Jerry Schultz, Ph.D.

Jerry Schultz, Ph.D.

Jerry Schultz

Dr. Schultz holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Kansas. He has served as Co-director of the Center for Community Health and Development since 2007. As co-director, he has been active in building the capacity of communities to solve local problems, understanding community and systems change, evaluating community health and development initiatives, and developing methodologies for community improvement. Dr. Schultz is also Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. He helped found and develop the Community Tool Box (CTB), a comprehensive and global online resource for community-building. Dr. Schultz has authored numerous articles on evaluation, empowerment, measurement of community intervention, and community development. He has been a consultant to or worked on projects from many foundations (e.g., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Kansas Health Foundation, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City), state, national, and international agencies (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Human Services, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, PAHO, Texas Department of Health, Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services), community coalitions (e.g., Kansas City Chronic Disease Coalition, Austin-Travis County STEPS to a Healthier Community), and numerous non-profit organizations. Dr. Schultz was given the Society for Community Research and Action Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Community Psychology in 2007. He has been a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology since 1996.

Dr. Schultz is engaged in many Center projects as director, researcher, or advisor.

Investigator, Center for Community Health and Development,
Center for Community Health and Development

Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
Center for Community Health and Development

Adjunct Assistant Professor,
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Adjunct Assistant Professor,
University of Kansas Medical Center

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Kansas
M.A., Medical Anthropology, University of Kansas
B.S., Psychology and Education, University of Wisconsin

Contact Information


Center for Community Health and Development
University of Kansas 
1000 Sunnyside Avenue 
Dole Center, Room 4082 
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555



Fawcett, S., Schultz, J., Collie-Akers, V., Holt, C., Watson-Thompson, J., and Francisco, V. (2017). Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of Community Health Initiatives using the Community Check Box Evaluation System. In N. Wallerstein et al. (Eds.). (3rd edition). Community-based participatory research for health. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fawcett, S.B., Schultz, J., Collie-Akers, V., Holt, C. and Watson-Thompson, J. (2016). Community development for population health and health equity. (pp. 443-460). In P. Erwin and R. Brownson (Eds.), Scutchfield and Keck’s Principles of Public Health Practice. 4th edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Fawcett SB, Collie-Akers VL, Schultz JA, Kelley M. (2015). Measuring community programs and policies and their intensity in the Healthy Communities Study. Am J Prev Med. 49(4):636-641

Sepers, Jr. CE, Fawcett SB, Lipman R, Schultz JA, Collie-Akers, V and Perez A. (2015). Measuring the Implementation and Effects of a Coordinated Care Model Featuring Diabetes Self-Management Education within Four Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Diabetes Educator, 41:3, 328-343.

Schultz, J., Pandya, S., Sims, M., Jones, J., & Fischer, S. (2013). Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Within a Statewide Support System to Prevent Adolescent Substance Abuse, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 41:3, 188-200.