Dr. Andrea Gielen

Dr. Andrea Gielen

2012 Research Laureate


Andrea Carlson Gielen, Sc.D., Sc.M. is Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and holds joint appointments in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.


Dr. Gielen teaches courses in program planning for behavior change, and behavioral sciences applications to injury and violence prevention. She has published numerous journal articles on health behavior, health education, and injury prevention topics. In 2006, she was lead editor of an injury textbook, Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Science Theory, Methods and Applications.

Dr. Gielen has almost three decades of public health experience, including as a public health department practitioner and an academic researcher directing numerous federally funded studies of health behaviors and behavior change interventions. Her research at Johns Hopkins has focused on developing and evaluating health education and health promotion programs, including the use of community based participatory research methods. Specific injury issues have included: child passenger safety, child pedestrian injury, bicycle helmet use among children and teens, older drivers, house fires and other home injuries, and domestic violence. Intervention strategies utilized in this work include stage tailored counseling, computer tailoring for low literacy audiences, enhanced physician communication, safety resource centers, community health worker and community partnered models.

Dr. Gielen also has served on technical advisory boards and as consultant to a variety of governmental and private national and international organizations. She recently completed her term as President of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and is a Board of Trustees Member of the Society for Public Health Education.

Dr. Gielen was presented her award and presented a keynote speech at the 2012 AAHB Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas on March 18-21, 2012.   She was presented the award by Dr. John Lowe, the 2011 Reserach Laureate.


Dr. Geilen's Presentation (pdf)      


Dr. Lowe's Introduction of Dr. Geilen (pdf)


Prior Research Laureates

Dr. John Lowe

2011 – Dr. John Lowe

John Lowe, DrPH, is Head (Chairman) of the School of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.   Dr. Lowe's research interests are in cancer control and prevention and injury prevention. Since 1980, he has worked in the area of intervention studies for the cessation of smoking among adults, pregnant women, and the prevention and cessation of smoking among youth. He is internationally known for his work in the area of skin cancer prevention. Professor Lowe continues to focus his research on community development and empowerment to make sustainable long-term changes to promote health.

Dr. Lowe's Presentation (pdf)


Dr. Ken McLeroy


2010 – Dr. Ken McLeroy

Kenneth R. McLeroy, Ph.D., is Professor of Social and Behavioral Health at the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.  He is currently Principal Investigator on two large projects including a recently  funded five-year renewal of the CDC funded Center for Community Health Development ($3.9 million) and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) funded Program for Rural and Minority Health Disparities Research ($6.8 million). Dr. McLeroy has published extensively on social ecology, the development and evaluation of community-based interventions, and critical community concepts such as community capacity, program institutionalization, and community coalitions.

                     Intro by Dr. Elbert Glover (for Ray Niara)(pdf)    Dr. McLeroy's Presentation (pdf)


Dr. Ray Niaura

2009 – Dr. Ray Niaura

Raymond Niaura, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Director of Transdisciplinary Research at Butler Hospital. His primary research interests include tobacco dependence and psychological factors affecting metabolism and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Niaura has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 30 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, as well as numerous grants from other funding agencies, including serving as PI of 14 on-going or completed multicenter, industry-sponsored pharmacological smoking cessation trials.


   Intro by Dr. Elbert D. Glover (pdf)        Dr. Niaura's Presentation (pdf)


Dr. Elbert D. Glover
Dr. Elbert D. Glover

2008 – Dr. Elbert D. Glover

Elbert D. Glover "Glover", Ph.D., is Professor & Chair, Department of Public &

Community Health, & Director & Founder of the Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health, College Park, MD. Dr. Glover is an internationally recognized authority on the topics of smoking cessation & smokeless tobacco, conducting hundreds of clinical trials with various nicotine pharmacologic adjunctsie, nicotine gum (2mg & 4mg), nicotine transdermal patches, nicotine oral inhaler, nicotine nasal spray, & the nicotine sublingual tablet.


   Intro by Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton (pdf)        Dr. Glover's Presentation (pdf)


Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton


2007 – Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton

Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H., is a senior investigator with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  His primary research interests are early adolescent problem behavior prevention and the prevention of motor vehicle crashes among novice young drivers. His research focuses on both risk assessment and the development and evaluation of effective interventions.

 PDF of Presentation     PowerPoint Presentation



Dr. Herb Severson
Dr. Herb Severson

2006 – Dr. Herb Severson

Dr. Severson is internationally respected for his work in tobacco prevention and control and in child behavioral disorders. He has been an author on two Surgeon General’s reports on tobacco use and an Institute of Medicine report. In 2006 he was the principal investigator of six grants and co-investigator on six others; chair of the board of Oregon Research Institute; and president of two companies. His presentation shared personal perspectives about shifts in tobacco-related research highlighting clinical and public health cessation efforts, traditional prevention approaches, and a new focus on reducing antisocial behavior and promoting school adjustment as an innovative way to reduce the onset of tobacco use.

PDF of Introduction      PDF of Laureate Presentation


Dr. Steve Sussman
Dr. Steve Sussman


2005 – Dr. Steve Sussman

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Sussman was the principal investigator of Project “Towards No Tobacco Use”, a tobacco-use prevention and cessation project among young teens that was disseminated nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “Program That Works” (1997-2002) and now is disseminated nationally by the Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention. It is recognized as a model program by the U.S. Department of Education, Sociometrics, Inc, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. His presentation revisited the issue of assumptions behind the field of health behavior research.

PDF of Introduction      PDF of Laureate Presentation



Dr. Cheryl Perry
Dr. Cheryl Perry

2004 – Dr. Cheryl Perry

Dr. Perry is perhaps best known for her work in smoking prevention research and is a recognized leader in both community heart-diesease prevention and tobaco control circles. Among her many other highly visible achievements is her service the 1994 Surgeion General's Report, which was entitled "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People". Her presentation looked at two major compoennets of health behavior research, etiologic research and action research. She concludes that intervention programs including explicitedly creative components are successful in reducing alcohol use and activity patterns.

PDF of Introduction      PDF of Laureate Presentation



Dr. John Elder
Dr. John Elder


2003 – Dr. John Elder

Dr. Elder has been an inspiration to a field struggling with both the programmatic and methodological challenges of conducting research in multicultural contexts. His fluency in Spanish, his extensive work in Mexico, and his consulting in numerous other developing countries give him a broader than usual perspective on the application of behavioral and social sciences in public health and education. Dr Elder has consulted for USAID, Rockefeller Foundation and WHO projects in 15 different countries in Asia, Latin America, and Europe in the areas of child survival, maternal and child health, dengue fever control, research design, and social marketing.

PDF of Introduction      PDF of Laureate Presentation



Dr. Brian Fy


2002 – Dr. Brian R. Flay

Dr. Flay stands in the highest ranks among the investigators in our field, not only in the United States, but with international recognition as well. He has a broader than usual perspective on the application of behavioral and social sciences in public health and education. His work spans such applications in institutional settings as well as in the mass media and in community-wide efforts, with particular attention to the health and related problems of adolescents and increasing emphasis on the necessity of combining the institutional and community components in comprehensive, integrated, and coherent programs.

PDF of Introduction      PDF of Laureate Presentation


Dr. Lawrence Green


2000 – Dr. Lawrence Green

Of all the health education researchers and writers who have contributed to our understanding of health behavior, none have done it more voluminously than our special person in health education, Dr. Lawrence W. Green has. No one person in health education is more widely read or quoted than our first American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate honoree. Unequivocally, he has contributed more widely to health education than any other person, past or present. He best represents what The Academy is all about.

PDF of Introduction      PDF of Laureate Presentation

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