Portrait of Douglas Luke, Ph.D.
Douglas Luke, Ph.D.
Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Douglas Luke, Ph.D., is the Irving Louis Horowitz Professor in Social Policy at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the director of the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS), which has been active and funded for over the past 20 years. His research focuses on evaluation and implementation of evidence-based public health policies, with an emphasis on tobacco control. He has worked extensively with the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC and has helped produce a wide variety of evidence-based translational products for community and state tobacco control, including the Best Practices User Guides, and the Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation.

Dr. Luke is also a leading methodologist with expertise in systems science, network analysis, agent-based modeling, and multilevel and longitudinal modeling. He published the first comprehensive reviews of network methods and systems science methods in public health. More recently, he was a member of the panel that produced the recent Institute of Medicine Report, Assessing the Use of Agent-Based Models for Tobacco Regulation, which provided the FDA and other public health scientists with guidance on how best to use agent-based computational models to inform tobacco control regulation and policy. He received his Ph.D. in community and clinical psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1990.