Tracy Orleans, PhD

Tracy Orleans
Tracy Orleans, PhD
Senior Scientist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

As the Senior Scientist for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Tracy Orleans has led or co-led the Foundation’s public policy and health care system grant-making in the areas of health behavior change, tobacco control, chronic disease management and prevention, physical activity promotion and childhood obesity prevention over the past 18 years.  Over the past seven years, she focused mainly on discovering, evaluating and applying effective policy and environmental strategies for reversing the rise in childhood obesity and reducing the disparities in its prevalence and health tolls.  She is now building on this work by developing models, metrics and research to guide the Foundation’s broad Culture of Health mission.  Dr.  Orleans  has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications, served on numerous journal editorial boards, national scientific panels and advisory groups (e.g., Institute of Medicine, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Community Preventive Services Task Force, National Commission on Prevention Priorities, National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research), and as the Associate Policy Editor for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  She has received many awards for her national work in the fields of behavioral medicine, tobacco control, and childhood obesity prevention.  She was deeply honored to receive the CDC’s 2012 Weight of the Nation “Pioneering Innovation Award” for Applied Obesity Research along with Drs. Jim Sallis and Mary Story.