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Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009

IU's Mohammad Torabi receives Distinguished Service Award

Dec. 21, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Mohammad Torabi, Chancellor's Professor and chair of the Department of Applied Health Science in Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, received the Distinguished Service Award from Eta Sigma Gamma -- the National Health Education Honorary -- during its annual conference held in conjunction with the American School Health Association's annual meeting in Denver.

Mohammad Torabi

Mohammad Torabi

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The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to health education and outstanding service to furthering the goals of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Torabi's research focus has been in the area of measurement and evaluation of school and public health education programs and factors associated with health behavior. His research extends into health promotion and key factors related to individuals' decisions in the prevention of drug abuse, cancer and HIV/AIDS infection. His research has been published extensively in a variety of major journals in the field. Torabi has served as a research consultant for various state and national organizations, including governmental and non-governmental agencies, and has presented his research in major national and international conferences.

Torabi serves as editor of the Health Education Monograph Series and has served as assistant research editor of the Journal of School Health and a research editor for the American Journal of Health Behavior. He is a past president of the American Academy of Health Behavior. He has served as a member of the National Executive Board of the American School Health Association, at-large member of the National Council of the American Lung Association, a board member of the American Association of Health Education, and a member of the National Executive Committee of Eta Sigma Gamma.

He was a vice president for North American Region office of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education. Torabi has served as the president of the American Lung Association of Indiana and president of the IU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

His contributions have been recognized by numerous awards, including the Alliance Scholar Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the Monica R. Wild and Doris E. White Scholar Award from the University of Northern Iowa, the Research Council Award of the American School Health Association and the Midwest District Scholar of the American Alliance for HPER.

Torabi also received the Outstanding Researcher Award by the School of HPER, Indiana University Presidents' Award for Distinguished Teaching, School of HPER Outstanding Teacher Award, the Murray Auerbach Medal of the American Lung Association of Indiana, National Distinguished Service Award by the American School Health Association, the Indiana University Distinguished Service Award, and the Indiana University W. George Pinnell Award for outstanding service.

Torabi was selected a Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University. He has received various certificates of merits and commendation by the American Cancer Society, Phi Delta Kappa, and the American Lung Association. He is a Fellow of American School Health Association, Fellow of the AAHPERD Research Consortium, President and Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior, and Fellow of American Association of Health Education. In 1997, he was named a Chancellors' Professor at Indiana University, and inducted in the Indiana University Alliance of Distinguished Professors.

Professor Torabi received a B.S. and M.S.P.H. from Tehran University, a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and M.P.H. from Indiana University. In addition to chairing the Department of Applied Health Science, he serves as co-director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention and director of the Center for Health and Safety Studies.