Dr. Liz Budd (she/her/hers) is an Evergreen Assistant Professor situated within the College of Education, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department, and affiliated with the Family and Human Services and Prevention Science programs. Dr. Budd is also a member of the Health Promotion Initiative (https://blogs.uoregon.edu/hpop/) and Prevention Science Institute. Nationally, Dr. Budd holds leadership roles in the Physical Activity Section of the American Public Health Association.
Dr. Budd’s teaching and research interests are centrally located in the field of public health, but are transdisciplinary in nature, reflective of her training. The goal of her research is to prevent the onset of chronic diseases, especially among groups with heightened risk, in order to achieve population-level health equity. Specifically, she examines the policies and environmental factors (social and physical) that influence physical activity and healthy eating. She has a particular interest in youth, adolescent girls, and Latino/a/x community members. Dr. Budd also works to implement, evaluate, and foster the sustainability of evidence-based interventions to promote healthy behaviors in community settings.
Dr. Budd enjoys weaving her research into her teaching of Contemporary Issues in Public Health and Transdisciplinary Problem-Solving in Public Health, often employing standing ovations and other physical activity breaks throughout class. Dr. Budd grew up in Oregon, but completed most of her training in St. Louis, Missouri. She encourages undergraduate and graduate students to reach out to her if they are interested in gaining research experience.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
I am committed to honoring and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in my research and teaching. The ultimate goal of my research is to move us closer to the elimination of health disparities by gender, race, ethnicity, body size, age, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. For example, some of my recent collaborative research has involved developing and disseminating training to reduce body size bias and discrimination in workplace settings and to reduce body size bias internalization. Related to teaching, my undergraduate and graduate public health courses aim to prepare students to work alongside community members in assessing and addressing priority community health problems to advance health equity. As a mentor, I use a team-based approach to support our academic, professional, and emotional development through our unique but interconnected learning journeys. For instance, my research team meets bi-monthly to share project updates, exchange feedback, and encourage each other. To that end, my research team and I love working with McNair Scholars and aim to advise 1-2 scholars each year. My transdisciplinary, collaborative approach to research, teaching, and mentorship reflects my belief that we are more effective at problem-solving when we strive to understand diverse perspectives and work together toward a common goal.
PhD, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School of Social Work and Public Health, St. Louis, MO
Major: Social Work with a Public Health focus
MPH, 2009, St. Louis University, College for Public Health and Social Justice, St. Louis, MO
Major: Behavioral Science and Health Education
BS, 2005, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Majors: Sociology and Spanish Studies
Most Recent Publications:
Budd, E. L., Giuliani, N. R., & Kelly, N. R. (2021). Perceived neighborhood safety moderates the association between racial discrimination stress and chronic health conditions among Hispanic/Latino adults. Frontiers in Public Health, 9(585157). https://doi:10.3389/fpubh.2021.585157.
Travalire, H. F., Budd, E. L., Natsuaki, M. N., Neiderhiser, J. M., Reiss, D. D., Shaw, D. S., Ganiban, J. M., & Leve, L., D. (2020). Using a sibling-adoption design to parse genetic and environmental influences on children’s body mass index (BMI). PLoS ONE, 15(7), e0236261. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236261
Budd, E. L., Nixon, C. T., Hymel, A. M., Tanner-Smith, E. E. (2020). The impact of afterschool program attendance on academic outcomes of middle school students. Journal of Community Psychology, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22416
Budd, E. L., Franz, D. J., Kelly, N. R.†, & Giuliani, N. R.† (2020). Oregon parents’ perceptions of the supportiveness of the school environment for their children’s health behaviors. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, S1499-4046(20), 30056-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2020.02.004
Budd, E. L., Liévanos, R. S., & Amidon, B. (2020). Open campus policies: How built, food, social, and organizational environments matter for Oregon public high school students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(2), 469. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020469
Budd, E. L., Ying, X., Stamatakis, K., deRuyter, A. J., Wang, Z., Sung-Chan, P., …& Brownson, R., C. (2019). Developing a tool to assess the implementation of evidence-based chronic disease prevention interventions in public health settings across four countries. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(152). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00152
Furtado, K. S., Budd, E. L., Armstrong, R., Pettman, T., Reis, R., Sung-Chan, P., …& Brownson, R. C. (2019). A cross-country study of mis-implementation in public health practice. BMC Public Health, 19(270), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6591-x
Budd, E. L., McQueen, A., Eyler, A. A., Haire-Joshu, D., Auslander, W. F., & Brownson, R.C. (2018). The role of physical activity enjoyment in the pathways from the social and physical environments to physical activity of early adolescent girls. Preventive Medicine, 111, 6–13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.02.015
Budd, E. L., deruyter, A. J., Wang, Z., Sung-Chan, P., Ying, X., Furtado, K. S., Brownson, R. C. (2018). A qualitative exploration of contextual factors that influence dissemination and implementation of evidence-based chronic disease prevention across four countries. BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3054-5
Approximately, 88% of deaths in the United States can be attributed to chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The odds of developing a chronic disease are primarily determined by a combination of one’s genetics, health behaviors (foremost, physical activity and dietary intake), and characteristics of the environments in which people live. Dr. Budd examines the 1) policies and 2) environmental factors that influence physical activity and healthy eating, primarily among youth; and 3) investigates factors associated with the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions to prevent chronic diseases and promote population-level health equity.