Health and Human Development alumni honored for careers and service

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society honored its 2016 award winners at the Oct. 28 College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board Awards Dinner.

All recipients are graduates of the College of Health and Human Development and have distinguished themselves in their careers and service.

Emerging Professional—Undergraduate Degree Award

Ryan Burke, who graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences, is a partner and the director of business development at One on One Fitness Consultants in State College.

He is also a certified nutrition coach, certified personal trainer, and an accredited continuing education provider for fitness professionals.

Emerging Professional—Graduate Degree Award

Larissa Duncan, who earned a master’s degree in 2005 and a doctoral degree in 2007 in human development and family studies, holds the Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child and Family Well-Being and associate professor in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is also the associate director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being in the School of Human Ecology.

Alumni Recognition Award

Charles Figley, who earned a master’s degree in 1971 and a doctoral degree in 1974 in human development and family studies, is the Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and professor of social work at Tulane University.

He also serves as associate dean for research at Tulane School of Social Work and director of the Traumatology Institute.

Alumni Recognition Award

Leonard Jack, who earned a master’s degree in 1987 and a doctoral degree in 1990 in health education, works for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he was recently promoted to editor in chief of Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD), the online journal established by the CDC.

Previously, Jack served as the CDC’s director of the Division of Community Health within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 

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Last Updated October 31, 2016