Brian Flay, DPhil, is a professor of Public Health at Oregon State University. He was previously a Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Flay received his doctorate from Waikato University in New Zealand in 1976.
His research focuses on understanding and preventing the adoption of unsafe behaviors. He is currently involved in two projects (in Chicago and Hawaii elementary schools) to evaluate the Positive Action program, a comprehensive character education, and prevention program designed to prevent negative and unhealthy behaviors (including substance use), increase positive behaviors, and improve academic achievement. These studies are funded by NIDA and the US Department of Education.