Alexander C. Wagenaar, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Florida, College of Medicine
Dept of Health Outcomes & Policy
1329 SW 16th Street, rm. 5130 PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177 USA
Phone: (352) 327-8716
Fax: (352) 265-8047


Professor of Health Outcomes & Policy, Program Director for Strategic Initiatives, and Professor, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville. Associate Director, Public Health Law Research Program, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Research Summary

Alcoholism Prevention, Disease Prevention, Epidemiology, Injury Prevention, Public Health.


PhD, December 1980, Health Behavior and Health Education (School of Public Health), minor — Sociology, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Summer Program in Research Methods, June-August 1979, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Ann Arbor.
MSW, December 1978, Program Evaluation and Research, minor — Sociology, School of Social Work, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
BA, June 1977, Honors Program in Sociology, minors — Political Science and Psychology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Current Research

Dr. Wagenaar’s research focuses on three broad areas: (1) group-randomized or controlled time-series trials of preventive interventions at the state, community and institutional levels designed to improve the health of children and adolescents; (2) empirical evaluations of the effects of national, state and local public health policies; and (3) meta-analyses of the literature on these topics. Particular content foci include alcohol use, automobile crashes, injuries and violence.

Dr. Wagenaar is Associate Director of the National Public Health Law Research Program, a collaboration with Temple, Harvard and Duke universities. This program is defining and building the theory and scientific basis for the emerging field of empirical research that involves collaboration between legal scholars and health scientists. The content scope of the program includes any law or regulation that may have important beneficial or deleterious effects on any cause of disease or injury. He also collaborates with the national Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium, studying optimum science-based policies and programs to enhance the health and well-being of residents in poor neighborhoods nationwide.

Recent Publications

Lynne-Landsman, S. D. & Wagenaar, A. C. (2014). Alcohol policy: Interventions to prevent youth alcohol use. In: L. M. Scheier (Ed.) Handbook of Drug Prevention. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Komro, K.A., Burris, S. & Wagenaar, A.C. (2014) Social determinants of child health: Concepts and measures for future research. Health Behavior and Policy Review.

Komro, K.A., Wagenaar, A.C., Boyd, M., Boyd, B.J., Pettigrew, D., Tobler, A.L., Lynne-Landsman, S.D., Livingston, M.D., Livingston, B., Molina, M.M. Prevention Trial in the Cherokee Nation: Design of a Randomized Community Trial. Prevention Science. Epub March 11, 2014.

Staras, S., Livingston, M., Christou, A., Jernigan, D. & Wagenaar, A.C. Heterogeneous Population Effects of an Alcohol Excise Tax Increase on STI Morbidity. Addiction. Epub Jan 22, 2014.

Pacula, R.L., Kilmer, B., Wagenaar, A.C., Chaloupka, F.J. & Caulkins, J.P. Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco. American Journal of Public Health. Epub April 17, 2014