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Honors & Awards

This article showcases some of SBM members' recent honors and awards. If you would like to have your honor or award featured in the next issue, please forward the details of your achievement to William J. Sieber, PhD, Outlook Editor. Congratulations to all of the following members.

Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH
Dr. Beckjord won the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh). The Pitt Innovation Challenge was sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. PInCh awarded three teams $100K for ideas that used technology to empower people to take control of their health. Dr. Beckjord received an award for her context-aware, mobile smartphone application that is focused on preventing self-regulatory failure. The current version, called QuitNinja, is being used to help people quit smoking. With the PInCh award, Dr. Beckjord will establish a collaboration with a machine learning scientist at the University of Pittsburgh to use data captured by QuitNinja (both user-reported and passively sensed) to predict, in real-time, when users are in need of real-time intervention to prevent smoking.

Chandra L. Ford, PhD, MPH, MLIS
Dr. Ford was recently selected by the Institute for Alternative Futures to receive a Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Award.

Katarina Friberg Felsted, MS
Ms. Friberg Felsted, faculty in the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program of the College of Nursing at the University of Utah, and first year PhD student in the Aging, End-of-Life and Cancer Nursing PhD program, has been named a 2014-2017 Noorda-Hartford Fellow as well as a 2014-2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar.

Ann Blair Kennedy, MA, LMT, Dr.PH(c)
Dr. Kennedy received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership at the University of South Carolina. This award is given to 2 deserving graduate students each year.  She received the award for her leadership and service to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF).  She has been a volunteer for the AMTA for 14 years at both state and National levels and currently serve on two National Standing Committees.  She has been a volunteer for the MTF since 2010 and now sits on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation.