ASPPH Academic Public Health Practice Excellence Award

This annual award recognizes graduate public health faculty who advance and integrate the scholarship of practice-based service, teaching and research for public health.

2020 Winner

Karen D. Liller, PhD, EdS, MA, CPH

University of South Florida College of Public Health

For nearly 30 years, she has translated her research findings to practice-based interventions and the development of injury prevention laws and policies, including bike helmet and pool fencing laws. Most recently, her service has been amplified through the Activist Lab she founded and directs. Based on a similar effort at the Boston University School of Public Health, the Activist Lab prepares students and members of the community to be exemplary advocates and leaders in public health through educational seminars, bootcamps, videos, a new podcast, and more.

One nominator reflected that Dr. Liller “has incorporated practice in all facets of her work and has enabled thousands of students to do the same. She continually espouses—’To learn you MUST DO!’ She practices what she preaches and everyday lives the USF College motto, Our Practice is Our Passion.”