Deborah Rohm Young

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Distinguished Alumna


Deborah Rohm Young completed her Ph.D. in Health Education in 1991 under the direction of Dr. Mary Steinhardt.  Dr Young is currently the Director of Behavioral Research in the Department of Research & Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Prior to that she was Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  She is a recognized scholar in the conduct of community-based physical activity intervention trials, specifically for minority women and adolescent girls, segments of the population that suffer the most profound health consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Dr. Young has served on multiple committees in the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, is a standing member of an NIH scientific grant review committee, and has served in an editorial capacity for three journals. Dr. Young served on the inaugural Science Board for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and chaired the board in 2006-2007.