Background and Professional Interests
Professor Fawcett uses methods of behavioral science and community development to help understand and improve how communities create conditions that promote health and development. A former VISTA volunteer, he worked as a community organizer in public housing and low-income neighborhoods. Dr. Fawcett has been honored as a Fellow in both Division 27 (Community Psychology) and Division 25 (Experimental Analysis of Behavior) of the American Psychological Association. He received the Distinguished Practice Award of the Society for Community Research and Action and the Higuchi/Endowment Award for Applied Sciences. He is co-author of nearly 200 articles and book chapters and several books in the areas of community/public health, child/youth health and development, and community development. Dr. Fawcett has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and member of the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. He has consulted with a number of private foundations and national organizations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has also served as a visiting scholar at the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Dr. Fawcett serves as an advisor for most KU Work Group projects. This includes:
- Research into factors that affect how communities create conditions that promote health and development,
- Undergraduate teaching and graduate training in behavioral science, applied research, and community health and development, and
- Public service and consultation with local and national organizations, governmental organizations, and foundations.