Every year we recognize outstanding students and professionals for advancing physical activity knowledge. Awards are typically presented at our section's evening social during the APHA Annual Meeting.

Student Poster Presentation:

This award is given for the most outstanding oral and poster presentations. To be eligible:

  • Individual must be a student member (undergraduate, masters, or doctoral) of the Physical Activity Section at the time of abstract submission;
  • Individual must be a first author;
  • Abstract must represent the independent research of the student

Previous Award Recipients

 Year Name Institution Title

Dan Bornstein, PhD  

University of South Carolina   

Measuring compliance with new IOM guidelines for youth physical activity: Problems and solutions

 2013 Jennifer Turgiss, PhD 
 Boston University

Lessons from the field: How successful community-based coalitions on obesity choose and prioritize interventions to improve health, policy, health behaviors, and health outcomes

Benjamin Webb, PhD
 Pennsylvania State University
Practicing what they preach: Physical activity counseling practices of clergy
 2014 Gina Besenyi, MPH
 University of South Carolina

Park proximity and multiple health outcomes: Findings from the United States & Australia

Sarah Hughey
 University of South Carolina
Differences in active transport vs. recreational users on a prominent community trail
 2015 Jamie Dunnington, MPH
University of Oklahoma

Local assets & barriers to making active living supportive decisions: A qualitative study investigating city leaders' perspectives

Dangaia Sims, MA
Pennsylvania State University
Bike friendly businesses: Best practices & strategies
Shannon Halloway
Rush University

Interactive effects of sedentary behavior and moderate-vigorous physical activity on cardiovascular

Carissa Smock, MPH; Matt Nichols, MPH; Naomi Carlson 
Kent State University 
STAT: A spatiotemporal tool to link trail quality and use
Danielle Ostendorf, MS, ACSM-CEP
Colorado School of Public Health 
Physical activity and sedentary behavior in successful weight loss maintainers
Ellen Stowe
University of South Carolina 
Morgan Hughey
University of South Carolina Park Hop: Barriers and facilitators to children and families’ participation in a park-based physical activity intervention in Greenville, SC


Sophie Claudel National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute

Using Wearable Technology to Develop Effective Motivational Messaging Strategies to Promote Physical Activity among Overweight and Obese African American Women

Bridgette Do, MPH University of Southern California - Keck School of Medicine Examining within-day effects of ego depletion on physical activity using Ecological Momentary Assessment
Marilyn Wende, BS, MSPH University of South Carolina Examining spatial clustering patterns and regional and rurality variations of physical activity environments in the United States
 Nate Clennan BS Kansas State University (Anti) Social Media? Is Connectedness Leading to Less Physical Activity in our Youth?

Steven P. Hooker Research Award

The Steven P. Hooker Award is given to an outstanding research abstract that is related to at least one of the Physical Activity Section topics of interest in the call for abstracts. To be eligible:

  • Individuals must be a member of the Physical Activity Section at the time of submission.
  • Individuals must be first author on the abstract.
Previous Award Recipients
 Year Name Institution
 Yue Liao, MPH
 University of Southern California 
 Justin Moore, PhD
 University of South Carolina
 Susan Babey, PhD
 University of California, Los Angeles
 Elizabeth Garland, PhD 
 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai  
 2016  Asel Ryskulova, MD, MPH
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 2017  Angie L. Cradock, ScD
 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
 2018 Danielle R. Brittain, PhD Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado
 2019  Demetrius Abshire, PhD, RN  University of South Carolina