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2006 Winner of the Judy K. Black Award

Lisa Benz Scott, PhD, MSLisa Benz Scott, PhD, MS

Schools of Health Technology and Management, Medicine (Preventive, Family, and Population; Cardiovascular), and Dental Medicine
Stony Brook University

Research Interests and Accomplishments

Dr. Benz Scott has expertise in community-based participatory research and community engaged scholarship, and behavioral research applied to the problem of low rates of referral and enrollment of women and racial/ethnic minorities to outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services in a variety of health care settings and systems. In the last few years, she has focused on intervention research involving lay health advisors who are trained to promote and support health care service utilization as patient navigators. Since the time Dr. Benz Scott was named the inaugural recipient of the Judy K Black award, she has earned tenure (2008) and Full Professor (2015) at Stony Brook University, Health Sciences Center. She now has nearly 15 years of practice and research-based expertise in the fields of health behavior and health communication, community health and patient education, and participatory research in partnership with diverse communities to address priority public health and healthcare issues. She has served as a PI, Co-PI, Co-I, and consultant on research as well as inter-professional education programs, and research mentoring programs that are focused on community engaged research. In addition to her research activities, she is Director of a nationally accredited graduate program in public health (accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health), and served as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Health Technology and Management (2006-2012). She has served on the Board of Directors of the AAHB since 2010 in a variety of roles, most recently as Chair of the Professional Development and Mentoring Council. She has advised/mentored more than 50 graduate students in health professions in her 13 years as a full-time faculty member. She has taught approximately 400 graduate students in topics including patient health education and community health, program planning and implementing, research design, proposal writing, and related topics.

Quote from Dr. Benz Scott

“This award has meant so much to me on both a professional and personal level. I had the pleasure of knowing Judy K. Black from 1994 until her untimely death in 2003. Judy was a beloved friend and mentor to me, along with her husband, a Professor at Purdue University, and founding leader (and Past President) of the Academy, Dr. David R. Black. It was a great loss to many Academy members when Judy died, and I consider it a tremendous honor to be the inaugural recipient of this prestigious award. The scholars who have followed me in earning the distinction as a JKB awardee over the last decade have “upped the ante” in terms of depth and breadth of research contributions at an early stage of their career. I am extremely impressed and humbled to be the first among an exceptional group of scholars, and thank the Academy leaders for continuing to honor Judy’s memory while recognizing rising stars within the health behavior research community.”

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