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Burt Cowgill

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Center Project Director, UCLA Prevention Research Center (UCLA PRC)


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementFull Time
Contact Information

UCLA Cancer Prevention & Control Res/FSPH & JCCC
BOX 956900, A2-125 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6900

Areas of Interest: 
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy and Practice
  • Active Transportation
  • Adolescent Health Promotion
  • Community Based Participatory Research

Dr. Cowgill is the Center Project Director for the UCLA Prevention Research Center (UCLA PRC) and has extensive experience working with community-based organizations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research projects following the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Cowgill received his PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2007 from the Department of Health Policy and Management in Health Care Outcomes Research. Dr. Cowgill's areas of interest include nutrition and physical activity policies and practices in schools and worksites, active transportation planning, and training youth health advocates. 

Prior to returning to academic research, Dr. Cowgill served as a fellow for Senator Edward Kennedy's Health Committee staff and as an analyst for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

During his time with CMS, Dr. Cowgill worked with state Medicaid agencies on child and adolescent immunization performance measurement and quality improvement projects and funding for immunization registries. He is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research and analytical techniques.

Selected Courses:
Selected Publications: 

·         Cowgill BO, Chung PJ, Thompson L, Elijah J, Lamb S, Garcia VP, Bastani R. Parental views on engaging families of middle school students about obesity prevention and control in a multi-ethnic population.  Preventing Chronic Disease. In press.

·         Bogart LM, Cowgill BO, Sharma AJ, Uyeda K, Sticklor LA, Alijewicz KE, Schuster MA. Parental and home environmental facilitators of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among overweight and obese Latino youth. Academic Pediatrics. 2013; 13: 348-55.

·         Chung PJ, Lui CK, Cowgill BO, Hoffman GJ, Elijah J, Schuster MA. Employment, family leave, and parents of newborns or seriously ill children. Academic Pediatrics. 2012; 12: 181-188.

·         Mutchler MG, Wagner G, Cowgill BO, Mckay T, Risley B, Bogart LM. Improving HIV/AIDS care through treatment advocacy: Going beyond client education to empowerment by facilitating client-provider relationships. AIDS Care. 2011; 23: 79-90.

·         Kennedy DP, Cowgill BO, Bogart LM, Corona R, Ryan GW, Murphy DA, Nguyen T, Schuster MA. Parents and Children Discuss the Disclosure of a Parent's HIV Status. AIDS and Behavior. 2010; 14: 1095-105.

·         Coker TR, Chung PJ, Cowgill BO, Chen L, Rodriguez MA. Low-Income Parents' Views on the Redesign of Well-Child Care. Pediatrics. 2009; 124: 194-204.

·         Corona R, Cowgill BO, Bogart LM, Parra MT, Ryan G, Elliott MN, Park SK, Patch J, Schuster MA. A qualitative analysis of discussions about HIV in families of parents with HIV. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.  2009; 34: 677-80.

·         Cowgill BO, Bogart LM, Corona R, Ryan G, Schuster MA. Fears about HIV Transmission in Families with an HIV-Infected Parent: A Qualitative Analysis. Pediatrics. 2008; 122: e950-958.

·         Bogart LM, Cowgill BO, Kennedy D, Ryan G, Murphy DA, Elijah J, Schuster MA. HIV-related stigma among people with HIV in their families: A qualitative analysis. AIDS and Behavior. 2008; 12: 244-254

·         Cowgill BO, Beckett MK, Corona R, Elliott MN, Zhou AJ, Schuster MA. Children of HIV-Infected Parents: Custody Status in a Nationally Representative Sample. Pediatrics. 2007; 120: e494-503.

·         Cowgill BO, Beckett MK, Corona R, Elliott MN, Parra MT, Zhou AJ, Schuster MA. Guardianship Planning for Children of HIV-Infected Parents in the United States: Results from a Nationally Representative Sample. Pediatrics. 2007; 119: e391-398.

·         Corona R, Beckett MK, Cowgill BO, Elliott MN, Murphy DA, Zhou AJ, Schuster MA. Do Children Know Their Parent's HIV-Status? Parental Reports of Child Knowledge in a Nationally Representative Sample. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2006; 6: 138-144.