Public health sciences faculty named to review board of national health journal
Sarah Griffin, associate professor in Clemson’s public health sciences department, has been named to the review board of the American Journal of Health Behavior. In this role, Griffin will review submitted articles for the journal and provide input to the editorial board regarding content of upcoming issues.
Griffin’s three-year appointment to the review board lasts until 2020. Griffin said she is honored by the appointment and looks forward to representing her department and Clemson University on the board.
“This is an important appointment because of this journal’s prominence in health behavior research,” Griffin said. “I look forward to helping advance dissemination of behavioral research findings and working with leaders in health behavior research that make up the editorial board.”
Griffin and other review board members must be approved by the editor and/or the editorial review board based on journal criteria. The journal provides a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure and processes on health maintenance, health restoration and health improvement.
The journal disseminates knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs. It also showcases health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery. The journal features research on numerous issues, and Griffin looks forward to seeing the latest findings and scholarship on issues that are important to her.
“I look forward to seeing the latest findings on every topic the journal covers,” Griffin said, “but of course I have a particular interest in obesity prevention, chronic disease management and uses of technology to shape healthy lifestyles and behaviors.”
In 2015, Griffin was named a Greenville Health System Faculty Fellow, where she has lead GHS-Clemson research in childhood obesity and pediatric population health management. She has been a faculty member at Clemson since 2006.
Griffin previously served as a research associate in the University of South Carolina’s Prevention Research Center. Her research focuses on eliminating health disparities related to obesity among underserved, minority communities.
Griffin earned a Ph.D. in health promotion, education and behavior and a master’s degree in health promotion, education and behavior from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.