Ken Resnicow, Ph.D.

Ken Resnicow

Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education

3867 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

(734) 647-0212


Website(s): Center for Health Communications Research

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Courses Taught

HBEHED668: Health Communications for Public Health
HBEHED671: Motivational Interviewing in Public Health


Ph.D., Health Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Ferkauf Graduate School, 1985
B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Yeshiva College, 1980

Research Interests & Projects

Research interests include: the design and evaluation of health promotion programs for special populations, particularly cardiovascular and cancer prevention interventions for African Americans; understanding the relationship between ethnicity and health behaviors; school-based health promotion programs; substance use prevention and harm reduction and motivational interviewing for chronic disease prevention.

Studies include: Health Body Healthy Spirit, an NHLBI funded intervention to increase physical activity, fruits, and vegetables among African Americans recruited through Black churches using motivational interviewing; GO GIRLS, an NHLBI funded study to develop an obesity prevention program for overweight African American females; Body and Soul, an NIH/ACS collaboration to disseminate proven cancer control interventions using lay health advisors; and a FOGARTY/NIH study to develop smoking prevention programs for South African Youth.

Selected Publications

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Alexander GL, McClure JB, Calvi JH, Divine GW, Stopponi MA, Rolnick SJ, Heimendinger J, Tolsma DD, Resnicow K, Campbell MK, Strecher VJ, Johnson CC; MENU Choices Team. (February, 2010). A randomized clinical trial evaluating online interventions to improve fruit and vegetable consumption. American Journal of Public Health, 2, 319-326.

Resnicow K, Zhang N, Vaughan RD, Reddy SP, James S, Murray DM. (February, 2010). When Intraclass Correlation Coefficients Go Awry: A Case Study From a School-Based Smoking Prevention Study in South Africa. American Journal of Public Health, e1-e5.

Resnicow K, Strecher V, Couper M, Chua H, Little R, Nair V, Polk TA, Atienza AA (January, 2010). Methodologic and design issues in patient-centered e-health research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 1, 98-102.

Lawman H, Wilson DK, VanHorn L, Resnicow K. (2010). The Relationship between Psychosocial Correlates and Physical Activity in Underserved Adolescent Boys versus Girls in the ACT Trial Journal of Physical Activity & Health

Davis RE, Couper MP, Janz NK, Caldwell CH, Resnicow K. (September, 2009). Interviewer effects in public health surveys. Health Education Research, 1, 14-26.

Tolsma D, Calvi J, Davis RE, Greene SM, Resnicow K, Anderson J, Wiese C, Alexander G. (July, 2009). Challenges in researching racially sensitive topics in HMOs. Health Psychology, 4, 389-390.

Ellerbeck EF, Mahnken JD, Cupertino AP, Cox LS, Greiner KA, Mussulman LM, Nazir N, Shireman TI, Resnicow K, Ahluwalia JS. (April, 2009). Effect of varying levels of disease management on smoking cessation: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 7, 437-46.

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association
Society of Behavioral Medicine (Fellow)

Recent News Items

  • "The Biology of belief," Time, February 12, 2009
  • "Health System staff and faculty ally with African-American church leaders to reach out, build patient trust and improve community health," Medicine at Michigan, January 18, 2008
  • "Study 2: The church plays an important role in the social lives of many African-Americans," Hospital Business Week, July 08, 2007