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Kelly Brownell

Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy

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Kelly Brownell


Kelly Brownell is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and is a professor of public policy. He serves on the board of directors of the Duke Global Health Institute. In 2006 Time magazine listed Brownell among "The World's 100 Most Influential People" in its special Time 100 issue featuring those ".. whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world." Brownell was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2006 and has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Graduate Mentoring Award from Yale, the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University, and the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Brownell was at Yale University where he was the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology, professor of epidemiology and public health, and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. While at Yale he served as chair of the department of psychology and as master of Silliman College.

Recent Publications

Brownell, KD, and Wadden, TA. "The Heterogeneity of Obesity: Fitting Treatments To Individuals — Republished Article." Behavior Therapy 47, no. 6 (November 2016): 950-965.

Gearhardt, AN, Corbin, WR, and Brownell, KD. "Development of the Yale Food Addiction Scale Version 2.0." Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 30, no. 1 (2016): 113-121.

Brownell, KD, and Roberto, CA. "Strategic science with policy impact." Lancet (London, England) 385, no. 9986 (June 2015): 2445-2446.

Roberto, CA, Swinburn, B, Hawkes, C, Huang, TT, Costa, SA, Ashe, M, Zwicker, L, Cawley, JH, and Brownell, KD. "Patchy progress on obesity prevention: emerging examples, entrenched barriers, and new thinking." Lancet (London, England) 385, no. 9985 (June 2015): 2400-2409. (Review)

Pearl, RL, Dovidio, JF, Puhl, RM, and Brownell, KD. "Exposure to Weight-Stigmatizing Media: Effects on Exercise Intentions, Motivation, and Behavior." Journal of health communication 20, no. 9 (January 2015): 1004-1013.