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James J.  Werner, PhD

James J. Werner, PhD

Director, Practice-Based Research Network Core Facility 216.368.2996 (o) 216.368.4348 (f)

Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
Member, Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Research Program

James J. Werner, PhD, began working for Case Western Reserve University in 2004 as the Director of the Practice-Based Core Research Network (PBRN) Core Facility at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. From 2007 to 2010, he was the co-director of the PBRN Shared Resource at the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at CWRU. Starting in 2011, he has been the co-director of Behavioral Science Education at Bolwell Family Medicine Residency Center at Case Medical Center. Also in 2011, he became the director of the PBRN Shared Resource. In 2012, Dr. Werner became the director and PI of AHRQ-funded P30 COIN Center for Practice-Based Research and Training in the CWRU Department of Family Medicine. In 2004, he started as an assistant professor of family medicine, a position he kept until2013 when he became an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU.

Dr. Werner earned his BS in agronomy – the science of using plants for food, fuel, and reclamation – from Ohio State University in 1980. In 1983, he earned an MS in biological sciences from OSU. He earned his PhD in health and behavioral sciences from the University of Colorado in 2002. In 2010, he earned a Master of Science and Social Administration from CWRU in social science administration.

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PBRNs are research networks comprised of diverse community-based healthcare practices that collaborate with academic investigators to conduct translational research. The PBRN Core Facility serves and maintains 9 PBRNs in northeast Ohio that include more than 250 practices in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, psychiatry, and includes highly diverse federally qualified health centers and free clinics. Dr. Werner has been developing PBRNs and conducting practice-based research for the past 22 years. In addition, he develops new research methods for PBRNs, leads a national PBRN training program, is PI of an AHRQ-funded statewide consortium of PBRNs, and conducts research to discover more effective methods for preventing and controlling cancer by enabling patients to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors.

primary care-based interventions, social work, practice-based core research network, social sciences, behavioral health, health behavior change