Wagenaar, Alexander C.

Wagenaar-updated-photo-7Professor Emeritus, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics


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

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Professional Biography

Dr. Wagenaar is Professor Emeritus of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  His second book, Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods (with Scott Burris of Temple University School of Law), was published by Wiley in 2013. In addition, he has published 180 scientific articles on social and behavioral epidemiology, public health policy, legal evaluations, community intervention trials, alcohol and tobacco studies, traffic safety, and injury control.

In 1987, Professor Wagenaar received the Exceptional Leadership Award from the American Public Health Association. In 1999, he received the 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.  Other scientists have cited his journal articles more than 10,000 times. In 2009 he received the Prevention Science Award and in 2016 the Nan Tobler Award, both from the Society for Prevention Research, in recognition of his three decades of investigating and advancing the methods and outcomes of prevention research.


  • 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.