Robert Anda graduated from Rush Medical College in 1979 and received his board certification in internal medicine in 1982. During 1982-1984 he completed a fellowship in preventive medicine at the University of Wisconsin, where he also received a Masters Degree in epidemiology.
In 1984, Anda was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. During his 25 years at CDC, he has conducted research in a variety of areas, including disease surveillance, behavioral health, mental health and disease, cardiovascular disease and childhood determinants of health.
Anda played the principal role in the design of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, subsequent analysis of the ACE Study data, and preparation of its numerous scientific publications. He serves as its co-principal investigator.
Anda has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, numerous government publications – such as the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) – and book chapters. In addition, he has received numerous awards and recognition for scientific achievements.
Currently, he is a senior scientific consultant to the CDC, with Carter Consulting and lives in Atlanta with his wife Kim and two children, Kelsey and Will.