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Faculty & Staff Honors

Texas A&M Faculty Awarded American Academy of Healthy Behavior Early Career Research Award

Dr. Samuel Towne, Jr., assistant professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2017 Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award by the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB).


[Photo: Dr. Samuel Towne, Jr.]

This award recognizes early-career health behavior research that is innovative and rigorous and that makes an important contribution to science or practice.

He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in public health from the University of North Florida. Dr. Towne did his postdoctoral training in Aging and Minority Health Disparities at the Texas A&M School of Public Health after graduating with his PhD in Health Services, Policy, and Management from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. His major research focus related to health disparities among vulnerable populations (i.e. rural &/or minority individuals) and geographic distributions of health-related measures (e.g. the intersection of health and place). He has led or co-authored 25 peer-reviewed scientific articles and five book chapters since joining Texas A&M in 2013. He also serves on multiple ongoing research studies as co-investigator.

“I am honored to be recognized for this award and will continue to work towards efforts to ameliorate health disparities in Texas, across the U.S. and abroad,” Dr. Towne said.

Dr. Towne will receive the award during the AAHB annual meeting March 19-22 in Tucson, AZ.