Craig H. Blakely, PhD, MPH, is the Dean of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville. His work has targeted maternal, high risk youth and other disadvantaged populations. He has been actively engaged in the translation of research to practice—both as an area of research and as a policy change advocate. His publications include: A Pound of Prevention: The Case for Universal Maternity Care in the U.S. published by the American Public Health Association, that stemmed from work that led to legislative change in one state to make prenatal care a right of citizenship. Prior to relocating to Louisville, Blakely spent time at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) and 27 years at Texas A&M University where he co-directed the Public Policy Research Institute and helped launch the new school of public health there in 1998—serving as the inaugural head of the Department of Health Policy and Management and later as Research Dean, Academic Affairs Dean and second Dean of the School.
Dr. Blakely has served on numerous review panels and regularly reviews papers for a number of journals. Among others, he sits on the Louisville Board of Health, the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Advisory Board for the Nigerian Centers for Disease Control, the Louisville Health Enterprises Network and the U.S. Dept. of Defense, Defense Health Agency, Health Advisory Board. He received his BA in Community Psychology from the University of Illinois, his PhD in Ecological Systems Psychology from Michigan State University and his MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.