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Fellows Class of 2019

Katie M. Heinrich, PhD

Kansas State University

Dr. Katie M. Heinrich is an Associate Professor of Exercise Behavioral Science in the Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University (KSU). She is the Director of the Functional Intensity Training Laboratory (, providing mentoring in applied exercise behavior and obesity research. The FIT Lab also promotes education and service by providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in exercise training through K-State CrossFit. Dr. Heinrich is recognized nationally and internationally for her research on high intensity functional training (HIFT), exercise and chronic disease, and the built environment. Her research aims are to study the effects of HIFT on fitness, health and psychosocial outcomes delivered in a group-based context. She focuses on populations across the lifespan including youth, active duty military (, healthy adults, overweight/obese adults, and cancer survivors. Dr. Heinrich’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Active Living Research (ALR), the Sunflower Foundation, and the State of Hawai’i Department of Health, for over $3.4 million and she has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Heinrich has served numerous times as a grant reviewer for the NIH, FEMA, CDC, and ALR and is an Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion and Crossing Borders. Dr. Heinrich has been a full member of the Academy since 2009. After attending her first annual meeting in 2011 and serving as a poster judge, Dr. Heinrich has not looked back. She feels that the key aspects that set apart the Academy from other professional organizations include the breadth of the science, the focus on health behavior theory to improve public health, and the collegial members. Although AAHB is a small organization, members include icons, leaders, and rising stars who have and will continue to shape the field of health behavior.


Scott Leatherdale, PhD

University of Waterloo - School of Public Health and Health Systems

Dr. Scott Leatherdale is a Professor, a CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health Research in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, and a University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo. His work focuses on advancing a systems science approach to primary prevention activities, developing and evaluating population-level health interventions across multiple risk factor domains, and creating research infrastructure to facilitate large population studies in chronic disease prevention. His work is designed to engage numerous stakeholders at multiple-levels (regional, provincial, national) to impact the Canadian population. The core foundation for his current program of research is the COMPASS System; a prospective cohort study following 75,000+ Canadian youth to evaluate how ongoing and real-world changes to programs, policies, or built environment resources surrounding youth impact multiple health behaviours and outcomes over time. Dr. Leatherdale was the inaugural winner of the Canadian CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award in Population Health Solutions. To date, he has been a Principal Investigator (PI) on 38 research grants totalling more than $8.7 million ($4.3 million in current funding),  has received salary awards totalling more than $1.5 million, and has published 220+ peer-reviewed journal articles (150+ first author or senior author papers), with more than 200 different co-authors. Given the value he places on supporting trainees, these manuscripts include 150+ instances where one or more trainees is an author, and 100+ manuscripts with a trainee as the first author.


Hsien-Chang Lin, PhD

Indiana University

Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at Indiana University School of Public Health at Bloomington. Before joining Indiana University, he was trained in Economics (BA and MAs), Sociology (BA), Health Policy and Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (dual PhD), and Pharmacoepidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research (Postdoc). His research program encompasses health services, health policy, pharmaceutical health outcomes, and health behavior research.

Guided by the socioecological model of health, Dr. Lin applies multidisciplinary perspectives and methods to bridge macro-level health policy analysis to micro-level health behavioral research. Recently, he is particularly interested in how policies may influence substance use/misuse behaviors, including e-cigarette vaping behaviors as well as physicians’ prescribing and patients’ use/misuse of prescription opioids. His work also focuses on adopting innovative methods to address complex health issues, such as using big data methods to deal with high-dimensional quantitative data in policy and genetics to study their influences on substance use/misuse behaviors. His research is supported by federal and state agencies including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Indiana State Department of Health.

Dr. Lin is a full member of AAHB since 2014 and has been active in his service to the Academy. He served as Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee (2018-2019), Chair of the Awards Council (2018-2021), Chair of the Research Review Committee (2015-2016), and serves on the AAHB Board of Directors (2018-2021). He enjoys being a devoted member of the Academy, his “academic home”. He continues to encourage students and colleagues to join this marvelous organization that has many phenomenal and passionate health behavior researchers.

Joanne Sommers, M.Ed.,CHES
Executive Director 
Phone: (419) 760-6020

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