For achievements in translational research, Neuhauser receives outstanding scholar award

On Friday, March 29, Linda Neuhauser Dr.P.H. ’88, M.P.H. ’77, clinical professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, received the 2013 Charles Atkin Outstanding Translational Health Communication Scholar Award at the DC Health Communication (DCHC) Conference in Fairfax, Va. The award is presented to a researcher who has done exceptional work in translating health communication research into successful programs and policies.

Neuhauser, an international leader in applied public health and communication research, received the award in recognition of her collaborative approach to health interventions. She cofounded Health Research for Action, a research center at the School, to empower diverse populations through participatory interventions, primarily in heath communication. One of her most well-known accomplishments has been her leadership role in the development and extension of user-designed, large-scale parenting education interventions in the United States.

Professor Emeritus S. Leonard Syme nominated Neuhauser for the award, writing “My own research suggests that interventions are most effective when the people who are intended to benefit take charge of them to gain more control of their lives. In my view, Dr. Neuhauser’s radically different approach is key to successful interventions.”

At the DCHC Conference, Dr. Gary Kreps, chair of George Mason University’s Department of Communication, presented the award. Neuhauser gave remarks and also participated in a panel session on “Lessons Learned for Conducing Global Health Communication Research.”

“It’s a wonderful honor to receive this award. It highlights the increasing global interest in successful research translation using participatory processes,” says Neuhauser.

The DCHC Conference was sponsored by the George Mason University Center for Health and Risk Communication, the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute, and the Office of Behavioral, and Social Science Research at the National Institutes of Health. The DCHC conference Executive Advisory Board solicits nominations each year for the Outstanding Translational Health Communication Scholar Award. The awardee is selected by a national committee of communication scholars.

By Linda Anderberg