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Student & Alumni Achievements

University at Buffalo Student Awarded for Outstanding Trainee Abstract in Health Decision Making

A University at Buffalo student has been awarded a prestigious award from the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) Health Decision Making Special Interest Group.

Photo: [Ms. Lynne Klasko-Foster]

Ms. Lynne Klasko-Foster, a PhD student in community health and health behavior at the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), was awarded “Outstanding Trainee Abstract in Health Decision Making.”

The SBM award committee reviews all the health decision making abstracts with a trainee as the primary author/presenter that are accepted for presentation at the SBM Annual Meeting to select the finalist which is highest in quality based on significance, innovation, and research quality.  Dr. Klasko-Foster’s submission, “Patterns of Change Over Time for Psychosocial Constructs in Response to a Culturally Targeted Colonoscopy Intervention” will be presented at the annual meeting in April where she will also officially be presented with her award.

Ms. Klasko-Foster is the third UB SPHHP student to receive this award from SBM. Dr. Erin M. (Walsh) Ellis won the award in 2012 for “Priming affective associations with fruit changes fruit consumption behavior” and Ms. Caitlin Biddle won in 2016 for “Illness information avoidance is associated with lower need to cognition and intuitive risk beliefs.”

Ms. Klasko-Foster’s research is conducted under the supervision of her advisor, Dr. Marc T. Kiviniemi, associate professor in the department of community health and health behavior and director of undergraduate public health programs in SPHHP.

“I and the other faculty couldn’t be prouder of Lynne’s accomplishments. The work that is recognized by this award aims to shift the way that we think about how people respond to educational interventions to change health behaviors,” says Dr. Kiviniemi. “By understanding which changes in thoughts, knowledge, and feelings ‘stick’ after a behavior change interventions and which ones don’t, we can better understand why interventions sometimes lead to behavior change but other times do not.”

“We are also tremendously proud of the fact that Lynne joins two previous Community Health and Health Behavior PhD students as recipients of this award,” says Dr. Kiviniemi. “This legacy of recognition of the high quality work our students and faculty conduct to advance health decision making science is notable and testament to our high quality students and their excellent work in collaboration with our faculty.”