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Lara McKenzie, PhD, Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior

(From the February 2017 issue of Research Now)

The American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) serves as a research home for health behavior scholars and researchers whose primary commitment is to excellence in research and the application of research to improve public health. Lara McKenzie, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, was unanimously endorsed as a fellow by the AAHB Board of Directors, conferred as an indication of distinction and based solely on merit, because of her significant record and scientific accomplishments.

According to the AAHB, minimum requirements to become a fellow are to have authored or co-authored at least 50 refereed research papers published in national or international journals that regularly report the findings of original health behavior research. In addition, candidates must also meet one of the following criteria: (1) presented at least 75 scientific papers at national or international professional meetings; (2) received at least 25 external research grants as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator; or (3) received at least $1.5 million in external research grants as a principal or co-principal investigator. The criteria for Fellow status are specific and rigorous, and are designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the body of knowledge in health behavior, and fellow confirmation also requires a two-thirds majority vote by the Board of Directors.

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