Co-Chair: Abby C. King, PhD
School of Medicine
Dr. King is Professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Recipient of the Outstanding Scientific Contributions in Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, her research focuses on the development, evaluation, and translation of public health interventions to reduce chronic disease and its key risk factors, including physical inactivity and sedentary behavior. She has developed and evaluated the effectiveness of state-of-the-art communication technologies and community-based participatory research strategies to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations worldwide. She has served on a number of government taskforces in the United States and abroad, including membership on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Scientific Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 and the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. An elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and Past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Dr. King was one of 10 U.S. scientists honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2014 for outstanding research targeting health inequities. Her research on citizen science engagement to promote healthful living environments for all has been honored with an international excellence award.