John R. Seffrin, Ph.D

The 1996 DeHaan Lecture was given by
John R. Seffrin, Ph.D

Executive Director,

The American Cancer Society

Opening Remarks by

Dr. Tom Baranowski
Director of the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education


April 14, 1993
Rollins School of Public Health

John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., national executive vice president and chief staff officer of the American Cancer Society, has previously participated at all levels of the organization's volunteer structure. Chairman of the Society's National Board of Directors from 1989-91, Dr. Seffrin served on several committees at the national level. At the Indiana Division he served on the Board of Directors, which he chaired from 1982-85, and the Division's Executive Committee. He was a member of the Tippecanoe County Unit Board of Directors from 1976-79.

Prior to taking the reins as the Society's national staff leader, Dr. Seffrin held the positions of Professor of Health Education and Chairman of the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University, as well as the university's Director of the Center for Health and Safety Studies.

An Indiana native, Dr. Seffrin received his bachelor's from Ball State University, his master's in Health Education from the University of Illinois, and his doctorate in Health Education from Purdue University. Dr. Seffrin has served on a number of public service and governmental boards and committees at the state and national levels. He has been a consultant to a number of organizations, including the U.S. Centrs for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Seffrin and his wife Carole, live in Atlanta. They have one daughter, Mary.