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.