Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Richard A. Crosby - 2009

Richard A. Crosby is an Endowed Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Behavior at the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health in Lexington, Kentucky. His scholarship has included the publication of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and two textbooks designed for MPH students – one book devoted to behavioral theory and the other devoted to research methods for health promotion.

Dr. Crosby has a passion for research, especially behavioral research pertaining to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. He currently conducts several studies that focus on various behavioral issues related to condom use. Recently he has been awarded a major grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for his work with HIV and AIDs prevention among teens. His passion for research is only surpassed by his love for teaching. Dr. Crosby has taught courses in health behavior, behavioral theory, research methods, adolescent health, and biostatistics. He has also served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the American Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine, working in the Division of STD Prevention at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University).

Dr. Crosby later became an Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health. He joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2004. Dr. Crosby completed his PhD in health behavior at Indiana University in 1998. He also holds a master’s degree in health education from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.