NORMAN, Okla. - Roy Frank Oman, Ph.D., a 1977 graduate of Ilwaco High School and son of Donna Oman and the late Roy Oman, Sr., was recently awarded the Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professorship.

Roy received the award for excelling in his professional activities at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and for mentoring and inspiring his students through sharing his knowledge and experiences. Presidential Professorships are awarded each year to only a handful of professors who exemplify the ideals of a scholar through their accomplishments in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the university and local communities.

Roy joined the OUHSC faculty in 1995. While at the university, he has developed a nationally recognized research program focusing on youth development and youth risk behaviors. He has supported and mentored 15 graduate students under his research program and his advisees and graduate research assistants have received more than 10 awards for academic and research excellence.

Dr. Oman continues to regularly teach and develop new courses while maintaining an extensive research program. The total amount of external funding for his research agenda exceeds $7 million dollars. Since 2000, his research has produced 28 peer-reviewed publications, 44 presentations at national conferences and 12 invited lectures. He also was recently appointed to a National Institutes of Health study section.

The Presidential Professorship program was established by the late Edith Kinney Gaylord, a long-time journalist and philanthropist. In 1942, Gaylord joined the New York bureau of the Associated Press and a year later became the first woman to serve on the general news desk of AP's Washington bureau. She also was one of the first presidents of the Women's National Press Club. In 1982, she founded the Inasmuch Foundation as a vehicle for her giving to the arts, health, and human services organizations.

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