Marcia Ory Regents and Distinguished Professor Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
Office: 157 SPH (School of Public Health) Phone: 979.436.9368 Email: Research Website


Marcia G. Ory is a regents and distinguished professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences within the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, and serves as director of the Program on Healthy Aging within the school. Dr. Ory is recognized as an international leader in public health and aging with interests in designing health promotion and disease prevention interventions at the individual, health provider and service delivery level to improve the health and well-being of individuals across the life-course. She has a long history of applied prevention research starting in the 1980s when at the National Institute on Aging directing the Social Science Research on Aging program. Most recently, she has been responsible for local, state and national evaluations of evidence-based health promotion programs, including serving as principal investigator for a multi-site national study of the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and multiple CDC-funded special initiative projects. Additionally, as co-director of the School’s Health Technology and Patient Empowerment initiative, she is concerned with the development of novel technologies for patient screening, diagnosis, and intervention. Dr. Ory has (co-)authored 10 edited books, 40 book chapters, 20 edited issues in professional journals, and published approximately 350 articles in peer reviewed journals. Twenty-five articles have been cited at least 100 times, and another 35 have been being cited at least 50 times. For a complete CV see

Dr. Ory is a fellow of several societies including the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, American Academy of Health Behavior, Gerontological Society of America, and Society for Behavioral Medicine. In recognition of her contributions to the field, she was recently awarded the American Public Health Association Life Time Achievement Award by the Aging and Public Health Section.


Post-doctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
M.P.H., The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Texas