Research Laureate Award

2017 Research Laureate 

Award Winner:

Kenneth D. Ward, PhD

Dr. Ward will be presented this award during the Opening Welcome Address at the 2017 AAHB Annual Meeting in Tucson, AZ.

March 19, 2017

Previous Research Laureate Awardees

2017 Research Laureate

Kenneth D. Ward, PhD

Dr. Ward is Professor and Director of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Memphis School of Public Health.  His research focuses on community-, healthcare system-, and population-level approaches to reducing the burden of tobacco use.  He is co-founder and Intervention Director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, which is the Eastern Mediterranean Region's first comprehensive tobacco control research center ( and the recipient of the Hamdan Award for the Best Medical Institute in the Arab World.  

Dr. Ward’s research has been funded by more than 35 grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other funders.  At the University of Memphis, he is the recipient of the Faudree Professorship and the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.  Dr. Ward is a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and was recently a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 

Presentation Title:  Reflections on 15 years in the global tobacco trenches

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe successes and current challenges in global tobacco control efforts.
  2. Understand the global spread, dependence potential, and health effects of waterpipe tobacco use.
  3. Recognize social, political, and other “non-scientific” challenges of conducting global tobacco control research


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