Richard Killingsworth, PhD

NATIONAL TOBACCO POLICY EXPERT

  • Professor and Director of the Center for Public-Private Partnerships in Health at the University of Delaware
  • Former Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Delaware Division of Public Health
  • Former Executive Director and COO, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

Widely recognized for his work coordinating legislation with the White House, Congress, and Secretary of HHS.

Dr. Rich Killingsworth directs the Center for Public-Private Partnerships in Health at the University of Delaware, where he is also an associate professor in the College of Health Sciences – Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. Throughout his career, he has led work to enable and advance public-private partnerships and catalyze solutions that improve health outcomes, including initiatives that reduce tobacco use.

Rich’s past positions include chief of health promotion and disease prevention for the Delaware Division of Public Health; inaugural executive director and chief operating officer for the congressionally chartered National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition; deputy director of Nemours Health and Prevention Services; executive director of the Harvest Foundation; program director of the Ruth Mott Foundation; and national director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living by Design initiative. He has served extensively on boards and national advisory groups.

In 2015, Rich received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Public Health, where he earned his master’s degree in public health education. For his leadership and service, he has also received the highest awards bestowed by the League of American Bicyclists and the Cadence Cycling Foundation.