USC PRC Director Elected to Fellowship in the Society of Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Sara Wilcox has been elected to fellowship in the Society of Behavioral Medicine, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of behavioral medicine.

 

Sara Wilcox was inducted into Fellowship by the Society of Behavioral Medicine at their annual meeting.

Exercise Science Professor and Prevention Research Center Direction Dr. Sara Wilcox has been elected to fellowship in the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She and seven other newly elected fellows were honored on March 31 during the Presidential Keynote and Awards Ceremony at the Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Washington D.C.

Society of Behavioral Medicine Fellows are selected in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of behavioral medicine and are evaluated based on academic, professional, clinical, legislative, and other meritorious accomplishments. They are expected to perpetuate the organization’s prestige, dedication and tradition while serving as role models who offer guidance for students and members. The Society’s fellowship program demonstrates its commitment to advancing the science and practice of behavioral medicine and ensures the future of the organization.

Fellows must be accomplished in behavioral medicine practice, research, teaching, or administration/leadership, but Wilcox excels in all of them. As director of USC’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Prevention Research Center, she oversees the Center’s efforts to translate research into practice—benefiting the public’s health through engaging in the promotion of physical activity, community intervention, training, dissemination and applied research.

n terms of her own research, Wilcox focuses on factors that influence physical activity by understanding personal, social and environmental elements in generally understudied populations (e.g., women, older adults, African Americans). Since 1995, she has published more than 170 peer-reviewed publications, eight book chapters and various other publications and reports. In the past seven years alone, she has received in excess of $20 million in grant funding as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator—much of it from federal agencies.

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