Faculty Profile

Chris M. Coombe, Ph.D, MPH

Chris M. Coombe, Ph.D, MPH

  • Assistant Research Scientist, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • 2786 SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Chris M. Coombe is an Assistant Research Scientist in Health Behavior & Health Education and is affiliated with the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC), a longstanding community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and her MPH from University of California. Dr. Coombe has extensive experience designing, conducting, and evaluating collaborative research and interventions using a CBPR approach. She is an expert in developing education and training programs that enhance academic and community capacity to conduct CBPR and to engage in policy and systems change. Dr. Coombe co-leads the CBPR Partnership Academy, a national training program to enhance skills and knowledge of community and academic teams to use CBPR to reduce inequities in their communities. Dr. Coombe has been conducting participatory evaluation for over twenty years, and has contributed to the conceptual development of measures and methods for evaluating community capacity building and equitable partnerships. She is co-investigator on a 5-year NIH study to conceptualize and measure factors that contribute to success in longstanding partnerships. Dr. Coombe's research interests include understanding how urban social and physical environments contribute to racial and socioeconomic inequities, and translating that knowledge into policy interventions to promote health and equity. She led a health impact assessment (HIA) of Detroit regeneration plans on the city's most vulnerable residents, that included recommendations to inform planning and policy making to reduce racial and economic health inequities, and improve public health.

  • Postdoctoral Translational Scholar, NIH, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, University of Michigan, 2009-2011
  • PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2007
  • Predoctoral Traineeship, NIMH, Psychosocial Factors in Mental Health, University of Michigan, 2002-2005
  • MPH, Community Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
  • B.A., Social Welfare, Albright College, Reading, PA

  • Social determinants of health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Urban neighborhoods and health (economic, racial, residential, and land use patterns)
  • Policy and systems change to promote health equity
  • Health impact assessment
  • Participatory evaluation

  • American Public Health Association
  • Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA)