Ph.D., 2008, Georgia State University, Educational Policy Studies
M.S., 1997, Georgia State University, Exercise Science
B.A., 1995, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Biology and Physical Education
Childhood obesity, physical activity, school and community health, health policy
Dr. Rodney Lyn serves as Dean in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences. His research is focused on childhood obesity prevention, school and community health, and the reduction of health disparities. He has special interest in identifying effective policy and system approaches to increasing physical activity and healthy eating in children and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on these topics.
Dr. Lyn has led or contributed to funded grants totaling over $16M from federal and state agencies, foundations, and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the Prevention Research Center at Georgia State University. Other recent projects include theRacial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, a CDC-supported partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine to address food deserts; the Georgia Childhood Obesity Prevention Program, a multi-county initiative to support and accelerate local policy and environmental interventions for obesity prevention, with funding from Healthcare Georgia Foundation; Partnerships to Improve Community Health, a CDC-supported partnership with Fulton County Health Department focused on tobacco prevention; and, a study examining mortality disparities and resilience in low-income, minority communities in the South, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Lyn previously served as Deputy Director for GSU’s NIH-funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities Research.
Dr. Lyn has advised and worked closely with state and federal agencies, professional associations, not-for-profits, and the philanthropic community on a variety of public health topics. He teaches graduate courses including Public Health Policy, Analysis, and Advocacy; Public Health Leadership and Policy; and Childhood Obesity Prevention. He is an active member of the American Public Health Association.