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Jeffrey Mayer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science and Health Education

Courses Taught

Assessment, Implementation, Design, and Evaluation; Health Promotion Program Evaluation, Intervention Research


  • Ph.D., Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1987
  • B.A., Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1977

Research Interests

Community-based participatory research; maternal and child health; program evaluation; public health systems research.

Publications and Media Placements

  1. Beatty K., Mayer, J.P., Elliott M., Brownson R.C. (2016) Barriers and incentives to rural health department accreditation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 22(2):138-148.

  2. Beatty K., Mayer, J.P., Elliott M., Brownson R.C. (2015) Patterns and Predictors of Local Health Department Accreditation in Missouri. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 21(2):116-125.

  3. Mayer, J.P., Hawkins, B., and Todd, R. (1990) A randomized evaluation of smoking cessation interventions for pregnant women at a WIC clinic. American Journal of Public Health, 80(1), 76-78. [Reprinted in The Congressional Record, April 27, 1990, 136(49), E1275-E1277.]

Honors and Awards

  • Public Health Systems Research Award (2002)
  • Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy - AcademyHealth (2002)

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Public Health Association
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education
  • Society for Public Health Education

Community Work and Service

  • Bootheel Heart Health Coalition
  • Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
  • City of St. Louis Department of Health
  • East St. Louis Healthy Start
  • Grace Hill Health Center
  • Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club
  • St. Louis Effort for AIDS
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis

In partnership with his community partners, Jeffrey Mayer has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Danforth Foundation, the Missouri Department of Health, the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the March of Dimes, the Catholic Health Association and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, among others.

Prior to joining SLU, he was Director of Research at the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and a Senior Associate in the Program Evaluation and Methodology Division of GAO where he conducted policy evaluation studies for the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families of the U.S. Congress.