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Abby C. King

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center)

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    Tel (650) 723-6254 Tel (650) 725-5394


Administrative Appointments

  • Member,, School of Medicine Population Health Sciences Leadership Committee (2014 - present)
  • Member, University Committee on Research (2013 - 2016)
  • Acting Director, Division Chief, Stanford Prevention Research Center/Medicine (2009 - 2010)
  • Advisory Committee member, Sustainable Built Environment initiative, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment (2007 - 2010)
  • Member, faculty steering committee-Mobility initiative, Stanford Center on Longevity (2007 - 2008)
  • Member, Appointments & Promotions committee, Stanford Medical School (2006 - 2008)
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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Outstanding work in Support of Health Equity recognition, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) (2014)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2013)
  • President, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2010-2013)
  • Member, US Secretary of DHHS Sci Advis Committee, National Health Promot-Dis Prev 2020 Objectives (2007 - 2011)
  • Recipient, Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Divisional Teaching Activities, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Dept. of Medicine (2011)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Data & Safety Monitoring Board, NIA/PCORI-funded national Fall Injuries Prevention Partnership Trial (2014 - present)
  • Member, Science Board, US President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (2014 - present)
  • Member, Wisdom Council, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2012 - present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2011 - 2013)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (2007 - 2011)

Professional Education

PhD: VA Poly Inst & State Univers, Clinical Psychology (1983)

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Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My interests include the applications of behavioral theory and social ecological approaches to achieve large scale change in chronic disease prevention and health promotion areas of relevance, in particular, to mid-life and older adults as well as underserved communities; studying influences of the built and social environments on health behaviors and outcomes; expanding the reach and translation of evidence-based interventions through the use of state-of-the-art communication technologies; applying community-based participatory research perspectives to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations; and evaluating policy-level approaches to health promotion/disease prevention in the US and internationally.

In the physical activity and aging field, I am interested in the study of physical activity as a link to other health-promoting behaviors; and the relationship of physical activity and other health-related behaviors to day-to-day functioning, stress and coping, and sleep quality, particularly in chronically stressed populations.

In pursuing the development of behavioral interventions for chronic disease prevention with broad applicability to the population at large, I have investigated channels of delivery (e.g., mediated approaches and interactive technologies) that do not require ongoing face-to-face contact. We have found that mediated interventions can provide a useful alternative to more intensive face-to-face approaches to health behavior change and, in some cases, such as in the physical activity field, may actually produce better long term (i.e., up to two years) adherence than class- or group-based approaches.

Finally, we are applying "citizen science" perspectives in harnessing the power of residents to change their local environments to improve their health. The goal of this applied community-based research is to provide all residents, regardless of language, culture, or sociodemographic circumstances, with a means of identifying and working with other residents, community organizations, governments, and other decision makers to improve their local environments to promote health and wellbeing.





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