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3 Minute Thesis Competition Winners

Paul BranscumThe American Academy of Health Behavior invites graduate students and newly graduated post-doctoral professionals within 2-years of their post doctoral degree and not yet in a tenure-track position to participate in the annual 3-minute Thesis (3MT) Competition at each year's AAHB Scientific Meeting. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges presenters to deliver a compelling oral presentation on their research agenda, highlighting the significance and impact of their research in no more than 180 seconds using a single slide.

2023 Winners

Judges 1st Place Award

Idara Akpan, MPH
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Pregnancy Intention and Contraception Method Use among Women Aged15-49 Years in the United States: 2017-2019 National Survey Of Family Growth

People’s Choice Award

Hannah Appleseth, MA
Oklahoma State University
Female adolescents and young adults can be negatively impacted by any form of parental alcohol risk.

Previous Years Winners


  • 1st Place Award:
    Cassandra Beattie
    Kansas State University
    University gyms are not as inclusive as they appear: Graduate students, non-traditional students, international students, and faculty agree
  • Runner Up Award:
    Annalynn Galvin
    University of North Texas Health Science Center
    “The chances are zero”: Contraception use and perceived susceptibility to pregnancy among women experiencing homelessness
  • People's Choice Award:
    Abbie Luzius
    Community Clinic
    Factors Associated with Increased Social Risk of Expectant Mothers Seen at a Community Health Clinic


  • Judge's Winner:
    Shuhan Yuan, Indiana University
  • People's Choice Winner:
    Tzung-Shiang OU, MS, RN, Indiana University


  • Three Minute Thesis Winner:
    Layton Reesor, The University of Houston
  • Three Minute Thesis People’s Choice (same person as above):
    Layton Reesor, The University of Houston
  • Three Minute Thesis Runner-Up:
    Tzung-Shiang Ou, Indiana University
  • Three Minute Thesis Second Runner-Up:
    Matthew Kearney, Drexel University


  • 1st Place Award & People's Choice Award:
    Vinu IIakkuvan, George Washington University
  • 2nd Place Award:
    Taylor Lensch, University of Nevada, Reno


  • 1st Place:
    Brittany Hollerbach, Kansas State University
  • People's Choice:
    Xuewei Chen, Texas A&M University

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