Dean Jay Maddock, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, has been elected president of the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB).
The organization focuses on both excellence in research and the application of research to practice to improve the public’s health. Previously, he served AAHB as chair of the membership committee and part of the strategic planning committee.
Dean Maddock is internationally recognized for his research in social ecological approaches to increasing physical activity. He has served as principal investigator on more than $18 million in extramural funding and is an author of more than 90 scientific articles. He assumed leadership of the Texas A&M School of Public Health in February, a top 25 ranked public health graduate school by U.S. News and World Report. Previously he served as the director of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program.
Dean Maddock will begin his term as president-elect at the AAHB annual meeting in March and will become president in 2016.