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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Texas A&M Faculty Elected APHA Law Section Councilor

Dr. Alva O. Ferdinand, assistant professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, has been elected to a three-year term as Councilor of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Law Section.

Ferdinand Friday Letter

[Photo: Dr. Alva O. Ferdinand]

The Law Section is composed of public health professionals who work at the intersection of law and public health, focusing on the critical role of domestic and international law in protecting the public’s health.

Dr. Ferdinand is among the leading experts nationally in research assessing the impact of state distracted driving laws on various roadway outcomes. She has served as an expert witness in legislative hearings and her research has been featured on the National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting Service, the Washington Post and the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Tribune, among others. In 2014, AcademyHealth, the premier academic association for health services and health policy researchers, recognized the value and impact of her distracted driving research and awarded Ferdinand the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

In addition to her distracted driving research, Dr. Ferdinand has been actively developing a research agenda that incorporates her interest in various policy issues such as tax-exemption status for non-profit hospitals, naloxone overdose prevention laws, and gun control laws.

Dr. Ferdinand’s term begins Nov. 3 following the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.