James Raczynski, Ph.D., F.A.H.A

C O P H Dean James Raczynski, P h D, F A H A

Professor and Founding Dean, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Contact Information

Office: COPH 2266
Phone: 501-526-6600


1980 – PhD (Psychology Department), The Pennsylvania State University
1978 – MS (Psychology Department), The Pennsylvania State University
1972 – BA (Psychology), Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Research Interest

Prevention of cardiovascular disease, racial and ethnic health disparities, social determinants of health

Current Research Projects

Establishing an Exploratory NCMHD Research Center of Excellence in Arkansas (National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities)
Arkansas Prevention Research Center (Centers for Disease Control and prevention)

Courses Taught

HPPR 9053 (also listed as PBHL 9073)-Applied and Behavioral Research Methods (co-taught)

PBHL 5683 – Social Epidemiology (co-taught)

PBHL 9021-Fundamentals of Research (co-taught)


Recent Publications

Raczynski JM, Thompson JW, Phillips MM, Ryan KW, Cleveland HW. Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Its Implementation and Impact on Child and Adolescent Body Mass Index. J Public Hlth Policy, 2009;30:S124-S140.

Krukowski RA, West DS, Philyaw Perez A, Bursac Z, Phillips MM, Raczynski JM. Overweight children, Weight-Based Teasing and Academic Performance. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2009;4(4):274-80.

Phillips MM, Raczynski JM, West DS, Pulley L, Bursac Z, Gauss CH,Walker J. Changes in School Environment and Family Behaviors with Implementation of Arkansas Act 1220. Obesity 2010;18 (Suppl 1):S54-61.

Phillips MM, Ryan K, Raczynski JM. Public policy versus individual rights in childhood obesity interventions: perspectives from the Arkansas experience with act 1220 of 2003. Prev Chronic Dis 2011;8(5):A96. Epub 2011 Aug 15.

Phillips MM, Goodell M, Raczynski JM, Philyaw Perez A. Creating and using index scores in the analysis of school policy implementation and impact. J School Hlth 2012;82(6):253-261. (PMID: 22568460)