Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), and chief of the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. He also previously served as professor and director of the Research Unit in Health and Behavioral Change at the University of Edinburgh. He is the immediate past president of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), as well as leader of the IUHPE Global Programme on Health Promotion Effectiveness. He holds an M.A. in history and philosophy of science and a Sc.D. in behavioral sciences, both from Johns Hopkins University.

Alberto Palloni is the Samuel H. Preston professor of sociology and population studies at the University of Wisconsin. His research explores the relation between early health and aggregate inequality in high-income countries. His work covers determinants of adult mortality and health disparities, adult health and mortality in low-income countries, statistical applications in population analyses, mathematical models for population dynamics, models for the analysis of self-reported health data, aging in developing countries, the effects of HIV/AIDS on families and households in sub-Saharan Africa, and the relationships between early health status and adult socioeconomic achievement and health status. His recent research has assessed the impact of selection mechanisms arising from early childhood experience on adult socioeconomic differentials in health and mortality in high-income countries. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds a B.S. from the Catholic University of Chile and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Samuel H. Preston is a professor of demography and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His major research interest is the health of populations, with primary attention to mortality trends and patterns in large aggregates, including 20th century mortality transitions and black/white differentials in the United States. His recent research has focused on the mortality effects of cigarette smoking and obesity in developed countries. He is a recipient of the Taeuber and Sheps Awards from the Population Association of America, and he was a laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Philosophical Society, and a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics, both from Princeton University.

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