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Alex  Wagenaar

Research Professor

Faculty, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Dr. Wagenaar is Research Professor at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  His second book, Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods (with Scott Burris of Temple University School of Law), was published by Wiley in 2013. He has published almost 200 scientific articles on social and behavioral epidemiology, public health policy, legal evaluations, community intervention trials, alcohol and tobacco studies, traffic safety, and injury control. His research papers are widely cited--over 10,000 citations to date.

In 1987, Professor Wagenaar received the Exceptional Leadership Award from the American Public Health Association. In 1999, he received the Jellinek Award for lifetime achievement in research on alcohol.  In 2001 he received the Innovator’s Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in 2004 was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as a Highly Cited Researcher, an honor limited to less than one-half of one percent of published scientists worldwide. In 2009 he received the Prevention Science Award and in 2016 the Nan Tobler Award, both from the Society for Prevention Research, in recognition of his work investigating and advancing the methods and outcomes of prevention research.

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Contact Information

1518 Clifton Rd. NE GCR 556

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: (352) 327-8716


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Areas of Interest

  • Health Law
  • Public Health Policy
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Time-Series Field Experiments


  • PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education 1980, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MSW, Program Evaluation and Research 1978, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA, Sociology 1977, Calvin College

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