Rodrigo Reis

Rodrigo Reis is an investigator at the Prevention Research Center, and his research focuses on built and community environment and public health, with particular interest in community interventions for promoting physical activity, the effect of the built environment and active transportation on physical activity and health. At the Brown School, Reis teaches courses focusing on the built environment and public health, and is the chair of the Urban Design specialization in the Master of Public Health program.

Prior to joining the Brown School, Reis was on the faculty at Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, as well as the Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil. He has played an important role in international projects, such as Project GUIA (Guide for Community in Latin America), the International Physical Activity and Environment Network, the Design to Move initiative, and Centers for Disease Control physical activity courses in Latin America.

He has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals and is also part of The Lancet Physical Activity Series published in 2012 and 2016 and The Lancet Urban Design, Transport, and Health Series published in 2016. He serves on the board of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health.

Rodrigo Reis

  • Professor
  • PhD, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • Office Phone: 314-935-4948
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Areas of Focus:

  • Physical activity
  • International health
  • Urban design and health
  • Transportation and health
  • Built Environment and health

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

Controlling chronic diseases through evidence-based decision making: A group randomized trial
Preventing Chronic Disease
October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017