Deans and Directors of Household Science and Home Economics

Thomas J. Abernathy, BA, MA, PhD (1981-82)

Dr. Abernathy is a graduate of the University of Oregon, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in social psychology. He studied at Southern Oregon College, receiving a Master of Science degree in sociology, and at the University of Georgia from which he was awarded a PhD in social psychology. Prior to moving to the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Abernathy held academic positions at the University of Georgia, St. Bonaventure University, the University of Oregon and the University of British Columbia. He joined the College in 1980 to assist in developing a new program in family and consumer studies and to teach courses in these areas. He was appointed Dean in 1981.

Dr. Abernathy left the University in 1982 to accept a position in Alberta. He is currently Director of the Central West Health Planning Information Network, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and an Associate Professor in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. His research involves social structure and health, policy analysis and the social-psychology of health behaviour. He has carried out major longitudinal evaluations of the federal PAL smoking prevention program, a national HIV/AIDS prevention initiative among injection drug users, and the Ontario Tobacco Control Act.

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