William Parker Hinson
William “Parker” Hinson is a doctoral student in the department of Behavioral Science and Community Health (BSCH). He graduated Cum Laude from UF in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education focusing on Health Studies, and received his Masters in Public Health from BSCH in 2011. He completed an internship with the City of Gainesville where he evaluated the city’s worksite wellness program, ProClub, and works at the Alachua County Health Department as a Health Education Consultant for the Young Adult Smoking Cessation program. He is also serving as the Program Director for the National Student Leadership Conference in Berkeley, CA during the 2012 summer.
Parker’s tenure at UF has exemplified excellence in academic performance, leadership, research, and community service. For example, as an undergraduate he was directly involved with creating a project to commemorate World Diabetes Day, which later made UF the first campus in the nation to annually observe this worldly recognized day. Moreover, Parker has served as a lead graduate research assistant on a National Institutes on Aging pilot study investigating exergame physical activity and functional mobility among women with knee osteoarthritis. He has written and had accepted numerous abstracts for poster presentations at local and national conferences (UF Graduate Research Day, American Public Health Association, and Society of Public Health Educators), been listed as co-author on three oral paper presentations held at the national Games 4 Health and APHA conferences, and written a first author manuscript submitted to the journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism. Currently, Parker is the Principal Investigator of research investigating cellular phone use and distracted driving on the UF campus.
As a leader, Parker has served as Vice-President for the UF Public Health Student Association, been selected as a Representative for both the Graduate Student Council and the Public Health Executive Committee, and is presently serving as the Florida Public Health Association student section’s (FPHA-SS) Conference Committee Chair.