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Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas AandM Health Science Center, College Station, TX, USA
Is a Regents Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health (SPH) at the Texas A&M HSC in College Station, Texas. She is also the Director of the SPH Program on Healthy Aging and the academic partner for the Community Research Center for Senior Health. She is involved in two Special Initiative Projects funded through the CDC Prevention Research Centers: the Texas Healthy Aging Network (Co-Principal Investigator) and the Central Texas Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (Principal Investigator). Dr. Ory also serves as the evaluator for the state-wide Texas Healthy Lifestyles Program. In these roles, she is examining how evidence-based programs for seniors can be translated to community settings, expanding program reach and sustainability. Her major research emphasis is chronic disease management with attention to strategies for improving the translation of diabetes prevention and treatment guidelines and, more recently, examining the implementation and dissemination of best strategies for enhancing the quality of life for cancer survivors. She works in both community and clinical settings with the goal of fostering better coordination between health care and aging services networks.
Previously, Dr. Ory spent twenty years in federal service as Chief of Social Science Research on Aging in the Behavioral and Social Research Program, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. She holds a doctorate from Purdue University and a masters of Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University. She has been the author of over 200 publications on a variety of topics including self-care in later life, family caregiving and dementia care, doctor-patient interactions, aging and formal health care, cancer prevention and control, minority health and aging, and translational research.
Dr. Ory is a distinguished alumna of Purdue University, Fellow of several professional organizations (American Academy of Behavioral Research, American Association of Health Behavior, Gerontological Society of America, and the Society for Behavioral Medicine) and a recipient of numerous awards including the Polisher Institute Award for Excellence in Applied Gerontology, the International Council on Active Aging Industry Innovator Award, the Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation, the Betty J. Cleckley Award for Excellence in Research on Minority Health Issues, and the Erickson Foundation Award for Successful Aging. Her dedication to enhancing the careers of new scholars in aging is evident in her receipt of the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Gerontological Society of America. She was appointed a Regents Professor at the Texas A&M HSC in recognition of outstanding services and commitment to the people of Texas and recently received the Philip Weiler Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association.