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Lawrence Wallack

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Professor Emeritus Community Health & Health Promotion
Office PSU – URBN 470T Phone: (503) 725-5148


Lawrence Wallack is a Professor Emeritus and director for the Center for Public Health Studies at PSU, and a distinguished fellow of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU. He served nine years as dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at PSU and is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

He’s had an esteemed career working in public health and in research and training in promoting good public health policy through media advocacy. He is past chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and is a lifetime national associate of the National Academies, based on “extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.”

Wallack’s current work focuses on translating the science of developmental origins of health and disease into public health policy and practice, and in developing communication-framing strategies to advance public health.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Arizona, 1974
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Dr.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Bilderback Endowed Lecture, OHSU, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2008, Member, The National Academies Institute of Medicine, Committee on Health Insurance Status and Its Consequences
  • 2000-05, Innovators Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(recognition of innovative and groundbreaking work in the area of substance abuse prevention)
  • 2003, Lifetime National Associate, National Academies, (recognizes extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine).
  • 1997, Distinguished Wellness Lecture Award, The California Wellness Foundation/University of California, Berkeley

¹ CEPH Primary Instructional Faculty
² CEPH Non-Primary Instructional Faculty