Patricia Davison Mail, PhD

Patricia Mail

Title: Retired Public Health Service Officer

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Patricia Davison Mail, PhD, Retired Public Health Service Officer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Providers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Since retiring as board president of the American Public Health Association in 2007, Dr. Mail has returned to the laboratory as a research scientist at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington, where she has worked since 1999. She is also the president of Dragon-Archer Consultants, and an accreditation site visitor of the Council on Education for Public Health. Dr. Mail has worked for the well-being of the American public since she was commissioned as an officer of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1970, serving through 1997 in numerous leadership roles. She is a co-editor with Heurtin-Roberts, Martin and Howard on “American Indian Alcoholism: Multiple Perspectives on a Complex Problem,” as well as numerous other contributions to medical literature on alcohol abuse and addiction.

Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, to George Allen and Constance Mail, Dr. Mail studied with the University of Arizona and earned an MS from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She completed a MPH from Yale University in 1967 and a MA back at the University of Arizona before her commission. She conducted postgraduate work with Seattle University, and while working as an extramural science administrator for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, she completed a PhD from the University of Maryland. Dr. Mail has served as chief and branch chief of the National Health Service Corps, and taught in numerous settings, including the Medicine Creek Tribal College and the University of Washington from 1999 to 2004.

For her many years in public health, Dr. Mail received a 2002 Tom Drummey Award from the Washington State Public Health Association, as well as a 1999 Executive Director’s Citation and a 1998 Judith Miller Award from the Society for Public Health Education. Among many honors, she has also received grant support from the National Defense Education Act, and served as the president of the American Public Health Association in 2006. Dr. Mail is a member or lifetime member of numerous military and medical societies, notably the Military Officers Association of America, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the Society for Public Health Education. Dr. Mail has appeared in Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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