Dr. Jon Kerner joined the Partnership in 2008 and currently serves as Expert Lead, Knowledge Mobilization and Evaluation. He also serves as Chair of the Knowledge Mobilization Steering Committee. Dr. Kerner’s past roles with the Partnership include Senior Scientific Leader, Population Health and Knowledge Management; Senior Scientific Advisor, Knowledge Translation; and Chair of the Primary Prevention Advisory and Action Groups.
Dr. Kerner obtained a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and his PhD in community psychology from New York University. He received post-doctoral training in cancer epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical trials design from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Dr. Kerner served as the Deputy Director for Research Dissemination and Diffusion of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Before that he spent 20 years as a peer-reviewed and funded researcher at two National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centres: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center. His community-based cancer control research integrated behavioural science, cancer epidemiology, and health services research and the development of research, practice, and policy partnerships within low income and medically underserved communities. He served on numerous national grant review panels and was the first chair of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Community Prevention and Control Study Section (now the Community-Led Health Promotion Study Section).