Earlier this month, The Academy of Europe’s Council endorsed Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean David B. Allison’s election to membership of the academy. The academy, whose members include scholars and scientists from around the world, promotes the advancement of excellence in a number of scholarly areas.
“I am deeply honored to be joining this extraordinary group of scholars. It is a privilege to be thought of, nominated and elected to this worldwide society that is dedicated to educating the public on many important academic topics,” Allison said. “I never get tired of learning new things, exchanging ideas, and trying to figure things out. I am a scholar, always, and flattered to be invited to be a part of this academy of amazing researchers, academics, and practitioners.”
The Academy of Europe was founded in 1988, and is comprised of leading experts from a number of science disciplines, the humanities, economics and law.
“David’s stellar academic and research reputation made him the ideal candidate to serve as the School of Public Health’s new dean,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “His election to the Academy of Europe’s Council affirms his place at the very top of his field and reflects the deep respect his research has garnered among his peers. We are so thrilled that David has brought his commitment to academic excellence to the School of Public Health, and we look forward to many groundbreaking advancements in the medical sciences during his tenure.”
Allison joined the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington in August 2017 after most recently serving as associate dean for research and science in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB, he was also a Distinguished Professor, the Quetelet Endowed Professor, director of the Office of Energetics and director of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center.
Allison is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical societies in the world. His research includes a breadth of activity — including basic science using drosophila (fruit flies), rodent models, epidemiology, human clinical trials, statistical methodology, meta-analysis, mathematical models and human behavioral research — and engages in cross-disciplinary collaborations with scientists from many academic backgrounds.
Allison received his Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University in 1990; his master’s degree in clinical and school psychology at Hofstra in 1987; and his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Vassar College in 1985.