2020

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Tung-Sung Tseng

 

Dr. Tung-Sung Tseng is an Associate Professor in Behavioral and

Community Health Sciences at the School of Public Health, Louisiana

State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Tseng is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) / Master

Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and an active member of the

Tobacco Control Initiative (TCI), the Design and Analysis Core at LSU’s

Improving Clinical Outcomes Network, and Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center.

He has intense experiences in professional leadership and community service

activities. He chaired the Ethics Committee of the Society for Public Health Education

(SOPHE) and Genomic Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA). He is a co-convener for International Comparisons of Healthy Aging Interest Group, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and members of Data & Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), Asthma Empowerment Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Asthma Disparities program, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/ National Institutes of Health(NIH). He also represents the APHA Genomic forum for Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)/National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Tseng serves as editor, associate editor, and editorial board member for several professional journals and reviewer for 30 more professional peer-review Journals.  His primary research interests include tobacco control, childhood obesity, gene-environment interaction, community-based participatory research (CBPR), risk behavioral patterns, health promotion interventions and evaluations, health disparities, and cancer prevention among ethnic minorities and underserved populations. As PI or co-Investigator on several universities- and NIH-funded grants, he develop effective intervention approaches and measures of risk behaviors, social determent of health, and other psychosocial factors relevant to cancer/obesity, and by establishing strong ties with genetic and behaviors intervention as documented in the professional publications.

Outstanding Research Award: Dr. Scott Roberts

 

Scott Roberts, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education

at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM SPH). At UM SPH,

he directs an NIH-funded T32 research training program for scholars working

on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics. Dr. Roberts' research

addresses ethical and psychosocial issues involved in disclosing genetic test

information. He has studied participants’ motivations and interests in genetic

testing, the psychological impact of providing risk disclosure, and health behavior

changes prompted by risk assessment. His work in this area has focused primarily

on genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease and hereditary cancer syndromes.

Public Health Genomics Award: Dr. Yu-Lyu Yeh

 

Dr. Yeh received her Ph.D. from the Department of Nutrition and Food

Science at Wayne State University in Michigan and worked as a post-doctoral

research associate in the Health Promotion and Genomics lab at Texas

A&M University. Dr. Yeh is also a Texas certified community health worker

(CHW) and CHW instructor. Dr. Yeh’s research interests are in public health

genomics, health education, nutrition, health disparity, and cancer prevention.

Dr. Yeh worked with diverse ethnicities groups, which included preschooler and

their parents in the Metro Detroit area, African American adolescents, Chinese

Americans, and Hispanics over time. Dr. Yeh’s recent research focused on providing

Family Health History based cancer education to the underserved population. She

conducted over 60 seminars for 800 Chinese Americans in Texas, developed the first

Chinese CHW certification training, and dissemination of FHH based cancer prevention

for English and Spanish speaking CHWs.

New Investigator Award: Mr. Ashten Duncan

 

Ashten Duncan, MPH, CPH, is a fourth-year medical student at the OU-TU S

chool of Community Medicine in Tulsa, OK. His research interests include

health care delivery models, hope theory, and applied positive psychology.

Ashten has been conducting and assisting with research studies for about

five years and has authored or coauthored four published peer-reviewed

articles. Passionate about writing, he has written essays, op-eds, prose, and

poetry that have appeared in various publications and fora, including Scientific

American, Tulsa World, and in-Training.

New Presenter Award: Dr. Haocen Wang

 

Haocen Wang is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Health and

Kinesiology at Texas A&M University under the supervision of Prof. Lei-Shih

Chen. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of

Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 and previously graduated from Shanghai

Jiaotong University in 2014 with a bachelor's and a master’s degree.

Her general research interest is creating effective and sustainable

community-based programs to support health behavior change among

underserved middle-aged and older adults. Her research during postdoctoral

training focuses on genomics-related public health promotion and education.

She has been involved in several research projects aimed at increasing

community health workers' competencies in providing basic genomic services

for cancer prevention.

Student Award: Dr. Mohammed Alhajji

 

Dr. Alhajji recently earned his Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from

the College of Public Health at Temple University. His research interest is

around the social and cultural determinants of hereditary diseases. Dr. Alhajji

co-founded Genome Center in Saudi Arabia, a social entrepreneurial

enterprise, to offer accessible genetic screening for all and to reduce the

prevalence of recessive diseases in the Kingdom. Dr. Alhajji is also recognized

as one of the most influential content creators in social media, where he

discusses contemporary issues in public health.