John P. Elder is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at San Diego State University and an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD, where he co-leads the Reducing Cancer Disparities Program at the Moores Cancer Center.
A psychologist by training, he founded SDSU’s IBACH (Institute for Behavioral and Community Health) and led it for 26 years, during which time it became the largest extramurally funded research center in the entire 23-campus California State University system. In addition to leading 11 NIH and comparable R01s, he has published 375 articles . His work spans obesity prevention, tobacco use, diet/nutrition, asthma control and physical activity; and dengue, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. He has developed and evaluated programs in 33 countries, including 12 in the Americas. His mentoring has focused on future Latino and Latin American researchers, including junior faculty from around the USA and for graduate and undergraduate students. These and other efforts were recognized by the USA nationwide “Exelencia in Education” Award for promoting Latino student success (post-graduate category) in 2009.