Mohammad R. Torabi
Purdue University, USAView Biography
Professor Torabi received a B.S. and M.S.P.H. from Tehran University, Ph.D. from Purdue University and M.P.H. from Indiana University. Currently, he is Chancellor’s Professor and Former Founding Dean of the School of Public Health-Bloomington and serves as Co-Director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention. His research focus has been in the area of measurement and evaluation of public and school health programs and factors associated with health behavior. His research extends into health promotion and key factors related to individuals’ decisions in the prevention of tobacco and other drugs, cancer, and HIV/AIDS infection. He has extensively published his research in a variety of major national and international journals in the field. Specifically, his research in the area of tobacco as a gateway drug and tobacco policy has made an impact at the national and international levels. Professor 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. His contributions have been recognized by numerous awards, such as the 2015 Society for Public Health Education Distinguished Fellow Award, Scholar Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Research Council Award of the American School Health Association, the Midwest District Scholar of the American Alliance for HPER. He also received the Outstanding Researcher Award by the Indiana University School of HPER; the Murray Auerbach Medal from the American Lung Association of Indiana; National Distinguished Service Award by the American School Health Association; and the Indiana University W. George Pinnell Award for outstanding service. Also he was selected a Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University College of Liberal Arts. 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 the American Academy of Health Behavior; Fellow of American School Health Association; Fellow of the AAHPERD Research Consortium; Fellow of American Association of Health Education; and Fellow of North American Society of HPER. In 1997, he was named a Chancellor’s Professor at Indiana University.