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Wagenaar, Alexander C.

Wagenaar-updated-photo-7Professor, Health Outcomes & Policy
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Phone: (352) 327-8716
Fax: (352) 265-8047

1329 SW 16th Street, Room 5235
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177


  • Ph.D. in Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
  • M.S.W. in Program Evaluation and Research, University of Michigan
  • B.A. in Sociology (Honors Program), Calvin College

For Dr. Wagenaar’s full vita, click here.

Professional Biography

Dr. Wagenaar is a Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and also serves on the Graduate Faculty of Epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has published a book, numerous book chapters, and over 170 scientific articles on social epidemiology, public health policy, legal evaluations, community intervention trials, alcohol and tobacco studies, violence prevention, traffic safety, and injury control. He has a strong interest in evaluation of public policy changes and community-level interventions, using both randomized trial and controlled time-series research designs and statistical methods. He currently also serves as Associate Director of the Public Health Law Research Program at Temple University, the national program office for a $17 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a scientific reviewer for two dozen journals, is a member of the Editorial Board of Prevention Science and the Journal of Safety Research, and is an Assistant Editor of the journal, Addiction.

In 1999, Dr. Wagenaar received the prestigious Jellinek award for lifetime achievement in research on alcohol. In 2001 he received the Innovator’s Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in 2004 was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as a Highly Cited Researcher, an honor limited to less than one-half of one percent of published scientists worldwide. In 2009 he received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for the contributions of his three decades of research in advancing the methods and outcomes of prevention research. In 2010 he received an honorary Research Professorship award from the University of Florida Foundation.


  • Alcohol tax policy
  • Drunk driving
  • Injury prevention
  • Health effects of laws

Recent News



  • Staras, S.A.S., Livingston, M.D., & Wagenaar, A.C. (2016) Maryland alcohol sales tax and sexually transmitted infections: A natural experiment.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 50(3):e73-e80.
  • Komro, K.A., Flay, B.R., Biglan, A. & Wagenaar, A.C. (2016) Research design issues for evaluating complex multicomponent interventions in neighborhoods and communities.  Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(1): 153-159. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-015-0358-4.
  •  Lynne-Landsman, S.D., Kominsky, T.K., Livingston, M.D., Wagenaar, A.C., & Komro, K.A. (2016) Alcohol sales to youth: Data from rural communities within the Cherokee Nation.  Prevention Science, 17:32-29. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-015-0579-2
  • Wagenaar, A.C., Livingston, M.D., & Staras, S.S. (2016) Effects of a 2009 Illinois alcohol tax increase on fatal motor vehicle crashes.  American Journal of Public Health, 105(9): 1880-1885.
  • Shenkman, E., Muller, K., Vogel, B., Nixon, S.J., Wagenaar, A.C., Case, K., Guo, Y., Wegman, M., Aric, J., & Stoner, D. (2015) The wellness incentives and navigation project: Design and methods.  BMC Health Services Research, 15:579-591.
  • Wagenaar, B.H., Sherr, K., Quinhas, F. & Wagenaar, A.C., (2015)Using routine health information for well-designed health evaluations in low- and middle-income countries. Health Policy and Planning, 1-7. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czv029
  •  Livingston, M.D., Komro, K.A., & Wagenaar, A.C.(2015) The effects of survey modality on adolescents’ responses to alcohol use items. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(4), 710-715.
  • Rossheim, M.E., Thombs, D.L., Wagenaar, A.C., Xuan, Z., & Aryal, S. (2015) High alcohol concentration products associated with poverty and state alcohol policies. American Journal of Public Health.
  •  Delcher, C., Wagenaar, A.C., Goldberger, B.A., Cook, R.L., Maldonado-Molina, M.M. (2015) Abrupt decline in oxycodone-caused mortality after implementation of Florida’s prescription drug monitoring program. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 146:e260.
  • 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.  (2015)Prevention trial in the Cherokee Nation: Design of a randomized community trial. Prevention Science, 16(2):291-300.
  • 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, 1(6), 432-445.


Courses Taught

  • GMS 6844  Research Design