The American Academy of Health Behavior

Academy Councils and Committees

There are many opportunities for Academy involvement. Members are encouraged to join a council or committee listed below by contacting the respective chair.

Members can also apply for the Annual Scientific Meeting Research Review Chair (formerly the Abstract chair) position by contacting AAHB Executive Director, Joanne Sommers at


 Chair and Members


Awards Council Chair: Hsien-Chang Lin
Term: 2018-2021
Ruopeng An
Katie Heinrich
Adam Knowlden
Kaigang Li
Wenhua Lu
Matthew Smith
Samuel Towne
Rachel Nolan
  • Solicit and review applications for the Judy K. Black Award
  • Solicit and review applications for the Mentorship Award
  • Work with the Research Review Chair on the Conference Poster Awards (Professional and Student)
Diversity and Equity Council Chair: Wenhua Lu
Xuewei Chen
Shevon Harvey
Yan Huang
E. Lisako J. McKyer

Ken McLeroy
Jebose Okwumabua
David Seal
Ledric Sherman 
Christina Sun
Erika S. Trapl
Mohammad Torabi
  •  Work with the executive board to facilitate adoption, integration and maintenance of diversity and equity values throughout AAHB membership and its activities.
  • Interface with and provide support to other councils and committees to fulfill their responsibilities as they relate to diversity and equity issues.
Marketing and Communications Council Chair: Kathryn E. Dolphin
Katie Heinrich
Adam Knowlden
Mark Reed
Kelli Will
  • Evaluate and update website
  • Conduct member surveys
  • Disseminate scientific information such as conference proceedings
  • Market the organization
Membership Development Council Chair: Julie Croff
Amanda Birnbaum
Jennie Kronenfeld
Philip Massey
Mary Nies
Robert M. Weiler
  • Build and maintain memberships
  • Screen and evaluate membership applications
  • Establish appropriate criteria for membership
  • Review allegations of unethical member conduct
  • Administer procedures for revocation of membership
  • Screen and evaluate members as potential Fellows
Professional Development and Mentoring Council Chair: Mary Steinhardt
Lauren Bartoszek
Sarah Griffin
Idethia Shevon Harvey
Wura Jacobs
Hsien-Chang Lin
Sarah Maness
Matthew Rossheim
Matthew Lee Smith
Erika Thompson
Amanda Wilkerson
  • To offer professional development opportunities for all levels of academy members: students, early career, established career
  • To facilitate year-round linkages and interactions between academy members
  • To promote increased recognition and honor of member accomplishments and contributions
Resource Development Council Chair: Leigh Ann Simmons

Anna Greer
Jessica Rath
  • Foster collaborative activities with governmental and scientific organizations
  • Provide a forum for other organizations to receive consultation/expertise from Academy members
  • Develop position papers, research summarize and guidelines for research competencies
  • Develop resources for the Academy


 Chair and Members


Conference Committee (2019) Chair: Hsien-Chang Lin 
Mark B. Reed (President)
Erika Trapl (Past Chair)
Katie Dolphin (Marketing & Communications Council)
Mary Steinhardt  (Professional Development & Mentoring Council)
Leigh Ann Simmons (Resource Development Council, Program Co-Chair)
Julie Croff (Program Co-Chair)
Wenhua Lu (Diversity and Equity Chair)
Daphne Hernandez (Research Review Chair)
Joanne Sommers (Executive Director)

  • Recommend conference theme and speakers proposals to the AAHB Board of Directors
  • Guide and invite speakers
  • Work with Marketing and Communications Council to promote the meeting through the Academy website, listserv, and other outlets
  • Coordinate awards with Awards Committee, workshops, and professional development luncheons with assistance from the Professional Development & Mentoring Council 
Finance CommitteeChair: Jessica Rath
Mark B. Reed
Lara McKenzie
Annie Nguyen
Renée Umstattd Meyer
Leigh Ann Simmons
Joanne Sommers
  • Make recommendations regarding fiscal policy to the Board of Directors, including but not limited to proposals and recommendations regarding investment and management of the Academy reserves
  • Perform accounting and fiscal procedures
  • Provide annual and conference budgets
  • Review Academy expenditures
Research Review CommitteeChair: Daphne Hernandez
Annie Nguyen
Philip Massey
  • Release call for abstracts
  • Recruit abstract reviewers
  • Review annual meeting abstracts
  • Recruit poster judges
  • Judge posters at the annual meeting
Joanne Sommers, M.Ed.,CHES
Executive Director 
Phone: (419) 760-6020

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