Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD, MS, EdM

Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD, MS, EdM

Dean and Professor

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160 SW 26th Street

160 SW 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Dr. Primack combines his expertise in education, technology, human development, and medicine by researching both positive and negative effects of media messages on health. He is a pioneer on the use of media literacy education in preventing adolescent smoking, underage drinking, and other harmful adolescent health behaviors. He has also conducted extensive research on the new phenomenon of waterpipe ("hookah") tobacco smoking.


Before arriving at Oregon State, Primack was dean of the University of Arkansas’ College of Education and Health Professions, which had more than 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students and 500 faculty and staff members in areas such as public health, kinesiology, K-12 education, nursing, counseling, occupational therapy and athletic training.

Prior to his role at the University of Arkansas, Primack was dean of the Honors College and a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He also served as assistant vice chancellor of Pitt Health Sciences and founding director of a multidisciplinary Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health.

Primack has more than 250 peer-reviewed publications in areas spanning public health, behavioral science, substance use, mental health and education. He has been principal investigator on federal research projects totaling more than $10 million, including a current award from the National Cancer Institute related to cancer communication.

He is the author of a book “You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience,” which was published in September.

Primack earned undergraduate degrees in English and mathematics from Yale University; a master’s degree in human development from Harvard University; a medical degree from Emory Medical School; and a master’s degree and a doctoral degree, both focused on public health and translational science, from the University of Pittsburgh.



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