Ryan Powell

Credentials: PhD, MA

Position title: Director of Data Science

Email: rpowell@medicine.wisc.edu

Website: NCBI Publications

Ryan Powell smiles for his bio photo. He has short light brown hair, light brown glasses, and he wears a light blue button up.


As the Director of Data Science in the Center for Health Disparities Research, Ryan leads CHDR scientific initiatives and fosters collaborative research to understand the social determinants of health and related disparities. Ryan also oversees research development for the 22-site NIH the Neighborhoods Study—the largest study of its kind to evaluate how the social exposome impacts the biological processes underlying Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Ryan is a social scientist with a PhD degree in health services research from the Boston University School of Public Health and a Master of Arts in experimental psychology from Wake Forest University. He is dedicated to promoting health equity by facilitating, guiding, and promoting interdisciplinary collaborative science that leads to new research discoveries and practical ways to target and disrupt the causes of health disparities.