Population Health

Dr. Victor Ronis-Tobin

Director, Center for Population Health
Taskforce Member, Center for Innovation

I am a clinical health psychologist interested in population approaches to the reduction of health risk behavior through community partnerships. My aim is to develop academic programs and community partnerships to promote population health. Our academic offerings integrate necessary marketable skills with state of the art content.  We provide immersion experiences, and opportunities for participation in population health research and practical experiences.  My main research interest is the reduction of risk behaviors in youth, including substance use, mental health, and suicide. I use retrospective population survey data such as the regional surveys in Kentucky and Ohio (Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) and Students Drug Use Survey (SDUS)) to identify risk patterns, and build community partnerships to direct resources towards risk behavior prevention. My professional activities include: 

A. Participation in community prevention groups and regional healthcare coalitions

B. Data analytics and informatics to promote data driven decision making in service of the community

C. Qualitative and quantitative research

  • Development and customization of research instruments
  • Development of surveys
  • Focus groups and key stakeholder interviews

D. Development of grant proposals

E. Development of research manuscripts

F. Mentoring of students

G. Teaching 

Professional Interests

Youth Risk Behavior, Suicide, Population Health, Research Methods, COVID-19, Behavior Modification, Innovation, Technology