Todd Combs

Todd Combs’ research interests include health and social policy, dissemination and implementation science, and systems science. Much of his research focuses on policies that affect the built environment to promote behavioral change.  Combs currently leads or works on several projects, including:  Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE), which uses agent-based modeling to test the potential impact of retail tobacco policies; and the evaluation of the Washington University Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences, which focuses on the benefits of membership and collaboration in the large-scale research initiative.

Combs is the assistant director of research at the Brown School’s Center for Public Health Systems Science. He oversees the center’s research portfolio and focuses on expanding scientific and methodological capacities through identifying research opportunities and mentoring staff. Combs has years of graduate teaching experience in applied quantitative research methods for social science, social work, and public health. 

Todd Combs

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • PhD, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Office Phone: 314-935-3731
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Areas of Focus:

  • Health and social policy
  • Dissemination & implementation
  • Systems science
  • Tobacco control
  • Built environment