L, Terry PE. “What’s past is prologue”: views from Dr. Lawrence Green. Am J Health Promot. 2015 Jan-Feb; 29(3):TAHP2-8.
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  12. Robinson MN, Tansil KA, Elder RW, Soler RE, Labre MP, Mercer SL, Eroglu D, Baur C, Lyon-Daniel K, Fridinger F, Sokler LA, Green LW, Miller T, Dearing JW, Evans WD, Snyder LB, Kasisomayajula Viswanath K, Beistle DM, Chervin DD, Bernhardt JM, Rimer BK. Mass media health communication campaigns combined with health-related product distribution: a community guide systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Sep; 47(3):360-71.
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  13. Green LW. Closing the chasm between research and practice: evidence of and for change. Health Promot J Austr. 2014 Apr; 25(1):25-9.
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  14. Jagosh J, Pluye P, Wong G, Cargo M, Salsberg J, Bush PL, Herbert CP, Green LW, Greenhalgh T, Macaulay AC. Critical reflections on realist review: insights from customizing the methodology to the needs of participatory research assessment. Res Synth Methods. 2014 Jun; 5(2):131-41.
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  15. Kokko S, Green LW, Kannas L. A review of settings-based health promotion with applications to sports clubs. Health Promot Int. 2014 Sep; 29(3):494-509.
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  16. Chatterji M, Green LW, Kumanyika S. L.E.A.D.: a framework for evidence gathering and use for the prevention of obesity and other complex public health problems. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Feb; 41(1):85-99.
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  17. Melvin CL, Corbie-Smith G, Kumanyika SK, Pratt CA, Nelson C, Walker ER, Ammerman A, Ayala GX, Best LG, Cherrington AL, Economos CD, Green LW, Harman J, Hooker SP, Murray DM, Perri MG, Ricketts TC. Developing a research agenda for cardiovascular disease prevention in high-risk rural communities. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun; 103(6):1011-21.
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  18. Potter MB, Ackerson LM, Gomez V, Walsh JM, Green LW, Levin TR, Somkin CP. Effectiveness and reach of the FLU-FIT program in an integrated health care system: a multisite randomized trial. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun; 103(6):1128-33.
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  19. Ottoson JM, Ramirez AG, Green LW, Gallion KJ. Exploring potential research contributions to policy: the Salud America! Experience. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Mar; 44(3 Suppl 3):S282-9.
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  20. Meissner HI, Glasgow RE, Vinson CA, Chambers D, Brownson RC, Green LW, Ammerman AS, Weiner BJ, Mittman B. The U.S. training institute for dissemination and implementation research in health. Implement Sci. 2013; 8:12.
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