Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB assumed the leadership of the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University in February 2015. Dean Maddock previously served as the director of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program for 8 years. He is internationally recognized for his research in social ecological approaches to increasing physical activity.
Dean Maddock received his undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Maddock has been named the Bank of Hawai‘i Community Leader of the Year and received the Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association, Council on Affiliates. He has chaired the state board of health, co-authored the state physical activity and nutrition plan and was a charter member of the NIH study section on Community-Level Health Promotion. He has served as principal investigator on over $18 million in extramural funding. He is an author of over 100 scientific articles, and 150 chapters and abstracts. He is president of the American Academy of Health Behavior. His research has been featured in several national media outlets, including The Today Show, Eating Well, Prevention, and Good Housekeeping. Dr. Maddock has given invited lectures in numerous countries, including Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, El Salvador, and Brazil, and he holds honorary professorships at two universities in China.