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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia: Dr. Rachel Shelton Inducted as Society of Behavioral Medicine Member Delegate

Dr. Rachel Shelton, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health assistant professor of sociomedical sciences, was inducted as member delegate of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), a 2,400-member organization of scientific researchers, clinicians and educators. She was selected through a vote by the Society members, and began her term during the society’s 40th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions held in Washington, DC.

Dr. Shelton is also associate director of Research for the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia Mailman, as well as associate director of the Community Engagement Core Resource at the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. She also directs a new university-wide initiative on Implementation Science at Columbia.

A social and behavioral scientist, Dr. Shelton has expertise in implementation science, cancer prevention, and community-based intervention research. She has over 12 years of experience conducting mixed-methods research in both community-based and health system settings, with 60 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Translational Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Implementation Science, and Annual Reviews of Public Health. In addition to her work on advancing the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions in real-world clinical settings, she has published extensively on social and contextual factors that influence disparities in cancer and other chronic diseases among low-income African American and Hispanic populations.

Dr. Shelton has been a member of SBM since 2009 and oversaw the planning of three annual meetings as program committee co-chair, chair, and past chair.