David Evans, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Evans has extensive experience conducting research to improve the health status of minority children and reduce asthma morbidity through the development of educational programs for both patients and health professionals. Since 2002, Dr. Evans has co-authored nine publications on integrated pest management interventions to reduce residential pest populations safely, and environmental education as a component of asthma management for children. His recent work focuses on health education program for students with asthma that includes use of diaries to document environmental exposures associated with emergent asthma symptoms, and shows that education about environmental factors can play a part in improving health. Overall, he has 30 years of research experience in developing effective methods for teaching patients and health care professionals about asthma and environment issues. He was one of the developers of Open Airways for Schools, a school-based program for children with asthma aged 8-11 years that is now widely used in public elementary schools nationwide, and of the Physician Asthma Care Education program, a four-hour educational program for pediatricians now being disseminated through the NHLBI website. He has served on several NIH panels to improve the quality of asthma care, including the Data and Safety Monitoring Board of the NHLBI Children’s Asthma Management Program clinical trial (1992-2008), and the NHLBI Expert Panel (Report 3) on the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (2006-2007), and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Behavioral Science Assembly of the American Thoracic Society in 2005.
Since 1998, Dr. Evans has directed the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) for the Center.