Research fellow

Dr. Tilman Brand

Curriculum vitae

  • since 03/2012 Head of Unit Social Epidemiology, BIPS, Bremen
  • 05/2007-02/2012 Research associate at the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN)
  • 04/2007-06/2007 Research associate at the Collaborative Research Center "Transformations of the State", University of Bremen
  • 10/2001-03/2007 Studies in sociology, economics and politics at the universities of Marburg, Leicester, UK, and Bremen, Degree: Diploma in Sociology

Research interests

  • Social determinants of health
  • Evidence-based prevention and health promotion
  • Life-course related prevention



Selected publications

  • Articles with peer-review

  • Ahmed F, Ahmad G, Paff K, Samkange-Zeeb F, Brand T. A cross-sectional community readiness assessment for implementing school-based comprehensive sexuality education in Islamabad, Pakistan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(4):1497.
  • Krist L, Dornquast C, Reinhold T, Becher H, Jöckel K-H, Schmidt B, Schramm S, Icke K, Danquah I, Willich SN, Keil T, Brand T. Association of acculturation status with longitudinal changes in health-related quality of life - Results from a cohort study of adults with Turkish origin in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(6):2827.
  • Müllmann S, Brand T, Jürgens D, Gansefort D, Zeeb H. How many key informants are enough? Analysing the validity of the community readiness assessment. BMC Research Notes. 2021;14:85.
  • Tönnies T, Pohlabeln H, Eichler M, Zeeb H, Brand T. Relative and absolute socioeconomic inequality in smoking: Time trends in Germany from 1995 to 2013. Annals of Epidemiology. 2021;53:89-94.e2.
  • Ahmed F, Ahmad G, Brand T, Zeeb H. Key indicators for appraising adolescent sexual and reproductive health in South Asia: International expert consensus exercise using the Delphi technique. Global Health Action. 2020;13(1):1830555.
  • Bauer J, Brand T, Zeeb H. Pre-migration socioeconomic status and post-migration health satisfaction among Syrian refugees in Germany: A cross-sectional analysis. PLoS Medicine. 2020;17(3):e1003093.
  • Bradby H, Lindenmeyer A, Phillimore J, Padilla B, Brand T. 'If there were doctors who could understand our problems, I would already be better': Dissatisfactory health care and marginalisation in superdiverse neighbourhoods. Sociology of Health and Illness. 2020;42(4):739-757.
  • Brand T, Barbek R, Gencer H, Samkange-Zeeb F, Zeeb H. Soziokulturell sensible Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung. Entwicklung eines theoretischen Rahmenmodells und Ergebnisse einer Befragung unter Bewegungsförderungsprojekten. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2020;82(2):202-208.
  • Gansefort D, Peters M, Brand T. Wie bereit ist die Kommune? Das Community Readiness-Modell und die beispielhafte Anwendung in der kommunalen Gesundheitsförderung. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2020; (Epub 2020 Apr 28).
  • Morawa E, Brand T, Dragano N, Jöckel K-H, Moebus S, Erim Y. Associations between acculturation, depressive symptoms, and life satisfaction among migrants of Turkish origin in Germany: Gender- and generation-related aspects. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2020;11:715.
  • Samkange-Zeeb F, Borisova L, Padilla B, Bradby H, Phillimore J, Zeeb H, Brand T. Superdiversity, migration and use of internet-based health information - Results of a cross-sectional survey conducted in 4 European countries. BMC Public Health. 2020;20:1263.
  • Bradby H, Phillimore J, Padilla B, Brand T. Making gendered healthcare work visible: Over-looked labour in four diverse European settings. Social Inclusion. 2019;7(2):33-43.
  • Brand T, Gencer H, Jahn I. Gendertransformative Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung. Public Health Forum. 2019;27(2):126-128.
  • Brand T, Samkange-Zeeb F, Dragano N, Keil T, Krist L, Yesil-Jürgens R, Schlaud M, Jöckel K-H, Razum O, Reiss K, Greiser KH, Zimmermann H, Becher H, Zeeb H. Participation of Turkish migrants in an epidemiological study: Does the recruitment strategy affect the sample characteristics? Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2019;21(4):811-819.
  • Phillimore J, Bradby H, Brand T. Superdiversity, population health and health care: Opportunities and challenges in a changing world. Public Health. 2019;172:93-98.
  • Phillimore J, Brand T, Bradby H, Padilla B. Healthcare bricolage in Europe's superdiverse neighbourhoods: A mixed methods study. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:1325.
  • Samkange-Zeeb F, Foraita R, Rach S, Brand T. Feasibility of using respondent-driven sampling to recruit participants in superdiverse neighbourhoods for a general health survey. International Journal of Public Health. 2019;64(3):451-459.
  • Wichmann F, Brand T, Gansefort D, Darmann-Finck I. Ready to participate? Using qualitative data to typify older adults' reasons for (non-) participation in a physical activity promotion intervention. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:1327.
  • Adjei N, Brand T. Investigating the associations between productive housework activities, sleep hours and self-reported health among elderly men and women in western industrialised countries. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:110.
  • Adjei N, Jonnson KR, Brand T. Time spent on work-related activities, social activities and time pressure as intermediary determinants of health disparities among elderly women and men in 5 European countries: A structural equation model. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2018;17:121.
  • Ernst SA, Brand T, Lhachimi SK, Zeeb H. Combining internet-based and postal survey methods in a survey among gynecologists: Results of a randomized trial. Health Services Research. 2018;53(2):879-895.
  • Ernst SA, Brand T, Petersen K, Zeeb H. Variation in the definition of intrauterine growth restriction in routine antenatal care: A physician survey among gynecologists in Northwest Germany. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. 2018;31(16):2141-2147.
  • Gansefort D, Princk C, Brand T, Zeeb H. Community readiness for the promotion of physical activity in older adults - A cross-sectional comparison of rural and urban communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018;15(3):453.
  • Gezie LD, Yalew AW, Gete YK, Azale T, Brand T, Zeeb H. Socio-economic, trafficking exposures and mental health symptoms of human trafficking returnees in Ethiopia: Using a generalized structural equation modelling. International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 2018;12:62.
  • Wijekoon Mudiyanselage KW, Samkange-Zeeb F, Brand T, Zeeb H. Exploring ethnic differences in understanding of self-rated health among persons of Turkish, Bosnian and German origin. BMC Research Notes. 2018;11:903.
  • Adjei N, Brand T, Zeeb H. Gender inequality in self-reported health among the elderly in contemporary welfare countries: A cross-country analysis of time use activities, socioeconomic positions and family characteristics. PLOS ONE. 2017;12(9):e0184676.
  • Brand T, Jahn I, Pohlabeln H, Böttcher S, Hense S, Hebestreit A, Ahrens W. Comparing strategies to improve the implementation of healthy nutrition in kindergartens: A prospective observational study. Journal of Public Health. 2017;25(3):299-310.
  • Brand T, Samkange-Zeeb F, Ellert U, Keil T, Krist L, Dragano N, Jöckel K-H, Razum O, Reiss K, Greiser KH, Zimmermann H, Becher H, Zeeb H. Acculturation and health-related quality of life: Results from the German National Cohort migrant feasibility study. International Journal of Public Health. 2017;62(5):521-529.
  • Ernst SA, Brand T, Reeske A, Spallek J, Petersen K, Zeeb H. Care-related and maternal risk factors associated with the antenatal nondetection of intrauterine growth restriction: A case-control study from Bremen, Germany. BioMed Research International. 2017;2017:1746146.
  • Forberger S, Bammann K, Bauer J, Boll S, Bolte G, Brand T, Hein A, Koppelin F, Lippke S, Meyer J, Pischke CR, Voelcker-Rehage C, Zeeb H, on behalf of the AEQUIPA consortium. How to tackle key challenges in the promotion of physical activity among older adults (65+): The AEQUIPA network approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017;14(4):379.
  • Jahn I, Börnhorst C, Günther F, Brand T. Examples of sex/gender sensitivity in epidemiological research: Results of an evaluation of original articles published in JECH 2006-2014. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2017;15:11.
  • Morawa E, Dragano N, Jöckel K-H, Moebus S, Brand T, Erim Y. Somatization among persons with Turkish origin: Results of the pretest of the German National Cohort Study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2017;96:1-9.
  • Müllmann S, Bragina I, Voelcker-Rehage C, Rost E, Lippke S, Meyer J, Schnauber J, Wasmann M, Toborg M, Koppelin F, Brand T, Zeeb H, Pischke CR. Development and evaluation of two web-based interventions for the promotion of physical activity in older adults: Study protocol for a community-based controlled intervention trial. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:512.
  • Müllmann S, Landgraf-Rauf K, Brand T, Zeeb H, Pischke CR. Wirksamkeit von schulbasierten Interventionen zur Prävention und/oder Reduktion psychosozialer Probleme bei Kindern und Jugendlichen: Ein Review von Reviews. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2017;79(4):252-260.
  • Schönbach J, Pfinder M, Börnhorst C, Zeeb H, Brand T. Changes in sports participation across transition to retirement: Modification by migration background and acculturation status. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017;14(11):1356.
  • Sierau S, Brand T, Manly JT, Michel A, Klein AM, Andreas A, Garzón LQ, Keil J, Binser MJ, von Klitzing K, White LO. A multisource approach to assessing child maltreatment from records, caregivers, and children. Child Maltreatment. 2017;22(1):45-57.
  • Ubert T, Forberger S, Gansefort D, Zeeb H, Brand T. Community capacity building for physical activity promotion among older adults - A literature review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017;14(9):1058.
  • Brand T, Gansefort D, Rothgang H, Roeseler S, Meyer J, Zeeb H. Promoting community readiness for physical activity among older adults in Germany - Protocol of the Ready To Change intervention trial. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:99.
  • Makarova N, Brand T, Brünings-Kuppe C, Pohlabeln H, Luttmann S. A comparative analysis of premature mortality among urban immigrants in Bremen, Germany: A retrospective register-based linkage study. BMJ Open. 2016;6(3):e007875.
  • Sierau S, Dähne V, Brand T, Kurtz V, von Klitzing K, Jungmann T. Effects of home visitation on maternal competencies, family environment, and child development: A randomized controlled trial. Prevention Science. 2016;17(1):40-51.
  • Brand T, Böttcher S, Jahn I. Wie erreichen Präventionsprojekte ihre Zielgruppen? Auswertung einer Befragung der im Rahmen des BMBF-Förderschwerpunkts Präventionsforschung geförderten Projekte. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2015;77(12):960-965.
  • Brand T, Kleer D, Samkange-Zeeb F, Zeeb H. Prävention bei Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2015;58(6):584-592.
  • Jahn I, Gansefort D, Lehmann F, Walter U, Brand T. Zielgruppen erreichen - Zugangswege gestalten. Ergebnisse einer Befragung von Expertinnen und Experten zu Empfehlungen für Wissenschaft und Praxis. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2015;77(Suppl. 1):S47-S48.
  • Jungmann T, Brand T, Dähne V, Herrmann P, Günay H, Sandner M, Sierau S. Comprehensive evaluation of the Pro Kind home visiting program: A summary of results. Mental Health and Prevention. 2015;3(3):89-97.
  • Phillimore J, Bradby H, Knecht M, Padilla B, Brand T, Cheung SY, Pemberton S, Zeeb H. Understanding healthcare practices in superdiverse neighbourhoods and developing the concept of welfare bricolage: Protocol of a cross-national mixed-methods study. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2015;15:16.
  • Pöttgen S, Samkange-Zeeb F, Brand T, Steenbock B, Pischke CR. Wie wirksam sind schulbasierte Interventionen zur Prävention und/oder Reduktion von Substanzkonsum bei Schülern/-innen in Grund- und Sekundarschulen? Eine systematische Übersicht vorhandener Reviews. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2015;58(6):609-619.
  • Samkange-Zeeb F, Ernst SA, Klein-Ellinghaus F, Brand T, Reeske-Behrens A, Plumbaum T, Zeeb H. Assessing the acceptability and usability of an internet-based intelligent health assistant developed for use among Turkish migrants: Results of a study conducted in Bremen, Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015;12(12):15339-15351.
  • Steenbock B, Pischke CR, Schönbach J, Pöttgen S, Brand T. Wie wirksam sind ernährungs- und bewegungsbezogene primärpräventive Interventionen im Setting Kita? Ein Review von Reviews. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2015;58(6):609-619.
  • Zeeb H, Makarova N, Brand T, Knecht M. Superdiversity - A new concept for migrant health? Public Health Forum. 2015;23(2):124-125.
  • Brand T, Jungmann T. Participant characteristics and process variables predict attrition from a home-based early intervention program. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 2014;29(2):155-167.
  • Brand T, Pischke CR, Steenbock B, Schönbach J, Pöttgen S, Samkange-Zeeb F, Zeeb H. What works in community-based interventions promoting physical activity and healthy eating? A review of reviews. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014;11(6):5866-5888.
  • Ernst SA, Reeske A, Spallek J, Petersen K, Brand T, Zeeb H. Care-related factors associated with antepartal diagnosis of intrauterine growth restriction: A case-control study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2014;14:371.
  • Jungmann T, Brand T. Die besten Absichten zu haben ist notwendig, aber nicht hinreichend - Qualitätsdimensionen in den Frühen Hilfen. Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie. 2012;61:727-737.
  • Kurtz V, Brand T, Maier-Pfeiffer A, Hartmann S, Jungmann T. Implementierung Früher Hilfen für Familien mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund. Ergebnisse des Modellprojekts "Pro Kind". Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung. 2012;7(2):135-141.
  • Sierau S, Brand T, Jungmann T. Parental involvement in home visiting: Interpersonal predictors and correlates. Infant Mental Health Journal. 2012;33(5):489-495.
  • Articles without peer-review

  • Brand T, Jungmann T. Wie gelingt eine erfolgreiche Umsetzung Früher Hilfen in die Praxis. Sozialmagazin. 2012;37(12):40-46.
  • Books

  • Phillimore J, Bradby H, Brand T, Padilla B, Pemberton S. Exploring welfare bricolage in Europe's superdiverse neighbourhoods. London: Routledge; 2021.
  • Brand T, Jungmann T, editors. Kinder schützen, Familien stärken. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa; 2013.
  • Contributions to books and proceedings

  • Brand T. Dimensionen gesundheitlicher Ungleichheit. In: Haring R, editors. Gesundheitswissenschaften. Berlin: Springer. 2019. S. 445-456.
  • Meyer J, Beck E, von Holdt K, Gansefort D, Brand T, Zeeb H, Boll S. ActiStairs: Design and acceptance of a technology-based intervention to advocate stair-climbing in public spaces. In: Boll S, Jain R, O'Connor NE, McDaniel T, Meyer J, editors. Proceedings of the ACM HealthMedia workshop (HealthMedia '18. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 2018. S. 59-66.
  • Brand T, Gansefort D, Forberger S, Ubert T, Bröring E, Zeeb H. Bewegungsförderliche Kommune? Bedarfsermittlung und Entwicklung lokaler Steuerungskapazitäten. In: Pfannstiel M, Focke A, Mehlich H, editors. Management von Gesundheitsregionen II. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler. 2017. S. 51-60.
  • Adamaszek K, Brand T, Kurtz V, Jungmann T. Stärkung psychischer Ressourcen im Rahmen Früher Hilfen. In: Makowsky K, Schücking B, editors. Was sagen die Mütter? Qualitative und quantitative Forschung rund um Schwangerschaft, Geburt und Wochenbett. Weinheim: Juventa. 2013. S. 204-224.
  • Klein-Ellinghaus F, Brand T, Zeeb H. Demographischer Wandel und Gesundheit von Migrantinnen und Migranten in Deutschland - Neue Möglichkeiten durch IT-basierte Anwendungen. In: Esen E, Borde T, editors. Forschen, Lehren und Zusammenarbeiten in Gesellschaft, Gesundheit und Bildung. Ankara: Siyasal Kitabevi. 2013. S. 170-182.
  • Brand T, Kurtz V, Jungmann T. Zwischen Gesundheit und Sozialem - Vernetzung im Kontext Früher Hilfen. In: Kirch W, Hoffmann T, Pfaff H, editors. Prävention und Versorgung. Stuttgart: Thieme. 2012. S. 113-124.
  • Commentaries

  • Jahn I, Gansefort D, Brand T. Epidemiologie trifft Intersektionalität. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2015;77(4):239.

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