Peter Hovmand is the founding director of the Brown School’s Social System Design Lab
. Hovmand’s research and practice focus on using participatory group model building methods to engage and build systems-thinking capacity in communities to understand and address inequities in health, education and social well-being. Application areas include medicine, public health, mental health, child welfare, domestic violence, sexual violence, gun violence, structural racism, housing stability, household economic security and K-12 education.
Hovmand’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Lupina Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration and St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.
He is the cofounder of the System Dynamics Diversity Committee and serves as associate editor for System Dynamics Review. Hovmand also coordinates the System Dynamics specialization in the Brown School's Master of Social Work program, and he leads Washington University’s Campus Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Assessment Initiative.