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Dr. Thomas Teasdale Retires from Health Promotion Sciences

Dr. Thomas Teasdale Retires from Health Promotion Sciences

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2022

Please join us in extending our sincerest, most heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Dr. Tom Teasdale who has announced his intention to retire from the University effective January 7, 2022.  Dr. Teasdale has been an esteemed member of the faculty since 2003 and will be missed by students and colleagues alike.  We owe him a debt of gratitude for his invaluable leadership as the Department Chair for Health Promotion Sciences (HPS) for the last 6 years as well as his contributions to the fields of public health, geriatrics, and gerontology both at the state and national levels. 

Dr. Tom Teasdale is a health educator with 35+ years in the fields of public health, geriatrics, and gerontology.  He contributes to several national committees, has developed many educational products for instruction in aging, and has authored over 60 publications/chapters.  He worked for nearly 20 years jointly at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  In 2003, he moved to Oklahoma to join the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Oklahoma Department of Geriatric Medicine.  At the VA, he led the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service education mission and served as the Oklahoma site leader for the VISN 16 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC).  In the College of Medicine Geriatrics Department, he led the department’s education mission, was PI of the HRSA-funded Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center, was associate director of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, and concluded as vice chairman of the Department.  In 2015, he moved to the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health where he served as chair of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences until 2021.  His interests focus on evaluation of health care initiatives and workforce development with priority populations experiencing disparities.  He continues as co-PI of the University of Oklahoma GWEP ( and leads the evaluation efforts for several tribal health care initiatives.

Thank you Tom, for all you have done for the College, University and for Public Health and we look forward to celebrating your much-deserved retirement. You can send messages of congratulations to Dr. Teasdale at