In this lecture, Hammond will explore new emerging ideas at the intersection of population health and systems modeling, focused on developing and deploying community-level strategies to effectively tackle major health challenges like obesity, diabetes, and tobacco. He will draw on research studies he leads funded by the National Institutes of the Health and findings from consensus committees at the National Academy of Sciences in which he has participated, and will describe efforts underway in the cities and states across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Ross A Hammond is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he is director of the Center on Social Dynamics and Policy. His primary area of expertise is modeling complex dynamics in economic, social, and public health systems using mathematical and computational methods from complexity systems science. His current research topics include obesity etiology and prevention, food systems, tobacco control, behavioral epidemiology, crime, corruption, segregation, trust, and decision-making.
Hammond received his BA from Williams College and his PhD from the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous scientific articles in journals such as Lancet, JAMA Pediatrics, PNAS, American Journal of Public Health, Evolution, and Journal of Conflict Resolution, and his work has been featured in New Scientist, Salon, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, and major news media. Hammond is an HHS-appointed member of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities advisory council, and serves as a public health advisor for the National Cancer Institute, an Advisory Special Government Employee for the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, and a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He also holds academic appointments at Harvard School of Public Health, the Santa Fe Institute, and the Brown School at Washington University in St Louis.