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.