David is Executive Vice President, Research, Innovation, and Product Development at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), a not-for-profit research and educational institution with headquarters in Greensboro, NC. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy (SSHP) at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Before coming to CCL, he was a tenured Professor at Wake Forest in the Department of Public Health Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.
David serves as director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Substance Abuse Policy Research Program, a national initiative to stimulate research on issues related to drug, alcohol, and tobacco policy. This program will ultimately fund $66 million in research grants. He is also co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Ladders for Leadership: Building the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders Program, a $4 million initiative to develop emerging leaders in health and heath care.
David has long supplemented his work in the public health field with a keen interest in leadership, and in CCL. He attended the Leadership Development Program (LDP)® as a Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program and, more recently, was a participant in Leading Creatively, Developing Leadership Talent, Assessment Certification Workshop, Coaching Certification Workshop, and Leadership at the Peak programs. He now trains the Leadership at the Peak program. He is active in a number of professional associations and is a Fellow of three divisions in the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is also a member of the American Public Health Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association, the Society of Public Health Education, and Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He serves on a variety of community taskforces and Boards.
Prior to joining Wake Forest, David was a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University School of Medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine where he was selected as Alumni of the year in 2007, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention.