November 25, 2004

Guest Editor

Leonard Jack, Jr., PhD, MSc, is the lead health scientist within the Program Development Branch and team leader of the Public Health Research and Evaluation Team of the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga. His team, including epidemiologists, behavioral scientists, associate research fellows, public health advisors, and program development officers, provides public health research technical assistance within the DDT and to its many external partners in the areas of community-based intervention, behavioral intervention, family intervention, and program evaluation research.

Before taking his current posts, Dr. Jack served as the DDT's senior behavioral scientist for community-based research. He was a behavioral scientist within the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC, where he designed and facilitated intervention research examining breast and cervical cancer screening behaviors among high-risk women. He also served as director of community intervention at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., where he remains an adjunct clinical associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Jack has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He has served as guest editor for several special issues and as reviewer or editorial board member for several journals. He has served on the Diabetes Association of Atlanta Board of Directors, the American Public Health Association's Governing and section Councils of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators' Research Committee, and he currently serves as chair of the Society of Public Health Education's Research Committee.

Dr. Jack is a nationally known speaker on the use of multi-level intervention strategies, the use of theory in public health and behavioral sciences, the effectiveness of community-based interventions, and the role of psychosocial and cultural determinants in shaping health.

Debbie Hinnen, APRN, CDE, BC-ADM, FAAN, was the associate editor in charge of coordinating this From Research to Practice section.

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