2010 Lectureship

4th Annual Lectureship

Keynote Speaker and 2010 Lectureship Award Recipient:


Kelly Brownell, PhD
Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
Duke University

Kelly D. Brownell is an American scientist, professor, and internationally renowned expert on obesity. Dr. Brownell is Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale, where he is 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.

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 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 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.
Dr. 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. As Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale, he oversees all aspects of strategy and programming for the center.
Dr. Brownell teaches a class entitled “The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food” for Yale undergraduates. The class draws over 200 students each year.

Dr. Brownell’s presentation slides are available in .pdf format.


Dr. Lew Kuller, MD, DrPH
Distinguished University Professor of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DrPH is a Distinguished University Professor of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health from 1972-2002. He is a former member of the National Advisory Council on Aging at the National Institute on Aging, from 2001-2005, and served on the National Cholesterol Education Program. He is board-certified in preventive medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Epidemiological Society. Dr. Kuller has published over 600 papers in cardiovascular diseases, women’s health, aging, diabetes and cancer. He has been the recipient of the following awards/honors: Distinguished Scientist Designation from the American Heart Association, Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, Abraham Lilienfeld Award (American College of Epidemiology), Alumni Achievement Award from George Washington University.

Dr. Kuller’s Presentation Slides are available in .pdf format.


Dr. Kenneth Warner, PhD
Dean, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Kenneth E. Warner is Dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health. He has been on the School’s faculty since 1972. An economist, Dr. Warner earned his A.B. degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

Presented in over 200 professional publications, Dr. Warner’s research has focused on economic and policy aspects of disease prevention and health promotion, with a special emphasis on tobacco and health. Dr. Warner served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the 25th anniversary Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health. He is on the editorial boards of three professional journals and chairs the board of Tobacco Control. He served as the World Bank’s representative to negotiations on the first-ever global health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Dr. Warner was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation and served as President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in 2004-05. He was the founding Director of the University of Michigan’s Tobacco Research Network. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

On two occasions, Delta Omega, the national public health honorary society, cited Dr. Warner for “outstanding achievement in public health.” In 1989, Dr. C. Everett Koop awarded him the Surgeon General’s Medallion. In 1990, he received the Leadership Award of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section of the American Public Health Association. In 1996, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine. In 1997, Dr. Warner received the Excellence in Research Award from the UM School of Public Health. In 2002 he received the Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. In 2003 he received the inaugural award for Outstanding Research Contribution in the international Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control.

Dr. Warner’s Presentation Slides are available in .pdf format.