The Lifetime Achievement award was established in 2000 and has only been given twice; first to Dr. Elbert Glover, the founder and first president of the AAHB and Dr. Albert Bandura for his significant theoretical contributions to health behavior research.
R. Scott Olds, HSD, President of the American Academy of Health Behavior, advised Bernie Murphy, via email, that "The award honors individuals who have made significant fundamental contributions to health behavior research, theory or practice. Dr. Green is exemplary because he has made significant contributions in all three of these areas. These accomplishments must also demonstrate a lifetime commitment and have had a lasting impact on the field. From his prolific and influential writing, notably the ubiquitously cited and practitioner-adopted PRECEDE/PROCEED planning model with Marshal Kreuter, to his academic, non-profit and governmental posts over his 40+year career, Dr. Greenís work is both widely recognized and respected. Much of his recent career has been focused on federal policy development, and work with professional organizations and agencies to facilitate the translation and dissemination of research to practice. This has led to the often referenced quote from Dr. Green, "If we want more evidence-based practice, we need more practice-based evidence." There are few individuals conducting health behavior research today who could not link Dr. Green to some aspect of their professional preparation, research or career development."