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Click on a quote to read more about each Past President's experience in AAHB

"You are always your own best advocate but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Lean on your mentors, friends, and peers to find support and allies."

Elbert D. Glover

Elbert D. Glover, PhD, FASHA, FAAHB, FRIPH


"The AAHB is an excellent venue for meeting quality researchers."

Chudley E. Werch

Chudley E. Werch, PhD


"I'm not one to predict the future, but with sound leadership, and dedicated members, the future is bright."

Robert J. McDermott

Robert J. McDermott, PhD, FAAHB


"Pay attention to family members and others you love and never let your work be the ultimate driving force in your life – achieving balance in life will be true excellence."

Mohammad R. Torabi

Mohammad R. Torabi, PhD, FAAHB


"Do not be afraid of rejection and failure. Learn from them and move on."

David R. Black

David R. Black, PhD, FAAHB


"Learn and have the courage to think outside the box."

Bruce Simmons-Morton

Bruce Simmons-Morton, EdD, FAAHB


"Given its small size and research focus, the AAHB provides a great venue for professional development."

Steve Y. Sussman

Steve Y. Sussman, PhD, FAAHB


"Be good at working with people, be good in methods, be good substantively, be persistent but flexible; follow your research desires and meld them at least in part with what is realistic; be hopeful; enjoy your work."

Molly T. Laflin

Molly T. Laflin, PhD


Dennis L. Thombs

Dennis L. Thombs, PhD


"Persevere, do not be discouraged, and ask for help."

David W. Seal

David W. Seal, PhD, FAAHB


"Stay focused on your career goals. But make sure they are your career goals."

Elaine A. Borawski

Elaine A. Borawski, PhD, FAAHB


R. Scott Olds

R. Scott Olds, HSD


"Be involved, take you work seriously but not yourself; and keep an open mind about always being willing to learn."

Rita Debate

Rita Debate, PhD, FAAHB


Dong-Chul Seo

Dong-Chul Seo, PhD, FAAHB


"Take advantage of the AAHB mentoring program in which you can connect with outstanding researchers."

Jeffrey S. Hallam

Jeffrey S. Hallam, PhD, CHES


"I encourage you to push outside your limits and do research that will change the world."

Jay Maddock

Jay Maddock, Ph.D., FAAHB


"Find your passion and research what interests you. If you are curious and excited about what you do, the research questions come easily."

M. Renée Umstattd Meyer

M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, PhD, MCHES, FAAHB


Mark B. Reed

Mark B. Reed, PhD, FAAHB


"Stay true to your passions. Ask for help, offer help. Seek many different kinds of mentors and collaborators. Above all else, be kind."

Lara B. McKenzie

Lara B. McKenzie, PhD, FAAHB


E. Lisako McKyer

E. Lisako McKyer, PhD, FAAHB


Katie Heinrich

Katie Heinrich, PhD, FAAHB


"Make time for yourself and your own well-being. You can give so much more when your cup is full."

Annie Nguyen

Annie Nguyen, PhD, MPH


"You are always your own best advocate but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Lean on your mentors, friends, and peers to find support and allies."

Hsien-chang Lin

Hsien-chang Lin, PhD, FAAHB


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