Peter S. Hovmand, PhD, MSW

Pamela B. Davis MD PhD Professor of Medicine
Center for Community Health Integration
School of Medicine
Professor of General Medical Sciences
School of Medicine
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Case School of Engineering

Prior to joining the Center for Community Health Integration, Dr. Hovmand founded and led the Brown School’s Social System Design Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hovmand has a degree in electrical engineering and mathematics with a MSW and PhD from Michigan State University in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Social Work and Community Ecological Psychology and cognate in Women’s Studies/Feminist Philosophy.

Dr. Hovmand’s research focuses on advancing methods for understanding and preventing structural violence with a specific emphasis on advancing knowledge on multilevel feedback systems. Over the last 25 years, their work has focused on innovations in applying system dynamics group model building and formal modeling with computer simulations to understand the structures underlying gender inequality, structural racism, and more broadly, social determinants of health across a variety of outcomes, from pediatric obesity and interpersonal violence to household air pollution and cancer.

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Professor Hovmand is the author of Community Based System Dynamics, led the creation of Scriptapedia as a knowledge commons of group model building scripts, co-founded/co-led the System Dynamics Society’s Diversity Committee and Structural Racism Special Interest Group, and serves as an Associate Editor for System Dynamics Review. 

Dr. Hovmand’s work has been funded by National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lupina Foundation, SkipNV, , Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellesley Institute in Toronto Canada, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, and Google among others. Community based projects have spanned the globe and highlighted the similarity of the social conditions underlying structural violence.

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Understanding and preventing structural violence (gender-based violence, structural racism)
  • Multilevel nonlinear feedback systems
  • Implementation science
  • Capability traps in human service delivery networks
  • Facilitating transdisciplinary team science
  • Inclusive research communities of practice
  • Feminist social epistemology
  • Philosophy of social science