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Ken Resnicow, PhD

Associate Director, Community Engagement and Health Disparities Research, University of Michigan Cancer Center

Professor, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, U-M Medical School

Irwin Rosenstock Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health




Dr. Ken Resnicow, PhD is the Irwin Rosenstock Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at University of Michigan School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. He is the Associate Director for Community Engagement and Health Disparities Research at the University of Michigan Cancer Center and Chief Scientific Lead at the University’s Center for Health Communications Research. His work focuses on designing and evaluating behavior change programs for a wide range of health behaviors including substance use. In recent years, his work has included individual-level tailoring and the use of technology to delivery health messages. He has also worked on several studies using community health workers, including current work in Cape Town South Africa, Cluj Romania, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and non-professionals to deliver brief behavior change counseling. Much of his work, both interpersonal and electronic, has used Motivational Interviewing and is influenced by Chaos Theory and Self-Determination Theory. Dr. Resnicow has published over 290 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has served on numerous advisory panels and review groups.

Research Interests

Dr. Resnicow's research interests include: the design and evaluation of health promotion programs for special populations; understanding the relationship between ethnicity and health behaviors; substance use prevention and harm reduction.