S. Leonard Syme PhD

Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology and Community Health
Education: 
  • PhD - Medical Sociology, Yale University
  • MA - Anthropology and Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA - Anthropology and Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests: 
  • Social determinants of disease
  • Community interventions
  • Developing community interventions to prevent disease and promote health
  • Relationship between health and psychosocial factors like poverty, stress and social isolation
Selected Publications: 

Krause N, Brand RJ, Kaplan GA, Syme SL, Wong CC, Salonen JT (2009). Work time and 11-year progression of carotid atherosclerosis in middle-aged Finnish men. Preventing Chronic Disease 6(1): A13.

Syme SL, Ritterman ML (2009). The importance of community development for health and well-being. Community Development Investment Review 5(3): 1-13.

Syme SL (2008). Editorial comment. The science of team science: Assessing the value of transdisciplinary research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 35(2S): S94-S95.

Stokols D, Hall KL, Taylor BK, Moser RP, Syme SL (eds.) (2008). The science of team science: Assessing the value of transdisciplinary research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 35(2S): S77-S252.

Syme SL (2008). Reducing racial and social-class inequalities In health: The need for a new approach. Health Affairs 27(2): 456-469.

Syme SL, Lefkowitz B, Krimgold BK (2002). Incorporating socioeconomic factors into U.S. health policy: Addressing the barriers. Health Affairs 21(2): 113-118.

Smedley BD, Syme SL (eds.) (2001). Promoting Health: Intervention Strategies from Social and Behavioral Research. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

Syme, SL (2001). Community participation, empowerment, and health: Development of a Wellness Guide for California. In: Stokols D, Jamner MS (eds.), Promoting Human Wellness: New Frontiers for Research, Practice, and Policy. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Schwab M, Syme SL (1997). On paradigms, community participation, and the future of public health. American Journal of Public Health 87(12): 2049-2051.

Syme SL (1996). Rethinking disease: Where do we go from here? Annals of Epidemiology 6(5): 463-468.

Syme SL (1986). Strategies for health promotion. Preventive Medicine 15(5): 492-507.

Other interests: 
  • Principal Investigator, The Wellness Guide Project
Profile Updated: October 25, 2011