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R. Craig Lefebvre

Lead Change Designer

R. Craig Lefebvre, PhD, is an architect and designer of public health and social change programs who blends empirical research and consumer experience to engage people’s imagination and passions in the design, implementation, and evaluation of communication and marketing programs to improve health, financial literacy, and social well-being. His interests and responsibilities include digital media and social marketing strategy, mobile technology research, noncommunicable disease prevention and control, and health communication. During his career he has planned, launched, and evaluated several hundred communication and marketing programs across a diversity of public health issues with state, national, and international agencies, several health ministries, and private sector companies.

Craig is the author of more than 125 publications and has made more than 300 presentations at professional meetings and invited venues around the world. His recent books include Social Marketing and Social Change: Strategies and Tools for Improving Health, Well-Being, and the Environment and a six-volume series on Social Marketing for the SAGE Library in Marketing. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Services Marketing, Social Marketing Quarterly and Journal of Social Marketing.

Dr. Lefebvre was the recipient of the 2014 Phillip Kotler Social Marketing Distinguished Service Award, is a Senior Fellow in the Society for New Communications Research, a member of the American Academy of Health Behavior, and Fellow in the Council on Epidemiology and Preventive Cardiology, American Heart Association. His work has earned him numerous industry awards, including the William D. Novelli Award for Innovations in Social Marketing and a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America. 

Education

PhD, Clinical Psychology, North Texas State University; MS, Experimental Psychology, North Texas State University; BA, Psychology, Roanoke College; post-doctoral fellowships in behaviorial medicine, University of Virginia and University of Pittsburgh

Latest Publications

Biroscak, B.J., Lefebvre, R.C., Schneider, T., Marshall, R.J., McDermott, R.J., & Bryant, C.A. (2014). Assessment of social marketing education, training, and application in public health settings. International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, 11 (2):145-160.
Lefebvre, R.C., & Squire, C.M. (2014). Social marketing. In McQueen, D.V. (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Public Health . Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Kumar, S., Nilsen, W.J., Abernethy, A., Atienza, A., Patrick, K., Pavel, M., Riley, W.T., Shar, A., Spring, B., Spruijt-Metz, D., Hedeker, D., Honavar, V., Kravitz, R., Lefebvre, R.C., et al. (2013). Mobile health technology evaluation: The mHealth Evidence workshop. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45 (2):228-236.
Lefebvre, R.C., & Bornkessel, A.S. (2013). Digital Social Networks and Health. Circulation, 127 (17):1829-1836.
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