Elizabeth Budd

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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 part of the Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative (https://blogs.uoregon.edu/hpop/) and Prevention Science Institute. Nationally, Dr. Budd is Secretary and an active member of 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 populations 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 among youth, with particular foci on early adolescent girls and Latinx youth. 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, 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.


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




 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 among youth; and 3) investigate factors associated with the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions to prevent chronic diseases and promote population-level health equity.


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 Medicine111, 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 Research18(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3054-5

Furtado, K. S., Budd, E. L., Ying, X., Deruyter, A. J., Armstrong, R. L., Pettman, T. L., … & Brownson, R. C. (2018). Exploring political influences on evidence-based non-communicable disease prevention across four countries. Health Education Research33(2), 89–103. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyy005

Eyler, A. A., Budd, E. L., Camberos, G. J., Yan, Y., & Brownson, R. C. (2016). State legislation related to improving population physical activity: 2006-2012. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(2), 207–213. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2015-0010

Budd, E. L., Hipp, J. A., Geary, N., & Dodson, E. A. (2015). Racial differences in parentalperceptions of the neighborhood as predictors of children’s physical activity and sedentary behavior. Preventive Medicine Reports2, 397-402. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.04.021

Auslander, W., & Budd, E. L. (2014). Diabetes (Children and Adults). Encyclopedia of Social Work. National Association of Social Workers Press and Oxford University Press.

Budd, E. L., Schwarz, C., Yount, B. W., & Haire-Joshu, D. (2012). Factors influencing theimplementation of school wellness policies in the United States, 2009.Preventing Chronic Disease9(8), E118. http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.110296