The American Academy of Health Behavior

Congratulations to Dennis Thombs, PhD, FAAHB

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

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

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