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Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award

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Judy K BlackThis award commemorates the life and honors the memory of Judy K. Black. Judy was the wife of Purdue Professor Emeritus, Dr. David R. “Randy” Black, who served as one of four executive committee members to establish the Academy and was a past president (2005-2006). Judy died tragically in a traffic accident on January 31, 2003. Judy’s legacy was to foster the development and enhance the skills of others and to encourage them to maximize their full potential while making the world a better place to live. Maximizing potential meant to her to “mine” opportunities, to report new discoveries, to make major contributes to society, and to make the future brighter and more hopeful. Past awardees exemplify Judy’s legacy.

Judy also was an exemplar in how she led her life. She was a devoted wife, mother, and life partner. She was a mentor and confidant to graduate students who Randy supervised throughout his tenure at Purdue. She would talk with students on the phone, share her home, offer meals, and host social events so students could get to know her and each other. She provided insights about how to succeed in graduate school and life, and modeled the importance of maintaining balance while accomplishing a variety of personal and professional responsibilities. 

The Judy K. Black Award recognizes early-career health behavior research that is innovative and rigorous and that makes an important contribution to science or practice.

To be eligible to receive the award, applicants must be:

  • An AAHB Affiliate or Full member in good standing for 2 years
  • In the early stage of their career (within 5 years of post-doctoral or other terminal degree)

To be selected for the award, applicants must first submit an abstract for presentation at the AAHB annual meeting and indicate their interest in being considered for the award. Their submitted abstract should clearly reflect data-based, meta-analytic, or theory development research related to health behavior. If these criteria are met, applicants are asked to submit an official application packet consisting of a:

  • A complete manuscript representing their submitted abstract
  • A research statement highlighting their research interests, career ambitions, and accomplishments
  • A full curriculum vitae (with a CV consolidation form)
  • Two letters of support

After a thorough and rigorous review of application packets by the AAHB Awards Council, an awardee is selected.

  • The awardee is recognized at the annual conference and receives a waived registration fee and personalized plaque.
  • The Judy K. Black Award Winner will provide a 15 minute presentation during the meeting.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ruopeng An.

Award Winners

Jessica King Jensen, PhD

2022
Jessica King Jensen, PhD

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Erika L. Thompson, PhD, MPH

2020
Erika L. Thompson, PhD, MPH

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Ashley L. Merianos, PhD

2019
Ashley L. Merianos, PhD

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Wenhua Lu, PhD, MS

2018
Wenhua Lu, PhD, MS

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Samuel D. Towne Jr., PhD, MPH, CPH

2017
Samuel D. Towne Jr., PhD, MPH, CPH

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Dr. Adam P. Knowlden

2016
Adam P. Knowlden, PhD

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Ruopeng An, PhD

2015
Ruopeng An, PhD

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Kaigang Li, PhD, MEd, CHES

2014
Kaigang Li, PhD, MEd, CHES

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Matthew Lee Smith

2013
Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES

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Adam Leventhal, PhD

2012
Adam Leventhal, PhD

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Y. Alicia Hong, PhD

2010
Y. Alicia Hong, PhD

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2009
Meena Fernandes, PhD

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2007
Yvonne Brooks, PhD

Lisa Benz Scott, PhD, MS

2006
Lisa Benz Scott, PhD, MS

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