Jay Maddock is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University. He is the co-director of the Center for Health & Nature and serves on the Brazos County Board of Health. Maddock previously served in a variety of leadership roles including Dean of the School of Public Health at Texas A&M and Department Head of Public Health Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was named the Bank of Hawai'i Community Leader of the Year in addition to receiving the Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association, Council on Affiliates. He has chaired the Hawaii state board of health and served as President of the American Academy of Health Behavior and Honorary Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living. Maddock's research has been featured in several national media outlets including The Today Show, Le Monde, BBC, CNN, Eating Well, Prevention and Good Housekeeping and he has authored over 130 scientific articles which have been cited over 5,000 times. He is internationally recognized for his research in social-ecological approaches to increasing physical activity and has given invited lectures in numerous countries including Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, El Salvador, Austria and Brazil and has held honorary Professorships at two universities in China. He has served as principal investigator on over $18 million in extramural funding. Maddock received his undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University and his master's and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island.