Scott C. Brown, Ph.D.
- Research Associate Professor
- Research Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Architecture
- Public Health Sciences
Dr. Brown's research interests are in neighborhood built (physical) and social environmental determinants of health, including in the areas of cancer control and prevention and health disparities. Dr. Brown has collaborated in research with the UM Built Environment, Behavior, and Health Group for 16+ years. As a public-health researcher examining community environmental determinants of health on funded studies (NIH, HUD, RWJF), he has the expertise in research methodology and in assessing social determinants, including built environmental policies and initiatives in relation to populations’ health. As PI on a federally-funded (HUD) research grant of neighborhood built-environment determinants of obesity and related chronic disease among Miami Medicare beneficiaries, Brown identified the role of greenery in diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), depression and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in ~250,000 Miami Medicare beneficiaries. Brown is PI on two grants (RWJF; Ed & Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Research Grant) examining different aspects of health in relation to greenness and greening initiatives (tree planting) in Medicare beneficiaries in low-income Miami neighborhoods. He participated in 3 NIH grants and 2 foundation grants (as Co-I, Project Director or Investigator) examining built environment impacts (e.g., mixed-land use such as stores near homes; “eyes on the street” such as porches) on Hispanics’ health (NIH Grants DK-74687; AG-027527 & MH-63709; RWJ Grant 037377; PI: Szapocznik). He was Co-I on 2 foundation-funded research projects (IAC Foundation Research Grant; PI: Rundek) examining health-care built-environment (regional variation in vascular/echocardiography testing accreditation) and Medicare beneficiaries’ health outcomes. Brown's interdisciplinary research team includes architecture, biostatistics, epidemiology, exercise physiology, geography, medicine, nutrition, public health, and urban planning. Dr. Brown provides expertise in science leadership, project management and analyses of “big data” to conduct cross-sectoral, crossdisciplinary research to understand those initiatives and strategies that best enhance the health outcomes for residents, particularly those at risk for cancer, obesity, CVD, stroke, AD, cognitive decline, physical inactivity, and social isolation. The overarching goal of Brown's program of research is to inform policies at the local, regional and national levels that best promote health in underserved populations and communities, including those at highest risk for cancer and cancer-related outcomes (e.g., disability, institutionalization, and death).