Kelly D. Brownell
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|Kelly D. Brownell|
|Born||1951 (age 64–65)
|Fields||Psychology, Epidemiology, Public Health|
|Alma mater||Purdue University
|Thesis||The effect of spouse training and partner cooperativeness in the behavioral treatment of obesity (1977)|
|Doctoral advisor||G. Terence Wilson|
|Known for||Research regarding obesity and the intersection of behavior, environment, and health with public policy|
James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences Outstanding Contribution to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue UniversityLifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University
Kelly David Brownell (born 1951) is an American scientist, professor, and internationally renowned expert on obesity. Kelly Brownell is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and is a professor of public policy. He also serves on the board of directors of the Duke Global Health Institute. Before coming to Duke, Brownell was Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale, where he was also Professor of Psychology and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health. His research deals primarily with obesity and the intersection of behavior, environment, and health with public policy. He was named in 2006 as one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine.
Brownell was born in 1951 and was raised in Indiana. His undergraduate work was at Purdue University, followed by a PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1977, advised by G. Terence Wilson with thesis titled The effect of spouse training and partner cooperativeness in the behavioral treatment of obesity, and additional training at Brown University.
He served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for 13 years before joining the Yale University faculty in 1990. He served from 1995 to 1999 as Director of Clinical Training, from 1999 to 2003 as Director of Graduate Studies, and from 2003 to 2006 as Chair of Yale's Department of Psychology. In 1994 he became Master of Silliman College at Yale where he served until 2000.
He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the award for Outstanding Contribution to Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University. He has published 14 books and more than 300 scientific articles and chapters. One book received the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book from the American Library Association, and his paper on "Understanding and Preventing Relapse" published in the American Psychologist was listed as one of the most frequently cited papers in psychology.
Brownell has advised members of congress, governors, world health and nutrition organizations, celebrities, and media leaders on issues of nutrition, obesity, and public policy. He was cited as a "moral entrepreneur" with special influence on public discourse in the history of the obesity field, and was cited by Time magazine as a leading "warrior" in the area of nutrition and public policy.
Brownell taught a class entitled "The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food" for Yale undergraduates. The class drew over 200 students each year. He was featured in the Academy Award–nominated film Super Size Me.
He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2006 and served as President of several national organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is also the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology.
He is credited with coining the terms "toxic food environment" and "yo-yo dieting", is a proponent of a soda tax, and was the early proponents of a food tax to improve the nation's food environment.
- Weight Bias: Nature, Consequences, and Remedies, ISBN 978-1-59385-199-6.
- Eating Disorders and Obesity, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Handbook, ISBN 978-1-59385-236-8.
- Behavioral Medicine and Women, A Comprehensive Handbook, ISBN 978-1-57230-522-9.
- Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis & What We Can Do About It
- Ounces of Prevention - The Public Policy Case for Taxes of Sugared Beverages: "Perspective" piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, by Kelly Brownell and Tom Frieden
- Personal Responsibility and Obesity: A Constructive Approach to a Controversial Issue
- Want a Healthier State? Save Gov. Paterson's Tax on Sugar Soda: Op-Ed in the New York Daily News
- New York Times features
- Food News Blues: Cover story of Newsweek magazine
- Coverage by ABC News
- Center for Science in the Public Interest
- "Kelly Brownell". Time magazine. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- "Kelly Brownell named the James Rowland Angell Professor". Yale News. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- Tuchler, Margot (30 January 2013). "Duke names Kelly Brownell as new Sanford dean". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- No authorship indicated (1 January 2012). "Kelly D. Brownell: Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology.". American Psychologist. 67 (8): 624–626. doi:10.1037/a0029539. PMID 23163440.
- Kaylin, Jennifer (March 2004). "The Belly of the Beast". Yale Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2013.