Dr. Jeff Hallam is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Public Health at Kent State University and Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He came to the College of Public Health in July 2013. Prior to his position at Kent State University, Dr. Hallam was Professor and Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research at The University of Mississippi. He has held faculty positions at Baylor University and The Ohio State University. Dr. Hallam's research focuses on the construct validation of health behavior interventions, specifically physical activity behavior. He also conducts community-based participatory research and examines how the built environment and policy influence physical activity. Dr. Hallam has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Active Living Research, US Department of Education, NCAA, Anheuser-Busch, National Center for Safe Routes to School, Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, and the James C. Kennedy Foundation. He has extensive experience in developing and testing tools to measure theoretical variables. He currently serves on the Board of the Akron Division of the American Heart Association. Dr. Hallam is an elected member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association and the immediate Past-President of the American Academy of Health Behavior.