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2018 ACSM Election

Trustee Candidate: Basic & Applied Science

Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., FACSM
Program Officer
National Institutes of Health
National Center for Complementary
and Integrative Health
Bethesda, MA

1.  Please list your previous service to ACSM.

2008-2010     Elected member, Student Affairs Committee
2008-2013     Appointed member, Membership Committee
2009-2013     Appointed member, Health & Fitness Summit Program Committee
2010-2012     Elected chair, Student Affairs Committee
2012-2015     Member, Organizing Board for "Early Career Day" at ACSM Annual
2012-2015     Appointed member, Active at Annual Meeting Task Force
2013-2015     Elected member-at-large, Midwest Chapter Board of Directors
2014              Chaired a Free Communications Session at the Annual Meeting
2016              Current Appointed member, Professional Education Committee
2016              Current Appointed member, SHI on Women, Sport & Physical Activity

2.   What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

ACSM’s greatest strength is the breadth and diversity of its membership, representing multiple professions, personal backgrounds, and countries around the world. If elected, I would work to enhance ACSM’s diversity by promoting cross-disciplinary activities to bring professionals from different fields and backgrounds together, and by focusing on enhancing career development opportunities for students and young professionals.

One of the key benefits of ACSM membership is the opportunity to interact with and learn from a wide array of professional disciplines, and I would like to promote cross-disciplinary training and collaboration among our membership. By increasing opportunities for “cross-talk,” we can make large strides in knowledge and generate innovative strategies to address common challenges in physical activity research. ACSM is an ideal platform for this type of cross-disciplinary dialogue given that our membership spans practitioners to researchers, and basic scientists to epidemiologists.

In addition to promoting interdisciplinary connections, I also believe ACSM can make large contributions to science and public health policy by investing in the development of future leaders. Much of my previous service to ACSM has been focused on increasing student involvement, and I would like to broaden that work to include young professionals who may be struggling to launch their careers. We need to think creatively about how to engage students and young professionals and connect them to unique resources available at ACSM for career development. While the ACSM Leadership & Diversity Training Program is one example of a program that is working well to provide a pipeline to professional success for young members from diverse backgrounds, we need to think about expanding these efforts. As a Training Program Officer at the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), I am involved in many training and career development activities and am thus uniquely qualified to assist ACSM in this area.  I can also bring awareness of other national efforts relevant to ACSM and its membership to further enhance career development and networking opportunities. By focusing on strengthening the development of our younger members, we can continue to grow a diverse, committed membership.

3.  ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.

I am currently a program officer and the training officer for the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health at the NIH. As such, I serve on several trans-NIH committees/activities related to exercise and physical activity research and can provide updates on publicly-available information related to these activities and initiatives. I also have connections with the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiological Research, and the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine.


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