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  • 12 Aug 2018 8:14 AM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Health Behavior Research Special Issue Call for Papers

    Special Issue:

    Guest Editors: Erika Trapl, PhD, Associate Professor of Population & Quantitative Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, and E. Lisako J. McKyer, PhD, MPH, FAAHB, Associate Professor of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences, Texas A&M School of Public Health. 

    Health equity allows for individuals and communities to have fair opportunities to reach optimal levels of health, by paying particular attention to those at greatest risk. It extends beyond identifying health disparities. Health behavior research using a health equity lens requires researchers to more expressly consider multiple contexts in understanding (and modifying) health-related behaviors and disparities in outcomes.  The results of such studies are critical to advancing our knowledge base, and for making meaningful progress toward optimal health and health equity.

    We invite contributions from relevant research initiatives that focus on health equity in the context of health behavior change. 

    Papers should examine some aspect of health equity as it relates to:

    • Testing theoretical principles across a diverse array of settings and populations to enable investigators to better specify the scope of a theory;
    • Further developing processes that shape primary constructs identified in health behavior theories to inform guidelines for strategies to target constructs in policy, planning, and practice;
    • Addressing the causal processes invoked by mediators and moderators that inform theory refinement;
    • Providing empirical evidence that informs researchers about the potential factors that lack predictive and explanatory health behaviors so as to refine and reduce the number of constructs within existing theories that predict and explain health behavior;
    • Providing rationale for theory refinement based on application and rigorous testing.
    • Addressing new and emerging concepts and theory used in health behavior research, conceptual frameworks, methods, and analyses.

    Authors are asked to submit a paper that meets the following requirements:

    • 250 word abstract
    • no more than 4,000 words
    • total limit of 6 tables, 6 figures, or a combination of 6 tables and figures
    • American Psychological Association Manual of Style, 6th edition
    • Authors must include 1-2 discussion questions related to their article
    • Follow formatting rules outlined at the HBR webpage:

    Each paper will be considered under a rigorous peer review process. All questions should be directed to the guest editors: Drs. Lisako McKyer ( ) and Erika Trapl ( Manuscripts should be submitted to

    Submission Deadline: September 7, 2018

    Publication Date: Mid-November, 2018

  • 07 Feb 2017 12:03 PM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)

    Click here to access the AAHB 2017 1st Quarter Newsletter!

    Read more about the #AAHB2017 Annual Scientific Meeting next month in Tucson, Arizona.

    Read about promotions and awards of our members including Drs. Kelli Will, Lawrence Green, Shervin Assari, and Chandra Ford.

    Read about a cutting-edge health behavior research app, publications and grants in the areas of injury prevention, substance abuse and addictions, medical marijuana laws, applied psychology, military fitness, behavioral risk factors, and more!

  • 28 Nov 2016 8:35 AM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Dear AAHB Members,

    Today, the American Academy of Health Behavior is proud to announce the launch of our new journal, Health Behavior Research.  This journal is the product of the hard work of many of our members over the past several years.  We hope that the papers in this journal will help us to advance the field with strong empirical articles and insightful theoretical pieces.  The journal is now officially accepting papers with a schedule to publish the first issue in the spring.  

    We have developed an outstanding editorial board with Past President and AAHB Fellow, Rita DeBate serving as Editor-in-Chief and Lawrence Green and Steven Sussman, both AAHB Research Laureates serving as Honorary Laureate editors.  Nine additional AAHB Fellows have agreed to serve as members of the editorial board creating an outstanding group of researchers to lead this journal.

    For guidelines on article submissions and more information, please visit

    This is our journal.  Let’s make it great!


    Jay E Maddock, Ph.D., | Dean

    School of Public Health 

    Texas A&M University

    Professor | Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

    Adjunct Professor | Bush School of Government and Public Service

    MS 1266 | 282 SPH Administration Building 

    College Station, TX 77843-1266

    ph. 979-436-9322

    Transforming Public Health

  • 08 Aug 2016 3:31 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Dear Academy Members:

    Please join me in congratulating Dennis Thombs who has been named Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

    Dennis has been serving as Interim Dean since August 2015 and was selected for the position from among a nationwide search of candidates.

    He has been at the UNT Health Science Center since 2010 and has previously served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health; Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and Acting Director of the Texas Prevention Institute.

    “We welcome Dr. Thombs to this new position and look forward to his leadership in moving the School of Public Health to prominence,” said Dr. Thomas Yorio, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at the UNT Health Science Center. .

    Dennis has made major research contributions to the study of alcohol and drug use in the adolescent and young adulthood population. Over the last 25 years, his work has examined the role of peer norms in facilitating heavy, episodic drinking and impaired driving; identified specific pharmacologic, genetic, economic and site risk factors that contribute to unsafe patron intoxication levels in the on premise setting; and developed evidence-based, mental health first aid strategies to connect persons in need with professional mental health treatment resources.

    His research has been supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Education. He has authored more than 85 articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals, and is the author of one of the leading textbooks on addiction,Introduction to Addictive Behaviors, published by the Guilford Press, and now in its fourth edition.

    Dennis named AAHB Fellow in 2005, and served as President of the Academy from 2009 to 2010.


    Dr. R. Scott Olds

    Visiting Professor

    College of Population Health 

    Director, Undergraduate Programs College of Population Health

    130 UCAC

    MSC09 5040

    University of New Mexico

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    O 505 272 9363

    C 330 842 0400

  • 14 Jun 2016 9:01 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    Shervin Assari, Chair of the AAHB Membership Council is recently selected as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). Fellows should be nominated by at least three other Fellows and should be approved by the NYAM Board of Trustees. Eligibility is 10+ years of work experience in the field of medicine/health in addition to outstanding contribution to their field. Elected by their peers, NYAM Fellows are considered as distinguished professionals in medical professions, who embody the highest levels of achievement and leadership in urban health. Established in 1847, NYAM has 160 years of legacy in medicine and health. For more information, please see the NYAM website:

  • 31 May 2016 3:17 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)
    Daphne Hernandez, PhD, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 WGRC Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in the tenure-track faculty category.  She is rapidly building a national and international reputation in research on health disparities, with focus on disparities in food insecurity and obesity by  gender and race/ethnicity.  She has published numerous articles in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals in public health and family studies.  She has been awarded two major external grants, and mentored 23 students, since joining University of Houston in August 2012. 

    This award will be formally presented to Dr. Hernandez at an awards ceremony hosted by the WGRC, slated for August.  For the moment, please accept our congratulations.

    Dr. Devan Ford-McCartney

    Director- Women and Gender Resource Center

    University of Houston

  • 21 Apr 2016 1:17 PM | Joanne Sommers (Administrator)

    ISU Professor to Receive Third Alumna Award

    POCATELLO, Idaho - The Director of Nursing Research at Idaho State University is set to be honored by one of her alma maters this May. Mary Nies, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAHB will receive the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing 2016 Distinguished Nurse Alumna Award. Nies received her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois. She has previously received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Loyola University School of Nursing where she obtained her Master of Science in Nursing and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Dr. Nies is also a Professor in the Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University. She is Co-Project Director on the Idaho Senior Refugee Interprofessional Holistic Health Project funded by Health Resources and Services Administration for $1.5 Million. Dr. Nies is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and in the American Academy of Health Behavior. She was also inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in 2011.

  • 19 May 2015 11:10 AM | Katie Heinrich (Administrator)

    Click here to access the evaluation report for the 2015 AAHB Annual Meeting held in San Antonio, TX, March 15-18, 2015.

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback about the meeting!  The 2016 Conference Committee is already hard at work planning next year's meeting using your suggestions.  If you have additional suggestions for next year's meeting, please email the 2016 Conference Chair, Anna Greer.  

    If you have additional suggestions for AAHB marketing or this website, please email the Marketing & Communications Council Chair, Katie Heinrich.

  • 03 Sep 2014 7:42 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. David Wyatt Seal
    Tulane University School of Public Health 
    & Tropical Medicine

    Dr. Jennifer Unger,
    University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

    Dr. Matthew Lee Smith,
    The University of Georgia

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