Location: Sudbury, Massachusetts, United States
William DeJong, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public health.
Driven by the practical application of public health solutions, Dr. DeJong has found success in his career by putting the findings of research into action. In total, he has amassed more than 46 years of professional experience, during which time he has carried himself as a professional with high standards who always put forth his best efforts especially in the areas of underage alcohol consumption, alcohol and drug abuse and tobacco usage. His commitment to his career shows, as he was able to accomplish much success through his prominent roles in his field. After establishing a career in social psychology early on, he shifted his professional focus toward public health by taking a role with Harvard School of Public Health in 1995. While there, he was a lecturer of health communications for six years. At the same time, he took on a second role with the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention in Newton, MA. His growing expertise in his industry led him to become involved in projects with the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Oversight Council and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. For many years, Dr. DeJong has consulted for various programs and organizations as he has made it his mission to impact as many people as he can. For 17 years, that also included work as a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. DeJong is a published author regarded for his extensive insights and knowledge on various subjects affecting public health. He authored “Preventing Interpersonal Violence Among Youth,” in 1994, “Setting and Improving Policies for Reducing Alcohol and Other Drug Problems on Campus,” in 1996, “The Media and the Message: Lessons Learned from Past Public Service Campaigns,” in 1998, “Safe Lanes on Campus: A Guide for Preventing Impaired Driving and Underage Drinking,” in 2003 and “Experiences in Effective Prevention: The U.S. Department of Education’s Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses Grants,” in 2007.
For his professional excellence over more than four decades, Dr. DeJong has been the recipient of many awards. Most notably, he received a College Leadership Award from the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Section of the American Public Health Association, a Public Health Mentoring Award from the American Public Health Association, a Faculty Mentor Award from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Norman A. Scotch Award for excellence in teaching from Boston University School of Public Health. He has also been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. When asked of the highlight of his career, Dr. DeJong notes the work that he performed with the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention because he was able to not only provide technical assistance, but he was also able to redirect how college administrators were thinking about the problems affecting their campuses and how they wanted to solve them.
Dr. DeJong’s career successes are supported by a strong foundation of education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, which he earned summa cum laude in 1973. His graduate and doctoral studies were pursued at Stanford University, where he earned a Master of Arts in 1975 and a PhD in 1977. To remain at the top of his field, Dr. DeJong has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Civil Liberties Union. Looking ahead, he intends to continue consulting on public health projects while taking on new opportunities in his field to make an impact.
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