Title: Director of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Company: National institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Location: Rockville, Maryland, United States
Dr. Ralph Hingson, Director of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in substance abuse.
With more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Hingson has been the director of epidemiology and prevention research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health since 2004. Prior to obtaining his current role, he was a professor of social and behavioral science for the Boston University School of Public Health from 1986 to 2007, having been an associate professor since 1980 and an assistant professor since 1973. In addition to his primary positions, he held a number of other roles with the school, including associate dean of research of Boston University School of Public Health from 2001 to 2004, having been chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department since 1986- 2001.
Dr. Hingson first pursued an education with Johns Hopkins University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in international relations in 1969. He then joined the University of Pittsburgh, completing a Master of Public Health in population studies in 1970. He subsequently returned to Johns Hopkins University, earning a Doctor of Science in public health and behavioral science in 1974.
A respected voice in his areas of interest, Dr. Hingson has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. The past president of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety, he is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Research Society on Alcoholism. He has also served on the editorial board of Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and he is a contributor of close to 200 articles to professional journals and chapters to books. He is partly responsible for raising the legal drinking age for adults from 18 to 21 as well wrote the article on making it illegal for people under 21 to drive after any drinking and studied the effects of lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .10% to .08%.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hingson has been recognized for his contributions. The recipient of the Director’s Award from the National Institutes of Health, he was given the Borkenstein Award and the Widmark Award by the International Council of Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety and the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. MADD named gave him a Hero Award and named the Ralph W. Hingson Research in Practice Annual Presidential Award for him. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named him an Innovators Combating Substance Abuse, and the US Jaycees named him one of America’s Outstanding Young Men.
Dr. Hingson has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World.
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