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: Matthew Lee Smith
Term: 2015-18 
Ruopeng An
Anna Greer
Katie Heinrich
Adam Knowlden
Kaigang Li
Hsien-Chang Lin
Rachel Nolan
Mark Reed

  • Solicit and review applications for the Judy K. Black Award
  • Solicit and review nominations for the Research Laureate and Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Work with the Research Review Chair on the Conference Poster Awards (Professional and Student)
Diversity and Equity Council Chair: E. Lisako J. McKyer
Diane Abatemarco
Shevon Harvey
Yan Huang
Wenhua Lu
Ken McLeroy
Annie Nguyen
Jebose Okwumabua
Marcia Ory
David Seal
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
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
Idethia Shevon Harvey
Hsien-Chang Lin
Sarah Griffin 
Matthew Rossheim
Matthew Lee Smith

  • 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

Brian Colwell
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 (2018)  Chair:  Erika Trapl
Renée Umstattd Meyer (President)
Adam Barry (Past Chair)
Matthew Lee Smith (Awards Council)
Katie Dolphin (Marketing & Communications Council)
Mary Steinhardt  (Professional Development & Mentoring Council)
Leigh Ann Simmons (Resource Development Council)
Annie Nguyen (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
Renée Umstattd Meyer
Jay Maddock
Leigh Ann Simmons
Joanne Sommers
Erika Trapl
  • 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: Annie Nguyen
  • Release call for abstracts
  • Recruit abstract reviewers
  • Review annual meeting abstracts
  • Recruit poster judges
  • Judge posters at the annual meeting
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