Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Marcia Ory, Ph.D., M.P.H., Regents Professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health, is one of six faculty members to receive the prestigious Regents Professor Award. In fact, during the past six consecutive years, TAMHSC-School of Rural Public Health faculty have received this distinguished award, including Larry Gamm, Ph.D.; Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D.; K.C. Donnelly, Ph.D.; Charles Phillips, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Catherine Hawes, Ph.D.

Established in 1996, the Regents Professor Award is bestowed annually by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in recognition of awardees’ exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. Since its adoption, 144 faculty members from universities, agencies and the Texas A&M Health Science Center across the A&M System have been recognized with the award.

Dr. Ory has made substantial contributions to identifying factors associated with healthy aging, as well as implementing and disseminating evidence-based programs for improving the health and functioning of older adults. Working collaboratively with a variety of community, state and national partners, she has advanced the science of public health translational research. She also is known for her excellence in mentoring the next generation of scholars and practitioners.

An international leader in healthy aging, community-based prevention and wellness, Dr. Ory has authored or co-authored more than 10 edited books and 250 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Additionally, she has generated more than $1 million annually in expenditures for research and service.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell

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