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Formation and Early History of The American Academy of Health Behavior

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Objective : To document the formation and early history of The American Academy of Health Behavior.

Methods : Recollections and interactions with selected founders of The Academy active in building the organization through its formative years.

Results : A professional organization came into existence whose sole mission is fostering research skill development and research dissemination across health behavior-related disciplines that increases the likelihood of improved translation and evidence-based practice.

Conclusion : Creation and survival of this organization required visionary leadership, dedicated early adopters, a commitment to excellence, and outreach to new researchers.

Keywords: AAHB; American Academy of Health Behavior; The Academy; health behavior; meritocracy; organization formation; research

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Professor and Co-Director, Florida Prevention Research Center, Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida College of Public Health, FL.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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