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Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD

October 29, 2014
Dr. Pagoto's research on tanning beds on college campuses appeared in NPR health news. "Tobacco and alcohol are not allowable purchases on many campuses," Pagoto says in the piece, "We would encourage colleges to take that one step further and add tanning to that list." Read the full article.

Kate Wolin, ScD

October 6, 2014
Dr. Wolin appeared on The Dr. Oz Show for a segment about slashing cancer risk. She and Oz discussed the effects of a new test that gives patients an evidence-based way to assess their own individual cancer risk. Watch the video.

Felix A. Okah, MD, MS, FAAP

September 23 and 26, 2014
A study by Dr. Okah found that living in a zip code with more violence increases the chances of having a premature or low birth weight baby. Dr. Okah’s work was featured in a Kansas City Fox 4 news segment and in a UMKC Today article.

Robin M. Lally, PhD, MS, BA, RN, AOCN

September 25, 2014
Dr. Lally’s work involves American Cancer Society-funded development and testing of an Internet-based, self-guided psychoeducational intervention called CaringGuidance: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. It is aimed at reducing distress and facilitating coping and psychological adjustment among women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Her work was featured in the UB Reporter. Read the article.

Redford B. Williams Jr., MD

August 20, 2014
Dr. Williams has received the International Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (ISBM) 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. It is the highest honor bestowed by ISBM.
Dr. Williams, an SBM fellow and the society's president from 1983-84, was given the award August 20 during ISBM’s 13th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Groningen, The Netherlands. Dr. Williams was recognized for “outstanding contributions to behavioral medicine throughout his whole career,” according to ISBM.
“Dr. Williams’ research is outstanding and very well acknowledged in the field of behavioral medicine,” ISBM President Joost Dekker said in a statement, according to The Herald-Sun.
Dr. Williams is an author or co-author of 10 books and more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is also an international authority on how hostility and anger contribute to coronary heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses, according to The Herald-Sun. Dr. Williams received SBM’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 1992. He is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, where he also is director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center.

Edward McAuley, PhD, and Neha Gothe, PhD

August 20, 2014
Drs. McAuley and Gothe studied how yoga impacts brain functioning. Their results, which show yoga practitioners improve working memory capacity, were featured on TIME magazine's website. Read the article.

Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP

August 1, 2014
Dr. Spring's study showing adults who make healthier choices can reduce heart disease risk was published in Circulation and was profiled by The Nation's Health. The study dismissed the idea that once health damage is done it's too late to reverse it. Read the article.

David E. Conroy, PhD

May 6, 2014
Dr. Conroy's research at Penn State on fitness apps and their motivational techniques was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and was featured on NPR. Read the article.

Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD

May 6, 2014
Dr. Pagoto's research at University of Massachusetts Medical School on how social media may change health habits was featured on Boston's local news channel WCVB. Watch the clip.

Karina W. Davidson, PhD

February 5, 2014
Dr. Davidson was appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) as an expert in prevention and primary care. The new additions to the task force were appointed by the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with guidance from task force leadership. Appointees will serve four-year terms.

David B. Abrams, PhD

November 19, 2013
On March 16, 2014, at the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) Annual Meeting, Dr. Abrams will be named the 2014 AAHB Research Laureate. The research laureate is the highest award bestowed by the academy, and honors an individual who has made a significant and enduring contribution to health behavior research. Dr. Abrams provides scientific leadership in the general areas of health promotion and disease prevention—with a focus on tobacco control—by embracing transdisciplinary research strategies to put what we know into widespread practice and policy. As the 13th recipient of the Research Laureate Award, Dr. Abrams joins the most elite group of health behavior researchers in the nation.

Abby C. King, PhD

November 19, 2013
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will include Dr. King’s research on “Virtual Advisors for Physical Activity Promotion in Underserved Communities” in a spring 2014 campaign highlighting health equity research underway at AAMC member institutions nationwide. As part of this initiative, the AAMC invited 10 principal investigators to submit short snapshot videos describing their newly-funded research, its goals, and its potential impact on community health and health inequities. These projects were selected to represent research on a wide array of health outcomes and populations, and to demonstrate how research at every stage—from fundamental discovery science to community-based participatory research—contributes to closing or narrowing gaps in heath and health care. The Health Equity Research Snapshot will launch in March 2014 across multiple AAMC communication channels, and it will feature prominently on AAMC’s Health Equity Research and Policy Web page.

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH; Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN; and Peter Salovey, PhD

October 21, 2013
Drs. Glanz, Melnyk, and Salovey were among the 70 new people elected into the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, and it recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. See the full list of new inductees in the IOM news release.

Jerry M. Suls, PhD

October 20, 2013
Dr. Suls has been appointed senior scientist in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP), an extramural program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) which recently reorganized into six scientific branches: the Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch; the Health Behaviors Research Branch; the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch; the Process of Care Research Branch; the Science of Research and Technology Branch; and the Tobacco Control Research Branch. Suls will assist program staff and BRP Associate Director William Klein in the development of new initiatives.
“Dr. Suls’ exemplary accomplishments and experience as a researcher, investigator, faculty member, editor, and reviewer position him well to help us nurture new areas of research at the interface of behavioral science and cancer,” Klein said.  “We will be taking advantage of this background to further elucidate the behavioral and psychosocial antecedents and consequences of cancer outcomes.”

Norman B. Anderson, PhD, and David B. Allison, PhD

October 15, 2012
Drs. Anderson and Allison were among the 80 new people elected into the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. See the full list of new inductees in the IOM news release.

Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD

September 7, 2012
Dr. Diefenbach has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Office of the National Coordinator’s competition titled, “Using Public Data for Cancer Prevention: From Innovation to Impact.” Entrants were asked to develop innovative software applications that address challenges faced by consumers, clinicians, or researchers at one or more points on the cancer control continuum. The apps were to use public data relevant to cancer prevention and control, and were to have the potential to integrate with existing technology platforms. Each of the semi-finalists received a $10,000 prize and are now competing for the $20,000 grand prize, to be determined in November. Dr. Diefenbach’s project “Health Owl” uses data from the NCI's physician data query clinical trial registry, from Medline+, and from www.StateCancerProfiles.cancer.gov. “Health Owl” aims to make cancer screening and its decision making process simple and reliable by providing tailored recommendations based on recorded family history and demographic variables. Read more on the ONC’s website.

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