Dwayne Proctor Childhood Obesity Team Leader and Senior Program Officer Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dwayne Proctor, Ph.D. Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a public health and prevention specialist. His professional background includes working on projects designed to reduce youth interpersonal and gang violence, prevent the spread of HIV / AIDS in West Africa, and reduce underage drinking in high-risk populations. Currently, Dr. Proctor directs and leads national strategies towards the Foundation’s highest health priority—reversing the national trend of childhood obesity in America.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2002, Proctor was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he taught public health, medical and dental students health communications and health marketing approaches for engaging multiethnic populations. As a scholar, his contributions to research articles published in Addictions, Journal of Health Communications, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reflect his broad interests in using communications science approaches to assist in the prevention of today’s most pressing public health problems.
Proctor received his graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of Connecticut and was a Fulbright Fellow in Senegal, West Africa. His post-doctorate training at the UCONN Alcohol Research Center was sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and the Advisory Network for the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. Proctor previously served on the Steering Committee for the Academy for Educational Development’s Innovations in Social Marketing Conference and on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Independent Living in Hartford, CT.