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Eric Muth serves as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.
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Eric Muth, associate dean for research and graduate studies in Clemson’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, has been named a fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Muth was selected based on his high level of research productivity, excellence and broad recognition for his accomplishments. Members include influential science, governmental and philanthropic leaders in the field. The academy’s membership committee elects fellows after they have been nominated by two academy fellows.

One of Muth’s nominators was James McCubbin, a longtime colleague and professor in Clemson’s psychology and public health sciences departments. McCubbin said Muth qualified in large part to become a fellow due to his extensive research background, which has led to significant contributions to the field of behavioral medicine.

“Eric’s research contributions have been recognized through multiple awards and honors, and he has proven to be a significant leader of our nation’s public health and defense research missions,” McCubbin says. “I know that he will be a valuable addition to the work of the academy going forward.”

The academy provides a forum for established scientists and thought leaders working in the field of behavioral medicine. It encourages the exchange of cutting-edge ideas in an informal yet scientifically charged atmosphere.

Muth said he was honored to join the academy and be recognized and nominated by scholars including McCubbin. He says inclusion in the academy serves as further validation of his work on a variety of topics across both basic and applied research areas.

“I’m honored to be the among the 2019 cohort of 10 fellows joining the academy, which includes behavioral scientists who are experts in their respective areas,” Muth says. “Attending the conference on an annual basis is immensely valuable due to the quality of the scholars and the scholarship being presented. This engagement at a high level results in the kind of communication that spurs collaboration and exciting new research.”

Leslie Hossfeld, dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, says Muth’s induction as fellow is another in a series of accolades that reflects well on his extensive work as a researcher. She said the college has benefited greatly from Muth’s accomplishments in research and specifically in the field of behavioral science.

“Being named a fellow to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research is a significant achievement and is well-deserved,” Hossfeld says. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Muth leading our research initiatives in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson University.”

Muth’s current research focuses on two main areas: developing wearable mobile health technologies for studying and changing eating behavior and understanding the physiology and prevention of motion sickness, with particular emphasis on head-mounted displays.

During 2008-2009, Muth served as a Humboldt Research Fellow in the University of Tübingen Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy in Tübingen, Germany. Muth has also served as a graduate mentor throughout his career, has over 80 publications and has received funding from a variety of agencies including the Defense Advanced Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health and several private corporations.

Muth served as the director of the Clemson’s Institute for Human Factors and Ergonomics Research from 2009 to 2016. He is a professor of psychology and joined Clemson University faculty in 2000. Before coming to Clemson, he served as an aerospace experimental psychologist in the US Navy. He earned a Ph.D and a master’s degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hartwick College.

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