Distinguished Fellow Award

The award recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to SOPHE and the profession of health education or public health.

A SOPHE Distinguished Fellow has:

  • Made significant contributions to health education and health promotion.
  • Contributed their creativity and/or exceptional nature to the field.
  • Received professional recognition (honors/awards, special appointments, offices held, research, writing, etc).
  • Demonstrated results and impact of the nominee’s work.
  • Performed in a leadership role within SOPHE.
  • Contributed to health education, SOPHE, and public health.

Summer/Fall – applications accepted July through October. This award is presented to during SOPHE’s Annual Conference.

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Past Distinguished Fellows

2023 Marlene Tappe, PhD, MS
2022 Lloyd J. Kolbe, PhD
2021 Kenneth R. McLeroy, PhD, MS
2020 Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH, MLS
2019 Linda Lysoby, MS, MCHES®, CAE
2018 David A. Birch, PhD, MCHES®
2017 Robert Simmons, DrPH, MPH, MCHES®, CPH,
2016 Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MA, MCHES®
2015 Mohammad R. Torabi, PhD, MPH
2014 James H. Price, PhD, MS, MPH
2013 Kathleen R. Miner, PhD, MPH, MCHES®
2012 Frances D. Butterfoss, PhD; Robert S. Gold, PhD, DrPH
2011 Leonard Jack, Jr., PhD, MSc, CHES®
2010 James McKenzie, PhD, MPH, CHES®; David Sleet, PhD, FASHA; Marc Zimmerman, PhD
2009 Eugenia Eng, DrPH; Allan B. Steckler, PhD
2008 Nina Wallerstein, PhD, M. Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES®
2007 Collins Airhihenbuwa, PhD
2006 Kathleen Roe, DrPH, MPH
2005 Barbara Israel, PhD
2004 Robert M. Goodman, PhD, MPH
2003 Donald E. Morisky, ScD, MSPH; Bruce Simons-Morton, EdD, MPH
2002 Harriet Hylton Barr, MPH, CHES®; Emily T. Tyler, MPH, CHES®
2001 Brick Lancaster, MS, CHES®; Meredith Minkler, DrPH; Randy Schwartz, MSPH
2000 William C. Livingood, Jr., PhD, CHES®, Kate Lorig, DrPH, Edward J. Roccella, PhD, MPH
1999 John P. Allegrante, PhD; Ellen M. Capwell, PhD, CHES®; William A. Darity, PhD; John R. Seffrin,
PhD, CHES; Richard A. Windsor, PhD, MPH, MS
1998 Michael P. Eriksen, ScD; Florence B. Fiore, PhD; Robert D. Patten, EdD, MPH
1997 Alyson Taub, EdD, CHES®
1996 William B. Cissell, PhD, MSPH, CHES®
1995 No nominations
1994 Laura Carr Keranen, MPH; Virginia Cheng Li, PhD, MPH
1993 Carl Peter, PhD, MPH, CHES®
1992 Ann E. Nolte, PhD
1991 William H. Creswell, Jr., EdD; Marcia Pinkett-Heller, MPH; Marilyn Rice, MPH
1990 Marshall W. Kreuter, PhD
1989 Elizabeth McMahan, EdD
1989 Peter A. Cortese, DrPH; Lowell S. Levin, EdD
1988 Godfrey M. Hochbaum, PhD
1987 Noreen M. Clark, PhD; Marian V. Hamburg, EdD, CHES®; Clarence E. Pearson, MPH
1986 Helen P. Cleary, DSc, CHES; Paul R. Mico, MPH, CHES; Helen S. Ross, EdD, MPH, CHES®;
Beverly G. Ware, DrPH, CHES®
1985 Lawrence W. Green, DrPH; James P. Lovegren, MPH
1984 Stanley Rosenberg, MA, MPH; Wendy D. Squyres, PhD
1983 Charlotte Leach, MPH; Scott K. Simonds, DrPH, MPH
1982 Sigrid Deeds, DrPH, CHES®; Mary Alice Beetham, MPH
1981 Marshall H. Becker, PhD, MPH
1980 Jeannette J. Simmons, DSc, MPH
1978 Robert A. Bowman, PhD, MPH; Sarah Mazelis, MPH
1977 Helen Massengale, MSPH; Norbert Reinstein, MPH; Howard Ennes, MPH
1976 Edward B. Johns, EdD; Ruth F. Richards, MA, MPH;, Mary E. Spencer, PhD
1975 Marion T. Bryant, MPH; William Griffiths, PhD; Marjorie A. Young
1974 Anne M. Johnson; A. Helen Martikainen, DSc; Levitt B. Mendel, MPH
1973 Ira Hiscock, ScD
1972 Elena Sliepcevich, DPE
1971 Vivian V. Drenckhahn, MS, MPH
1970 Mayhew Derryberry, PhD; Ann W. Haynes, MPH; V. Ramakrishna, MD
1969 Ruth E. Grout, PhD; Mabel Rugen, PhD
1967 Lucy S. Morgan, PhD; Eunice N. Tyler, PhD
1966 Dorothy B. Nyswander, PhD; Claire E. Turner, DrPH
1965 Sally Lucas Jean; Sol S. Lifson, MPH