Jason Maddock is the Dean of the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University, the oldest university in the state of Texas. As the Dean, Maddock is responsible for training the next generation of public health practitioners and researchers. Maddock works with the faculty to facilitate research projects, some of which include the impact of texting while driving laws, and the relationship between air pollution during pregnancy and subsequent childhood asthma.
For the past 15 years, Maddock worked on the Healthy Hawaii Initiative, a statewide program to address the increasing physical activity and nutrition in communities. The program included social marketing through television advertisements, school-based interventions, and policy and environmental change to create walkable and bike accessible communities. These efforts helped Hawaii earn its ranking as America's healthiest state over the past two years.
Through his career, Maddock has had the opportunity to bridge research and practice in the field of public health. He has been able to conduct studies in Asia surrounding the household factors related to childhood obesity and physical activity in parks. As well as, the parental concerns regarding the effect air pollution has on the health of children.
During his time at Maxwell, Maddock took an advanced research class that started his lifelong love of research, which led directly to his graduate program and his career in academia. Additionally, he worked in the sociology department's office as a student assistant.
His advice for current students: “find what you love to do. Build a relationship with the Maxwell professors. When you graduate you should have professors who know you well and can help you and your future career.”
Maddock received a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from Syracuse University in 1995. He earned a masters in experimental psychology in 1997 and later received his PhD in experimental psychology in 1999 from the University of Rhode Island. Originally from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Maddock currently lives in Texas.