Thomas A. Glass, PhD
Faculty Associate, Johns Hopkins Population Center
Senior Associate Member, Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health
Core Faculty, Global Obesity Prevention Center
Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
615 N. Wolfe Street, E6144
Baltimore , Maryland 21205
PhD , Duke University , 1989
MA , Duke University
Dr. Glass is a social epidemiologist with broad interests in the role of social and behavioral factors in population health. He has conducted research on social support, social networks and social engagement and how they impact health and functioning in older adults. He has conducted intervention studies in older adults to improve functioning. He is working to develop and test a new real-time data acquisition system to measure social, physical and cognitive function using sensors. Other recent work explores the characteristics of the built and social environments and how they impact a variety of health outcomes including obesity. He is now exploring the use of systems science methods for understanding a variety of population-level health related processes including obesity and alcohol policy. He is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center where he directs Project 1, a multilevel investigation of the determinants of childhood obesity in Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Associate Member of the Center on Aging and Health.
He is involved in multiple roles in teaching. He is co-director on the NIA funded Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging training grant. He co-directs the Education and Training core of the U54 funded Global Obesity Prevention Center. He is also coordinator of the advanced epidemiology methods sequence within the Department of Epidemiology. He is faculty sponsor of the social epidemiology journal club and directs the Baltimore Neighborhood Research Consortium (www.jhsph.edu/bnrc) for the advancement of neighborhood research in the Baltimore area.
Honors and Awards
Brookdale National Fellow
Golden Apple Award, small class
social epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, aging, behavior and health, neighborhoods, cerebrovascular disease, disaster epidemiology, bioterrorism, obesity
2014 Fallah-Fini S, Rahmandad H, Huang TT-K, Bures RM, Glass TA. Modeling U.S. adult obesity trends: A system dynamics model for estimating energy imbalance gap. American Journal of Public Health. Vol 104 (7) pp. 1230-39.
2014 Bai J, He B, Shou H, Zipunnikov V, Glass TA, Crainiceanu CM. Normalization and extraction of interpretable metrics from raw accelerometry data. Biostatistics Vol. 15 (1) pp. 102-16.
2013 Glass TA, Goodman SN, Hernán MA, Samet JM. Causal inference in public health. Annual Review of Public Health Vol. 34 pp. 61-75.
2011 Schwartz J, Bellinger D, Glass TA. Expanding the scope of environmental risk assessment to better Include differential vulnerability and susceptibility. American Journal of Public Health Vol. 101 pp. S88-S93.
2009 Huang TT, Drewnosksi A, Kumanyika S, Glass TA. A systems-oriented multilevel framework for addressing obesity in the 21st century. Prev Chronic Dis Vol. 6 (3) p. A82.
Selected peer-reviewed publications, last 5 years