Maura Kepper

Maura Kepper conducts research to reduce the burden of the social, economic, and environmental conditions that can negatively impact the health of individuals and communities. Her research intersects behavioral health, informatics, and dissemination and implementation research.

She uses epidemiologic methods to evaluate the effects of environments on health and works to develop, implement, and sustain interventions to address modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases. Most recently, her research has used digital health technology to promote healthy behaviors (physical activity and diet), enable patient-centered decision making, and address social determinants at the point of care.

Kepper works with the teams of both the Prevention Research Center and the Institute for Informatics. She is an active member of the American Heart Association’s Behavior Change committee and the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Behavioral Informatics and Technology group.

Prior to joining Washington University, Kepper completed postdoctoral training at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana and her doctorate degree in Public Health from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Kepper is a member the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Kepper’s research has appeared in Obesity, International Journal of Obesity, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Frontiers Digital Health, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.

Maura Kepper

  • Assistant Professor
  • PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Office Phone: 314-935-0142
  • Email:

Areas of Focus:

  • Behavioral Informatics
  • Social determinants of health
  • Obesity
  • Dissemination & Implementation Research

Featured Publications

Neighborhood influences on women’s parenting practices for adolescents’ outdoor play: A qualitative study
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2 2019