Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH

Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH

Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, Texas A&M Health Science Center

Regents and Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health

1266 TAMU
College Station, TX   77843-1266

Phone: 979-436-9417

Education and Training

  • B.A. in Sociology/Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in  Sociology/Human Development, Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Ph.D. in Family Studies (Sociology)/Human Development, Purdue University
  • M.P.H. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research Interests

  • Aging and Health Promotion  
  • Chronic Disease Management 
  • Doctor-Older Patient Interactions 
  • Translational Research

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, founding director of the Center for Population Health and Aging, serves as associate vice president of strategic partnerships and initiatives, as well as Regents and Distinguished Professor at the School of Public Health. As co-director of Healthy South Texas and Center for Population Health and Aging, Dr. Ory has built successful models of health initiatives that have expanded across the state, making a positive difference in the lives of Texans. Dr. Ory is also chairperson of the Opioid Task Force, a multidisciplinary academic team formed to mitigate the opioid crisis. The task force is identifying gaps in knowledge of opioid pain management safety and developing continuing education materials practitioners.

Prior to joining Texas A&M, she had a 20-year career as chief of social science research on aging at the National Institutes of Health. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University and Master of Science in public health from The Johns Hopkins University. A leading scholar in healthy aging, community-based prevention and wellness research, she has made significant contributions to redefine healthy aging as the new normal. Dr. Ory has authored or co-authored 10 edited books, 40 book chapters, 20 special thematic issues in professional journals, more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and delivered more than 500 presentations at local, state, national and international venues. She has also received more than $50 million in awards to fund research and service projects.

Dr. Ory is a distinguished alumna of Purdue University, Fellow of several professional organizations (American Academy of Behavioral Research, American Association of Health Behavior, Gerontological Society of America, and the Society for Behavioral Medicine) and a recipient of numerous awards including the Polisher Institute Award for Excellence in Applied Gerontology, the International Council on Active Aging Industry Innovator Award, the Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation, the Betty J. Cleckley Award for Excellence in Research on Minority Health Issues, and the Erickson Foundation Award for Successful Aging. Her dedication to enhancing the careers of new scholars in aging is evident in her receipt of the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Gerontological Society of America. She was appointed a Regents Professor at the Texas A&M HSC in recognition of outstanding services and commitment to the people of Texas and recently received the Philip Weiler Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association.