Senior Advisor of the KU Center for Community Health and Development
Co-Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
Kansas Health Foundation and University Emeritus Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Development
Background and Professional Interests:
Dr. Stephen B. Fawcett is Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Professor of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. He is also Senior Advisor of the KU Center for Community Health and Development, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. In his work, he uses behavioral science and community development methods to help understand and improve conditions that affect health and social concerns. A former VISTA volunteer, he worked as a community organizer in public housing and low-income neighborhoods. Dr. Fawcett has been honored as a Fellow in both Division 27 (Community Psychology) and Division 25 (Experimental Analysis of Behavior) of the American Psychological Association. He received the Distinguished Practice Award of the Society for Community Research and Action and the Higuchi/Endowment Award for Applied Sciences. He is co-author of nearly 200 articles and book chapters and several books in the areas of health promotion and community-based research and intervention. He is co-developer of the Community Tool Box, a widely used Internet-based resource for promoting community health and development. A former Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, he currently serves as a member of the IOM’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. Dr. Fawcett has been a consultant to a number of private foundations, state and community partnerships, and national and international organizations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a visiting scholar at the World Health Organization in 2007, he consulted on methods for supporting and evaluating population health efforts with WHO staff in health promotion, violence prevention, HIV/AIDS, and health equity.
Current Center Projects:
Dr. Fawcett serves as an advisor for most KU Center for Community Health and Development projects. This includes:
- Research into factors that affect community health and development,
- undergraduate teaching in community leadership,
- graduate training in behavioral science, applied research, and community health and development,and
- public service and consultation with community organizations, collaborative partnerships, state health departments, and foundations and other grantmakers.